Kissimmee woman dies in early-morning crash

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

Lee Wheeler, 60, was driving a Ford truck northbound on Poinciana Boulevard when, for an unknown reason, she lost control of the vehicle about 5:05 a.m. After Wheeler drove off the roadway onto th east grass ...
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Poinciana Blvd Driver

Orlando, FL

#3 Feb 18, 2008
U two are correct folks need to wear their seat belts, however Poinciana Blvd is a horrible road and i would love to see the stats on how many lives were taken on this road. I pray the new wider Poinciana Blvd will be more safer to drive.
Watching In Kissimmee

Altamonte Springs, FL

#4 Feb 18, 2008
It is always great to watch morons make comments based on half-the-facts provided by the media. You may think you are intelligent because you can read a website, but 'CommonSense' takes a little bit more brain power. The fact is there is more to this story than your 'CSI' brain can detect so you comments are off base.

Maybe, if nothing else, you should remember that family and friends may be reading this story to try to wrap their heads around the tragedy that has found them this day. Just because you can get on the Internet and type a little bit does not mean the rest of the world cares about your limited and uniformed point of view. If nothing else, while you are trolling discussion boards, please make an attempt to convey that you have any couth and/or class left.
murdercycle

United States

#6 Feb 18, 2008
Maybe family and friends should teach their family to wear seatbelts ???
Rene

Tampa, FL

#7 Feb 18, 2008
Poinciana is a bad road so drivers need to exercise more caution. The problem with drivers today is that they place no value on life. Driving is a skill so few possess and so many abuse.
CommonSense

Winter Park, FL

#8 Feb 18, 2008
Watching In Kissimmee wrote:
It is always great to watch morons make comments based on half-the-facts provided by the media. You may think you are intelligent because you can read a website, but 'CommonSense' takes a little bit more brain power. The fact is there is more to this story than your 'CSI' brain can detect so you comments are off base.
Maybe, if nothing else, you should remember that family and friends may be reading this story to try to wrap their heads around the tragedy that has found them this day. Just because you can get on the Internet and type a little bit does not mean the rest of the world cares about your limited and uniformed point of view. If nothing else, while you are trolling discussion boards, please make an attempt to convey that you have any couth and/or class left.
Please, enlighten us. What facts did we miss? I sure read it, plain-as-day, that she was NOT wearing a seat belt. That is (1) against the law; (2) not putting herself in the best odds for survival; and (3) showing a blatant disregard for her own life. How is it that noting these things is not "using my brain" for "common sense". What other facts could there be? Could she have survived with the seatbelt? I guess we'll never know...
No Finger Pointer Here

Cincinnati, OH

#9 Feb 18, 2008
Yes we should all wear seatbelts. How do you know that she wasn't wearing it before something, happened?(which no one may never know what that something is, except the man upstairs) maybe the seat belt malfunction or something. Please be careful when you spout out judgement. You don't know what happened in the last few moments before this accident. Stuff happens that are beyond our control. I try not to judge people, because one day I may find myself walking down that same road, if not something worse.
Concerned Family

Cincinnati, OH

#11 Feb 19, 2008
Before people post rude remarks I agree maybe they should find out the facts first, and not judge or assume. There is alot more to this story and if it was your family member you would be hurt to have such comments made. Think before you post. What if it was your family.Wouldnt you want the investigation completed before people started to assume the worst?
Kristin

Bradenton, FL

#12 Feb 19, 2008
Yes but didn't the paper fail to mention the other details of the accident. Oh wow Imagine the media left important details out.

Learn to gather your facts before you post such rude and demeaning comments. Just because the police report showed a lack of seat belt means diddly. Lee Wheeler was a kind woman who always taught her children and grand children safety. Lee never ever started her car before her seat belt was fastened.

Just remember and keep in mind.. this could happen to your family...
Family Member

Kissimmee, FL

#13 Feb 19, 2008
Yes the one thing that angers me the most is when people make these rude remarks and thinking that they sound all smart because they're the ignorant ones. You cannot always go with the media. They always put a twist to your words so you cant be so gullible and believe everything in writing.This person happened to be my grandmother who loved my family very much and I looked at her as my hero and now I find out all these people are making such rude remarks and it really upsets and disappoints me. Get your facts straight first before opening your mouth! That way you sound a little smarter.My grandmother wasn't being reckless and just had an accident.The media,as always, left facts out to make you believe otherwise and as of now the accident wasn't the cause of her death. It was the result of her death. I might just be 15 years old but even I try to collect facts before just believing what I'm told. No I'm not asking for sympathy at all. I'm just asking for people to not be so ignorant!

