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Driver Dies After Stopping to Rescue Escaped Calf

There are 125 comments on the WJW Fox 8 Cleveland story from Sep 9, 2010, titled Driver Dies After Stopping to Rescue Escaped Calf. In it, WJW Fox 8 Cleveland reports that:

A Medina County man dies in a tragic car accident after he stopped to rescue an escaped calf, Fox 8 News reports.

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Since: May 10

Cleveland, OH

#1 Sep 9, 2010
C'mon people, use some common sense. Stop on a dark road with no lights on the tractor and no reflective clothing. This is a sad story and one that could have easily been prevented.
caprilady71

Brecksville, OH

#2 Sep 9, 2010
How sad indeed! My prayers go out to all involved and families of the man who's life was lost.
Thelma

Avon, OH

#3 Sep 9, 2010
how tragic for both of them....God Bless them and their families!
Cleveland-West_S ide

Mansfield, OH

#4 Sep 9, 2010
Medina has streets without lights, is this one of them?
Parking a tractor on the road in the middle of the night, did this farmer just move out from the city?
jbd612

AOL

#5 Sep 9, 2010
What a totally senseless tragedy!

Since: May 10

Cleveland, OH

#6 Sep 9, 2010
Cleveland-West_Side wrote:
Medina has streets without lights, is this one of them?
Parking a tractor on the road in the middle of the night, did this farmer just move out from the city?
Story says street was dark.
CountryGril

Medina, OH

#7 Sep 9, 2010
Um.. Cleveland Westside .. Medina, unless you're in the city, has MANY unlighted streets.. Also I drive that road every night and in that area if you aren't watching for parked tractors or running deer, you are the one lacking common sense. It is the country and she apparently wasn't used to the way things are out here. Who ever made the comment about him just moving from the city, I think you have it backwards, She must have just come from the city because out here we grew up where this situation would be considered normal. It is a tragic accident and unfortunate how it happened. My prayers are with the families of both victims. But in the future please do not try to blame the farmer and for God sake if you have never been to the country don't assume you know about it. Come for a visit sometime, some fresh country air might do you some good :)
mamamimi

Canton, OH

#8 Sep 9, 2010
CountryGril - you mean stupid is normal? Because that's the only way to describe someone who parks a tractor w/no lights on a dark road that cars also drive on!
Cleveland-West_S ide

Mansfield, OH

#9 Sep 9, 2010
So what you're saying is if the speed limit is 45 mph, you should drive 25 in case a local parks a vehicle without lights on the road in the middle of the night?
OK, makes sense to me.
Mel

United States

#10 Sep 9, 2010
mamamimi wrote:
CountryGril - you mean stupid is normal? Because that's the only way to describe someone who parks a tractor w/no lights on a dark road that cars also drive on!
I am in agreement. I don't care if you are from the country or the city, why would you have anything stopped in the road on a dark street with no lights!! I think nobody should judge the driver unless you were there. And again city or country how difficult it must have been for the driver to come up on something she never could have foreseen. My prayers are for both families-placing blame in this tragic situation doesn't help
My 2cents

Brunswick, OH

#11 Sep 9, 2010
Spencer is my hometown. It's about 10 miles west of Medina. Small country town with one traffic light. Bursley road is on the outskirts. Traffic on that road is scarce during the daytime, let alone at 11:00 at night! Many of the farmers in this area don't drive fancy tractors with all the bells and whistles and lights! They are simple folks and not to be looked down upon because a farmer was trying to catch an escaped calf after dark. I agree with Country Girl, people SHOULD drive slower on these roads at night for the sake of Amish, farmers and animals! I know many young kids who cannot seem to get that in their heads and drive well over 45mph!(which I will make the assumption was the case here!) This is very sad and my prayers go out to the Whetmore family!!!
Elizabeth

United States

#12 Sep 9, 2010
What a sad story. My prayers are with all three families. May you all find mercy peace comfort and strength in those around you, and your faiths.
CountryGril

