Arcadia teen charged with DUI manslaughter

May 27, 2010 Full story: North Port Sun 69

ARCADIA a ' Brandon George Beard, 18, of Arcadia has been charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter in connection with the August 2009 deaths of two people.

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Brittney Kasankiewicz

Punta Gorda, FL

#1 Jun 11, 2010
I'm the daughter of Debora Kasankiewicz who was seriously injured in this accident. She has suffered so much because of your decision to drink and drive. I hope you understand the severity of what you did to my family and the family of one of the people you killed, Lucas Taylor (her boyfriend). I find it hard to forgive you Brandon Beard.... my mother is only 39 yrs old and is forced to be on disability because she is not allowed to work anymore. She's in pain EVERY DAY because she suffers from traumatic brain injuries. You deserve EVERYTHING that happens to you. See you in court....
Sympathetic

Port Charlotte, FL

#2 Jun 11, 2010
Brittney, I know your hurt mad and fustrated but you have to learn to forgive and let God deal with Brandon. You will only hurt yourself being filled with hate. Head up little one, good people need you. Be the best you can be for them.

Luv ya.
Aunt

Fort Myers, FL

#3 Jun 13, 2010
Brandon, You have not only affected your family and those of your friends,your friends. But the families of the people you hurt and killed. All because of the actions you took. I woke up earlier to make my coffee and on the way I checked on the 3 childrens. Watching them sleep,so young ,so innocent and fragile. When they wake it's another day of longing for their Mother. Wishing it was all a dream. It hurt me so bad to see these chidren tears when they realize that it did happen and Mom is really gone. That's something that can never be replaced. I hope you cherish your parents,you still have yours. I will learn one day to forgive you. Cause I know you will have your judgement day with the Lord and Judicial system. I will be there to see you pay for the Deaths of my Niece Sarah, her friend Lucas. For the pain you put Debra and Johnathon threw. And I pray I can help these children get over the hate they have for you and maybe one day learn to forgive you. Brandon, I really hope you read this and think of what your actions have done. Signed A Lost Aunt Without Her Little Sarah Rose.
christina rickerson

Evans, GA

#4 Jun 15, 2010
I am the mother of Lucas Taylor oldest child Peyton..u took his daddy and sunday is fathers day! HOW N THE HELL DO I FIX THIS?? I CANT!!!
U have changed our lives forever..we will forever be looking for justice that will never be good enough! there isnt one thing I wouldnt do to bring him back! I wish u all the pain and grief in the world!

“Kharmic Justice”

Since: Jan 10

baltimore

#5 Jun 26, 2010
I am personal friends with Debbie and my prayers are always with her. She is a very sweet person and this was an awful tragedy in her life. She goes through hell every day. I can only hope she finds peace in her life now.
Brittney

Punta Gorda, FL

#6 Jul 29, 2010
christina rickerson wrote:
I am the mother of Lucas Taylor oldest child Peyton..u took his daddy and sunday is fathers day! HOW N THE HELL DO I FIX THIS?? I CANT!!!
U have changed our lives forever..we will forever be looking for justice that will never be good enough! there isnt one thing I wouldnt do to bring him back! I wish u all the pain and grief in the world!
Stay strong for Peyton...
Sister