Since: Jan 08

United States

#14 Feb 19, 2008
Family Member wrote:
Yes the one thing that angers me the most is when people make these rude remarks and thinking that they sound all smart because they're the ignorant ones. You cannot always go with the media. They always put a twist to your words so you cant be so gullible and believe everything in writing.This person happened to be my grandmother who loved my family very much and I looked at her as my hero and now I find out all these people are making such rude remarks and it really upsets and disappoints me. Get your facts straight first before opening your mouth! That way you sound a little smarter.My grandmother wasn't being reckless and just had an accident.The media,as always, left facts out to make you believe otherwise and as of now the accident wasn't the cause of her death. It was the result of her death. I might just be 15 years old but even I try to collect facts before just believing what I'm told. No I'm not asking for sympathy at all. I'm just asking for people to not be so ignorant!
Well, ding ding, schools in, sit down, 15 year old, and learn a lesson.

Ths isn't the sympathy board- it's an open forum, where people are free (remember those people at war with Iraq right now?)to speak their minds, and voice opinions, thanks to our constitution that is currently being fought for.

Is your grandmother's death, the first time you became aware that cars are equipped with seatbelts, and that the law says they must be used, in order to protect the life of the car occupants?

I think that at 15, you know better.

Also, if you are all so devastated by the loss of your grandmother, what are you people doing triple clicking to get to an internet board, that you would never otherwise see, if you didn't turn the computer ON, and triple click to get to these forums?
Family Member

Kissimmee, FL

#15 Feb 19, 2008
I didn't even say that I was trying to get sympathy out of anyone. I don't want sympathy. Why would I ask for sympathy from people I don't know.Kind of silly. And hey, everyone has the right to say whatever they'd like about this entire thing. I'm not stopping anyone at all.Just don't go judging people before if you don't know them. Regardless of her not wearing a seatbelt her death wasn't preventable. You have your own opinions on this and I do not want to disrespect you in any way and I could care less as to what you say to this. Why she didn't wear a seatbelt, God only knows.and leave that to Him.She always stressed that out to us so that I honestly don't understand.What's done is done and it can't be changed.
GetReal

Kissimmee, FL

#16 Feb 19, 2008
DiamondsnPearls wrote:
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Well, ding ding, schools in, sit down, 15 year old, and learn a lesson.
Ths isn't the sympathy board- it's an open forum, where people are free (remember those people at war with Iraq right now?)to speak their minds, and voice opinions, thanks to our constitution that is currently being fought for.
Is your grandmother's death, the first time you became aware that cars are equipped with seatbelts, and that the law says they must be used, in order to protect the life of the car occupants?
I think that at 15, you know better.
Also, if you are all so devastated by the loss of your grandmother, what are you people doing triple clicking to get to an internet board, that you would never otherwise see, if you didn't turn the computer ON, and triple click to get to these forums?
Did u ever think that maybe the family was reading the article to see what the media had to say and when they did they noticed several comments were posted. I would want to see it if it was my family member as you never know who might be paying their respects from other areas that read these articles. I give that 15yr old a lot of credit for not blasting you about your ignorant comment... I guess you have never lost a loved one!!! It is a horrible feeling especially when you know that something simple might have saved them but when it is their time to go nothing can stop it from happening. It isnt the family's fault that it happened and are probably upset even more to know that something she stressed the importance of contributed to her death makes it worse. I pray for this family to get through this difficult time and that they continue to overlook the idiotic comments of others.
isabelle

Winter Garden, FL

#17 Feb 19, 2008
seeing it from a stand point of someone who saw the accident right before her eyes, I understand the argument behind the seat belt issue...yes, she should have been wearing it, but watching something like that unfold right before your eyes, playing it over and over in your head thinking someone died in that car right there and then sitting in traffic to let it marinate in your head....Sometimes it doesnt matter whos fault it is...sometimes its just a tragedy....should we not stop worrying about whos fault it was and mourn the loss of a mother, a sister, a daughter or a wife. God forbid that be your mother, sister, daughter or wife no matter whos fault it is, poinciana blvd is a death trap but a death trap i personally must travel to work and back.
Marina M Poinciana

Winter Park, FL

#18 Feb 20, 2008
A life taken too soon...a contribution to so many
Lee Wheeler brought joy, to children, families, not only in Poinciana, but to the many vacationers, that her business served. Accidents happen, especially on one of the most dangerous roads in America, animals darting out, speeders,
poorly lit, reckless truckers, all are conditions
that can contribute to an unexplained tragedy. Must we be so harsh in our comments, do we not have souls, to stop a minute, and think how, what we write can add more pain. Does cruelty make you feel important. If so please seek some mental help. The seat belt issue is not the main point here, the accident of a special lady is, please consider the feelings of all who were apart
of Lee's life, think before you write, and say a prayer to all those you have love and lost. Let Lee's passing be a reminder to be kinder, and appreciate those you love.
Family Friend