Medina, OH

#13 Sep 9, 2010
mamamimi wrote:
CountryGril - you mean stupid is normal? Because that's the only way to describe someone who parks a tractor w/no lights on a dark road that cars also drive on!
I didn't say that. Have you ever been out this way??? If you had you would know that in that area, people drive tractors and what the heck does it not having lights on really matter? She should have had lights on her car right? Wouldn't that mean that she should have seen a massive piece of metal in the road? Something in the road should have triggered the response to push the long horizontal device known as a brake petal??? So yeah stupidity was a factor, she should have slowed down. Also if a deer had run in front of her it would have been that she was going too fast or not paying attention.. She's lucky one didn't cuz last I checked it wasn't mandatory for deer to have headlights on? It may seem absurd to you, but some people actually work for a living. Farming is a 24/7 365 job. He was doing his job and protecting his way of life. Don't blame him for that. Also he is dead so have some symapthy and think about his poor family. She should have been paying attention and driving slower and he could have had his blinkers on. There both sides could have done things differently to prevent this horrible accident. But dont just blame Mr. Wetmore. OH and by the way! We don't particualarly take to kindly to being called stupid. You enjoy eating right? Well that food gets to your mouth somehow. Thank a farmer
cat

Cleveland, OH

#14 Sep 9, 2010
but did the calf survive?

Since: Mar 10

Cleveland, OH

#15 Sep 9, 2010
That poor calf is going to have to live with this for the rest of his life. Knowing the hicks out in Medina, I'm surprised the police didn't try to question the calf and use it as a witness.

Since: Mar 10

Cleveland, OH

#16 Sep 9, 2010
CountryGril wrote:
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I didn't say that. Have you ever been out this way??? If you had you would know that in that area, people drive tractors and what the heck does it not having lights on really matter? She should have had lights on her car right? Wouldn't that mean that she should have seen a massive piece of metal in the road? Something in the road should have triggered the response to push the long horizontal device known as a brake petal??? So yeah stupidity was a factor, she should have slowed down. Also if a deer had run in front of her it would have been that she was going too fast or not paying attention.. She's lucky one didn't cuz last I checked it wasn't mandatory for deer to have headlights on? It may seem absurd to you, but some people actually work for a living. Farming is a 24/7 365 job. He was doing his job and protecting his way of life. Don't blame him for that. Also he is dead so have some symapthy and think about his poor family. She should have been paying attention and driving slower and he could have had his blinkers on. There both sides could have done things differently to prevent this horrible accident. But dont just blame Mr. Wetmore. OH and by the way! We don't particualarly take to kindly to being called stupid. You enjoy eating right? Well that food gets to your mouth somehow. Thank a farmer
I bet you're fat and spend a lot of time at the Golden Corral.
Sue In Barberton

Akron, OH

#17 Sep 9, 2010
Mel wrote:
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I am in agreement. I don't care if you are from the country or the city, why would you have anything stopped in the road on a dark street with no lights!! I think nobody should judge the driver unless you were there. And again city or country how difficult it must have been for the driver to come up on something she never could have foreseen. My prayers are for both families-placing blame in this tragic situation doesn't help
This could have been so easily avoided. Just be glad that all involved were not killed.
CountryGril

Medina, OH

#18 Sep 9, 2010
Pokey Hokey wrote:
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I bet you're fat and spend a lot of time at the Golden Corral.
For the record, I do not eat out because I dont find it appealing. I am not heavy in the least of the term. I bet I weigh less than you honey. Also I work and live on a farm so when I do have the chance to sit down and eat, it is a rare occasion. And you say hicks in such a derrogatory way. We have fun and have friends and family the same as everyone else. Just because we make a living by feeding your fat ungrateful ass. Time for you to grow up.
Joy

Painesville, OH

#19 Sep 9, 2010
Cleveland-West_Side wrote:
Medina has streets without lights, is this one of them?
Parking a tractor on the road in the middle of the night, did this farmer just move out from the city?
Country roads don't normally have street lights, just at intersections. It was a tragic accident.
Cody

Wellington, OH

#20 Sep 9, 2010
ok for one there was no calf it was a dog that is my brothers girl friend...it was on a back country road near wellington and spencer

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