North Port, FL

#7 Aug 4, 2010
Aunt wrote:
Brandon, You have not only affected your family and those of your friends,your friends. But the families of the people you hurt and killed. All because of the actions you took. I woke up earlier to make my coffee and on the way I checked on the 3 childrens. Watching them sleep,so young ,so innocent and fragile. When they wake it's another day of longing for their Mother. Wishing it was all a dream. It hurt me so bad to see these chidren tears when they realize that it did happen and Mom is really gone. That's something that can never be replaced. I hope you cherish your parents,you still have yours. I will learn one day to forgive you. Cause I know you will have your judgement day with the Lord and Judicial system. I will be there to see you pay for the Deaths of my Niece Sarah, her friend Lucas. For the pain you put Debra and Johnathon threw. And I pray I can help these children get over the hate they have for you and maybe one day learn to forgive you. Brandon, I really hope you read this and think of what your actions have done. Signed A Lost Aunt Without Her Little Sarah Rose.
We have never met but I am Lucas's sister. I am sorry for your loss but please know that even though I didn't know Sarah I will do whatever it takes to make sure that Brandon Beard pays for what he has done. My nephew is lost without his father and both my neice and my nephew miss him more than words can express, but they both have their mothers. I can't imagine the pain Sarah's kids are going through no kid should have to lose a parent, let alone both parents. Please know that if your family needs anything, my family is here. Unfortunatly we will be forever bound by the horrable event that happened on Aug 19, 2009.
Sincerely,
A Broken Hearted Little Sister
someone in sarasota

Sarasota, FL

#8 Aug 6, 2010
What's done is done. Hopefully learn from your mistakes, and move forward. Replace fear with faith. Afterall, it was an accident. No one is perfect... and no one is getting out of this life alive. Never too late to make amends. Perhaps this young man will make a difference in the lives of other peers by realizing his poor judgment call of getting behind the wheel after partying. Maybe its time to make that substance illegal. Close down the liquor stores... forever.
someone in sarasota

Sarasota, FL

#9 Aug 6, 2010
My sincere condolences to the family and friends who lost their loves. May God help you to be strong and forgiving.
Sister

North Port, FL

#10 Aug 6, 2010
someone in sarasota wrote:
What's done is done. Hopefully learn from your mistakes, and move forward. Replace fear with faith. Afterall, it was an accident. No one is perfect... and no one is getting out of this life alive. Never too late to make amends. Perhaps this young man will make a difference in the lives of other peers by realizing his poor judgment call of getting behind the wheel after partying. Maybe its time to make that substance illegal. Close down the liquor stores... forever.
It makes me very angry when people say it was just an accident. Brandon Beard and his friends decided to buy beer ilegally and then made the decision to consume that beer and then decided to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. He then ran a stop sign and slammed in to the car my brother was in, may I add doing nothing wrong, doing well over double the speed limit. What exactly about any of this is a accident??? He was out posting pictures of him and his friends drinking and driving 2 months after he took 2 lives and ruined countless others. He has no remorse, I have no pitty for him and anyone who has the balls to say this was an accident, I dare you to say it to my face...
Mother of Lucas

Port Charlotte, FL

#11 Aug 21, 2010
Aunt wrote:
Brandon, You have not only affected your family and those of your friends,your friends. But the families of the people you hurt and killed. All because of the actions you took. I woke up earlier to make my coffee and on the way I checked on the 3 childrens. Watching them sleep,so young ,so innocent and fragile. When they wake it's another day of longing for their Mother. Wishing it was all a dream. It hurt me so bad to see these chidren tears when they realize that it did happen and Mom is really gone. That's something that can never be replaced. I hope you cherish your parents,you still have yours. I will learn one day to forgive you. Cause I know you will have your judgement day with the Lord and Judicial system. I will be there to see you pay for the Deaths of my Niece Sarah, her friend Lucas. For the pain you put Debra and Johnathon threw. And I pray I can help these children get over the hate they have for you and maybe one day learn to forgive you. Brandon, I really hope you read this and think of what your actions have done. Signed A Lost Aunt Without Her Little Sarah Rose.
I am the mother of Lucas.I never knew Sarah,but I do know your pain.My heart goes out to you and your family.I have four grand children who lost their fathers this year,two live with me and two live with their mothers. So I do know how you feel.I hope some day we will met.
Mother of Lucas