Maitland, FL

#19 Feb 20, 2008
This may fall on deaf ears tonight but I beg you all to please understand we are all very hearbroken over the loss of Lee and really do not need such cruel and unloving words. The lord tells us to be kind and you are not being kind. Yes you have an opinion and your entitled but WHO THE HELL are you to rant at a 15 year old grandson of one of the most LOVING HUMAN BEINGS YOU COULD EVER MEET. WORDS CAN NOT EXPRESS THE DISAPPOINTMENT I FEEL FOR PEOPLE WHO ONLY WANT TO JUDGE -WAIT TILL YOUR DAY COMES AND THEN TELL OUR LORD HOW YOU JUDGED A WOMAN YOU NEVR KNEW.
Before You pass judgement

Orlando, FL

#20 Feb 20, 2008
Reading these comments about one of the most caring, devoted and kind woman, mother, grandmother, wife, friend,etc... I have met and a friend that will be missed made me sit and write the first posting in my 42 years. Shame on you all that reads a newspaper post and assumes facts. I have known her for 15 years and in the time I have been places with Lee, I have NEVER seen her without a seatbelt. She would be the first person to "mother" a person that didn't wear that seatbelt. She wasn't feeling well that morning and was actually on the way to the hospital to get checked out. Did you know that she had a heart attack, which made her go off the road into the trees????? Maybe she took the seat belt off because she couldn't breathe or was becoming disoriented. Who really knows because we weren't there but she will be so very missed. Lee and her family donated so much to the Children' Home and so many charities without ever asking for anything in return. I think it would have devastated her to know that this was what was the last memory of her.
Goodbye Lee you don't know how much you will be missed.

P.S. She raised wonderful children and her grandchildren all are a mothers dream, so when you condemn a child for expressing their opinion especially when his grandmother, just passed away and is getting unjustly criticized, it's not the child that should be scolded but the ADULT.

Since: Jan 08

United States

#21 Feb 21, 2008
GetReal wrote:
<quoted text>
Did u ever think that maybe the family was reading the article to see what the media had to say and when they did they noticed several comments were posted. I would want to see it if it was my family member as you never know who might be paying their respects from other areas that read these articles. I give that 15yr old a lot of credit for not blasting you about your ignorant comment... I guess you have never lost a loved one!!! It is a horrible feeling especially when you know that something simple might have saved them but when it is their time to go nothing can stop it from happening. It isnt the family's fault that it happened and are probably upset even more to know that something she stressed the importance of contributed to her death makes it worse. I pray for this family to get through this difficult time and that they continue to overlook the idiotic comments of others.
Get Real, you NEED to get real.

The Orlando Setinel Forums are a public board, for ALL to comment on.

This is not the Obituaries Section, none of us know the deceased- however, there are many sons and daughters who have BECOME DECEASED overseas, protecting OUR rights to speak freely.

So while I offer my condolences in your loss, please try to remember, that MANY have lost their own lives, who ALSO DON'T know YOU, and WE ARE at war, protecting the civil liberties of our society-

And that includes being able to post on an internet board, what we think, and how we feel.

And I feel that Grandma should have worn her seatbelt.

Diamonds
Avenger

Winter Garden, FL

#22 Feb 21, 2008
Lets see here.....Maybe, just maybe if it was YOUR family member you would shut the F@#$ up. How are you going to comment on the death of a person that was rushing to the hospital because she was having a heart attack. Do you have a heart at all or are you just another big mouthed American?
ROCKWELL wrote:
all kinda boils down to one little item, she was NOT wearing a seat belt. kinda stupid....
Avenger

Winter Garden, FL

#23 Feb 21, 2008
I think that you need to be able to see the bigger picture here and you might want to think about the family before you start yapping your big mouth. You don't all the facts, in fact that person was in a lot of pain on the way to the hospital and could not wear the seat belt. But you wouldn't understand that would you? God save your brain......
Paul Bunyan wrote:
No belt.
No brains.
No more.
Avenger

Winter Garden, FL

#24 Feb 21, 2008
Can you not see that there was a REASON why she was not wearing her seat belt? No you can't because your little bird brain doesn't understand this woman was on the way to the hospital in a lot of pain. Can you just stop and think about the family? No you can't because you are a heartless piece of shit!
CommonSense wrote:
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Please, enlighten us. What facts did we miss? I sure read it, plain-as-day, that she was NOT wearing a seat belt. That is (1) against the law; (2) not putting herself in the best odds for survival; and (3) showing a blatant disregard for her own life. How is it that noting these things is not "using my brain" for "common sense". What other facts could there be? Could she have survived with the seatbelt? I guess we'll never know...

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