Amish mourn the loss of a teen

The Amish of Montcalm County are mourning over the weekend death of a 17-year-old after he was thrown out of the bed of a pickup truck . Full Story
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Sunshine

Belleville, MI

#1 Aug 4, 2008
I never knew the aspect of experimentation in the Amish community. This may explain the drinking and driving. maybe the driver di not know his limits, andmaybe the passengers did not realize how intoxicated the driver was.
How sad. These families are in my thoughts and prayers.
heather

Greenville, MI

#2 Aug 4, 2008
our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends
snomad

Hudsonville, MI

#3 Aug 4, 2008
And someday there will be no Amish left for us to appreciate... the simplicity of a culture not too unlike our forefathers.
A concerned person

Granbury, TX

#4 Aug 4, 2008
Didnt they make it illegal to ride in the bed of a pickup?

“Be Respectful”

Since: Jul 08

Grand Rapids

#5 Aug 4, 2008
I knew that there was a period of time when they could step outside of their culture to experience the other way of living. I'm sure that with the drinking, he had no idea of his limitations.

This is sad, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and community.

Since: May 08

Coleman, MI

#6 Aug 4, 2008
It's probably about as legal as drinking and driving. I wouldn't even let my dog ride in the back of an open pickup.
nunya

Petoskey, MI

#7 Aug 4, 2008
A concerned person wrote:
Didnt they make it illegal to ride in the bed of a pickup?
sheesh what difference does that make? It's illegal to drive drunk, that didn't stop anyone.
Madtaxpayer

Detroit, MI

#8 Aug 4, 2008
This is so SAD !

Since: Jul 08

Cascade

#9 Aug 4, 2008
A concerned person wrote:
Didnt they make it illegal to ride in the bed of a pickup?
Yes, it is currently illegal to ride in the back of a truck.

What a sad thing for this family to lose a child like that.
BOB

United States

#10 Aug 4, 2008
"All five passengers in the truck are Amish, including the 21-year-old driver - David Yoder of Lakeview - who police was arrested and say was drunk."

what no proof reading again???!!! Why did the police get arrested
loves the country

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Aug 4, 2008
miss-moll wrote:
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Yes, it is currently illegal to ride in the back of a truck.
What a sad thing for this family to lose a child like that.
You can IF they have seatbelts but a lot of people dont even have built-in seats. Very sad.
Vango

Holland, MI

#12 Aug 4, 2008
BOB wrote:
"All five passengers in the truck are Amish, including the 21-year-old driver - David Yoder of Lakeview - who police was arrested and say was drunk."
what no proof reading again???!!! Why did the police get arrested
Did not know this was the criticís corner. If this bothers you so much why do you keep coming back? I understood what it meant. I am more concerned about the article.
What really surprises me is if the men were not Amish everyone would be disgusted like I am. They knew better, there is no excuse for drinking and driving I donít care who you are!
grandmas rant

United States

#13 Aug 4, 2008
How sad. We need more of the Amish culture around,seems all we hear these days is young girls killing their babies.
SEALMASTER_20

Greenville, MI

#14 Aug 4, 2008
I think it is sad for what had happened But he made the choice to drink and drive he should be charged just like anybody else not just drunk driving and leaving the scene how hard is that to figure out
Friend of the Amish

Harvard, IL

#15 Aug 4, 2008
I have been friends with many Amish people, they show so much respect that no matter what they do they will never forgive themselves for making such a mistake in their life. The people work very hard to make their children to be model citizens but like all children they are no more perfect than our children. Yes everyone at one point in their life make some kind of a mistake and with this mistake it cost him his brothers life. One can only imagine how bad he feels and how he will feel for the rest of his life.

Since: Jul 08

Holland, MI

#16 Aug 4, 2008
I am curious if there will be any charges, from what I understand the Amish won't participate in the charges, and since all that were involved were Amish, I am kinda curious. However, my heart goes out to the families and people involved in this horrific accident.
Who Knew

Encino, CA

#17 Aug 4, 2008
Maybe I was mislead......I left a store recently and got behind a truck with a passenger in the back and a whole crowd up front. They had a keg between them that they were holding onto.

I followed them onto M-6 in Kent County and decided to call the police because now they were driving very fast with this fellow in the back.

The dispatcher told me that if the person looked over 18 then it was legal and there wasn't anything they could do. I said he looked atleast that to me. He certainly wasn't a kid.
Elsie

Granbury, TX

#18 Aug 4, 2008
This is a terrible thing but it is not just something that happened because of experiment, this is something that goes on regulary and they drink, smoke, have their own cell phone and everyone thinks that they are the elite people.Our grandparents and parents worked hard and did as these people only they advanced and amish didn't. Not just the boy but the girls drink and have their cell phones as well.
mee

Grand Rapids, MI

#19 Aug 4, 2008
"The accident is shocking to many who understand the Amish to be very conservative people, who don't drive motor vehicles or drink alcohol." I have a news flash for woodtv.
the amish always drink! If your a sales cleark at zerkas marathon or 5corners you would know that they are always in there buying beer then getting in their buggies and drinking it! but they dont get pulled over! I am an eye witness to serval occasions of amish buying beer and drinking while driving their horses!
mee

Grand Rapids, MI

#20 Aug 4, 2008
"I'm sure that with the drinking, he had no idea of his limitations. "

they drink all the time knowing your limations is not an excuse and news flash people they smoke cigs also and they have cell phones!! And ride with us english all the time they know the laws of the road. i live around their community im an eyewitness to all of their naughtyness.

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