Port Charlotte, FL

#12 Aug 26, 2010
someone in sarasota wrote:
What's done is done. Hopefully learn from your mistakes, and move forward. Replace fear with faith. Afterall, it was an accident. No one is perfect... and no one is getting out of this life alive. Never too late to make amends. Perhaps this young man will make a difference in the lives of other peers by realizing his poor judgment call of getting behind the wheel after partying. Maybe its time to make that substance illegal. Close down the liquor stores... forever.
What's done is done easy for you to say.You don't live with the after effects of this.Like your five year old grand baby telling you she wish she had died with her Daddy because she misses him so much.Or see the pain and anger in her brothers eyes.Or the pain when we had to tell them their daddy was gone and they couldn,t see him anymore.Yeah this young man will make a differece alright ,He been seen out partying and driving a few weeks after my son died yeah he'll make a big difference in this life maybe kill someone else.It's so easy for people to make remarks, but until you walk in our shoe keep them to youself.You see 52 days before my baby died my older son died.So you see we know pain and others words only hurt us more some times.So if you want to feel sorry for someome feel sorry for the five babies who lost their mother and father.yeah closing down the liqour stores would be great,but that will never happen.what would be better would be if people made better choices and didn't drink and drive.so say what you will.I did.
Brittney

Cape Coral, FL

#13 Dec 11, 2010
someone in sarasota wrote:
What's done is done. Hopefully learn from your mistakes, and move forward. Replace fear with faith. Afterall, it was an accident. No one is perfect... and no one is getting out of this life alive. Never too late to make amends. Perhaps this young man will make a difference in the lives of other peers by realizing his poor judgment call of getting behind the wheel after partying. Maybe its time to make that substance illegal. Close down the liquor stores... forever.
I'm sorry...but have you had to look at your mother on her death bed??? Have you had to tell her that her boyfriend died in a car accident because of some idiot teenages CHOOSING to drink and drive??? Do you know what it feels like to see your mother in pain EVERY SINGLE DAY and can't do a damn thing about it??? NO, you haven't... Yeah, he made a poor decision, and guess what?? He's going to get EVERYTHING he deserves. Brandon disrupted several lives by making one stupid and irrevocable decision. I am thankful everyday that my mother is still here with me....until you understand what we are all feeling, keep your uneducated remarks to yourself...you have no room to speak here...
Julia M Adams

Port Charlotte, FL

#14 Dec 22, 2010
I just want to say to Brandon.I hope you can have a very merry christmas.Because I know we as Lucas Corey Taylor's Family will not.While you are still out living your life our family suffers everyday.Because of choices you made we will never have Happy holidays or birthdays without sadness again.So please enjoy your life while you can.A heart Broken Family.Lucas Taylor's Mother
A friend

Fort Myers, FL

#15 Feb 13, 2011
Sister wrote:
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It makes me very angry when people say it was just an accident. Brandon Beard and his friends decided to buy beer ilegally and then made the decision to consume that beer and then decided to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. He then ran a stop sign and slammed in to the car my brother was in, may I add doing nothing wrong, doing well over double the speed limit. What exactly about any of this is a accident??? He was out posting pictures of him and his friends drinking and driving 2 months after he took 2 lives and ruined countless others. He has no remorse, I have no pitty for him and anyone who has the balls to say this was an accident, I dare you to say it to my face...
I am sorry you have so much hatred towards Brandon. He made a terrible mistake that he can never take back. He will have to live with that mistake for the rest of his life as well as the families of the lost loved ones.I call it a accident I understand he did drink and drive illegally but he did not get in that vehicle with his friends planning to kill someone. Yes his actions led him to that place but he did not plan it. God will judge everyone for their own mistakes and the pain they put people through. He will answer for himself. As for remorse, i'm sorry to say but you are very wrong. He does have remorse but he is a 19 yr old kid and he is facing a lifetime in prison for his mistakes he may not handle it the same way you and your family are but he is a person who is dealing with the pain of taking someone else's life. You do not know how you would handle yourself if you were put in that position, so we should try not to judge anyone. God will do that for you when it is his time.
Sister

Port Charlotte, FL

#16 Feb 18, 2011
A friend wrote:
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I am sorry you have so much hatred towards Brandon. He made a terrible mistake that he can never take back. He will have to live with that mistake for the rest of his life as well as the families of the lost loved ones.I call it a accident I understand he did drink and drive illegally but he did not get in that vehicle with his friends planning to kill someone. Yes his actions led him to that place but he did not plan it. God will judge everyone for their own mistakes and the pain they put people through. He will answer for himself. As for remorse, i'm sorry to say but you are very wrong. He does have remorse but he is a 19 yr old kid and he is facing a lifetime in prison for his mistakes he may not handle it the same way you and your family are but he is a person who is dealing with the pain of taking someone else's life. You do not know how you would handle yourself if you were put in that position, so we should try not to judge anyone. God will do that for you when it is his time.
You are very wrong, I know exactly how I would handle myself. I would show enough respect for the families to not post pictures of me and my friends out drinking only 2 months after I killed their loved ones. I would have enough respect and remorse to admit that I was driving the vehicle and to not blame someone else. I would have so much pain in my heart that I would accept whatever punishment that was given. This was no accident, that boy was out drinking all DAY!!!! He ran that stop sign playing a stupid GAME!!! And I want him to deny that. He should feel pain for what he has done, HE MURDERED 2 people and made the life of 2 others miserable. He has no idea what pain is, NO IDEA!!!!! I could care less about his pain anyway, I only care that my mother and father don't have a son and that his son and daughter now have to grow up without a father, his neieces and nephews miss him dearly and his sister(me) and his brother miss him more than words can express. Trust me I know all about god and I know that he sees everything and Brandon will be judged in both this life and the afterlife. I don't hate because it's not what god wants, but I have extreme anger and I can not wait to have our day in court. I want him to pay for what he has done. It has been almost 2 years and my family still doesn't have closure, but we are patient people and we know that good thing come to those who wait and god will take care of us.
Sister

North Port, FL

#17 Feb 23, 2011
MURDER: What's the difference between shooting someone random with a gun or ramming them down with a car? Nothing! You're aiming a deadly weapon at them and firing (the bullet or gas!)--PRISON SHOULD NOT BE AN OPTION!
The Truth

United States

#18 Feb 24, 2011
What a horrible situation. This is exactly the reason I am terrified to let my wife and son even be on the road. Those people did nothing wrong, minding there own business. Then some one with total disregard for the law and human life comes along like a thief in the night and takes there lives. My prayers are with the families that have been affected. May God, Jesus Christ, give them comfort.
Mother of Lucas

Port Charlotte, FL

#19 Mar 1, 2011
Today my son should have turn 33.But because of carlessness he is not here to see this day,This is always a very sad day for us.I love and miss you Lucas.May be one day justice will be served.
Chuck Jones

Titusville, FL

#20 Mar 1, 2011
I was and always will be a longtime friend of Sara Blanton. I knew her before she got married for the 1st time, I saw all of her kids born. I was a friends with her for half her life. I still feel the void that was made by Brandon's choice to drink and drive. Until the law and punishment is so severe to those who are found guilty that nobody wants to take the chance in drinking and driving, this will continue to happen and more families will suffer the results of those poor decisions. I miss Sara everyday. I have a picture taken weeks before the accident of us together, to remind me of her and our friendship. She left behind 3 children and a future husband. I was suppose to give her away at their wedding. Now she wont be there to see her kids grow up, see them graduate, get married and have kids of their own. Brandon meanwhile gets to party once again, impervious to the fact that he has effected so many lives outside of his own family. I say make an example of him and lock him up, along with making him do community service by making him work to help families cope with losing family members due to drunk drivers. let him see their suffering first hand. Make him talk about what he has done and why he choose to do it. Until he can honestly accept responsibility for his actions, he should forfeit his freedom. His victims on the other hand can't do anything about it. I would hope I say for all that knew Sara "We miss you, Sara....So very much! You will forever be in our hearts and thoughts!"

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