Truck driver killed in crash is prais...

Truck driver killed in crash is praised for saving boy's life -...

There are 53 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from May 21, 2009, titled Truck driver killed in crash is praised for saving boy's life -.... In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

A 12-year-old boy who survived the rollover crash of a tractor-trailer truck Sunday said the driver, his calabash uncle, saved his life.

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Oahu Resident

Kailua Kona, HI

#25 May 21, 2009
This story is missing the point...the 12 year old boy wasn't supposed to be in the truck in the first place! It is against company policy! So the driver is not a hero in my book! But rather an idiot for putting a child in harms way!
Anorexic

Honolulu, HI

#26 May 21, 2009
Aiea wrote:
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Screw you. If this is the only way you can attract attention to yourself then you're on sad moron.
You must have a weight problem too! Go on a diet, get some exercise and you may live a little longer and save yourself from a lot of health problems.
Ambulance Chaser

Honolulu, HI

#27 May 21, 2009
Watch ... the family is going to sue the trucking company and put them out of business. Sorry but in my opinion stupid uncle.
pgkemp

Honolulu, HI

#29 May 21, 2009
a hero? who should have not had any passengers with him...period
lei

Waipahu, HI

#30 May 21, 2009
tears overwhelm, as I could feel the love.
Deadly Experience

Washington, DC

#31 May 21, 2009
Looks like Chunky Boy was helping his uncle load and unload. Didn't HPD say speed was a factor the other day? A sad accident that didn't have to happen. If Uncle was speeding, and he wasn't supposed to have the boy in the truck, the family will not have a leg to stand on if they decide to sue the trucking company. It sounds like Uncle was a good soul, but made some poor decisions, may he RIP.
chance um

Waikoloa, HI

#33 May 21, 2009
For those of you who only look at his size or weight and make those comments.. God bless youor kids dont have that same nasty attitude like you, I hope your child dont die or end up fighting for their life tonite or any other day always remember "what goes around comes around". To the young man keep getting better, we dont know know what happen it is not for any of us to judge but your uncle was a good man if he gave up his life for yours regardless of the situation.. I will keep you in my prayers along with your uncle & both families.
ToughGuy

Honolulu, HI

#34 May 21, 2009
Wow.."uncle loves you" as he covers the boy to protect him from the crash. Now I'm crying at my office at 9:30 in the morning.

Wow.
Anela

Waialua, HI

#35 May 21, 2009
enufalready wrote:
Tragic story ... TV news cited the trucking company reps as saying it was against company policy/rules for drivers to allow anyone into the truck cab, so the saddest thing is that had uncle only followed the rules he might have lived and his nephew would not have been injured.
It would have happend anyway, whether the boy was riding in the truck or not. It was a truck malfunction..
Anela

Waialua, HI

#37 May 21, 2009
pgkemp wrote:
a hero? who should have not had any passengers with him...period
He is a Hero.. He gave his life..don't pretent to be god almighty and always followed the rules.. you just sound like a hipocrit!
Als Bar and Grill

AOL

#38 May 21, 2009
Looks like the chili saved this boys life!!!!!!!!
Anela

Waialua, HI

#39 May 21, 2009
Ambulance Chaser wrote:
Watch ... the family is going to sue the trucking company and put them out of business. Sorry but in my opinion stupid uncle.
You don't even know the family and neither do I, but FOX's WIFE SHOULD SUE the company!! for losing his life on a malfunction truck!! All trucking companies should do 6 month inspections on each vehilce.. How heartless can you be to call the uncle stupid? How would he have known the truck would malfunction and kill him.. yeah if he knew that would happen then yeah I would say stupid uncle, but no one knows when we check out of this world!
Anela

Waialua, HI

#40 May 21, 2009
Oahu Resident wrote:
This story is missing the point...the 12 year old boy wasn't supposed to be in the truck in the first place! It is against company policy! So the driver is not a hero in my book! But rather an idiot for putting a child in harms way!
Smarty pants.. yes it was against the policy but how would he have known this would happen? and you are missing the point as well.. someone DIED because the truck malfunctioned!! not because he took someone on a ride..read between the lines!!
With Sin

Honolulu, HI

#41 May 21, 2009
You don't know under what circumstances the accident occurred. The uncle may have gotten permission, but the company may not choose to publicize that fact. Even if not, who has never broken a rule, even something like this? Most of the time, there are no consequences.

When I heard "speeding", I initially assumed the worst. But if it was due to mechanical failure, the speed may have been due to that (and the geography of the roadway) and NOT because the driver was careless.

Regardless of what we all think or say, this boy will always have fond memories to cherish of time spent with an uncle he loved. Why would anyone want to tarnish that?

To the Inappropriate Posters: Whatever it was that brought you to the place you are today, I hope you can leave it behind you. No matter what you may think or feel, by posting cruel comments, you are truly hurting yourselves.
Anela

Waialua, HI

#43 May 21, 2009
Jetson wrote:
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Hmmmm lets see.....Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, lack of exercise.
For all those people who only look at this kid about his weight.. he is only 12 years old and to have adults talk smack about his weight is pretty sad..He may have thyroid problems etc.. we don't know who are we to judge how someone looks? Especially a child. If you have children of your own.. I hope they don't share the same values you do.(ignorance!) As GROWN adults we should wish this young man to a speedy recovery and wish him the best.
Anela

Waialua, HI

#44 May 21, 2009
BukToofGator wrote:
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That's this dude's opinion just like your lame one. He brought up a good point and you don't agree with it. Learn to live with it.
Yeah you must be a buck tooth gator...to leave your stupid post!
eggxactly

Honolulu, HI

#45 May 21, 2009
star bulletin subscriber wrote:
I suppose one could call the Uncle a "hero", although he's the one who put the child's life in jeopardy in the first place. Kids have no business going for joy rides in those types of trucks.
It's ok if you own the truck & or the company. Also you need to take responsibility for any consequences. My condolences to the family and a speedy recovery to the young man.
no_need

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#46 May 21, 2009
this incident is just too sad. uncle must have loved his nephew and took him under his wing. a lot of you probably disregard policies at one time or another ... just wanting to spend time with your keiki. and usually, kids will learn from those times spent with their adult guardians.

i agree that Fox's widow should sue the company for failure to maintain the vehicle. don't let them try to deflect the blame onto him. he didn't cause the accident simply because he had his nephew in the cab with him.

condolences to Russell Fox's family. and a speedy recovery to Noe Rodriguez.
Blue Fish

United States

#47 May 21, 2009
NOT a Hero, stupid stupid stupid an idiotic decision that cost his own life. First of all, he broke company's policy by having a passenger. Second, if the boy wasn't there the uncle would of still been alive even if the truck flipped, he would of have his own safety belt. If the family tries to sue the company they won't win. Seriously, this chunky kid needs to go on a diet.
ImNotSurprised

Honolulu, HI

#48 May 21, 2009
It doesn't fit.
Brakes and steering work on two separate systems, neither is likely to fail and certainly not at the same time... I'm not a professional mechanic but the only thing that I can think of locking the steering and cancelling the power assist to the brakes is by shutting off the vehicle and removing the key, I doubt that happened. Sounds like he was going to fast and didn't make the turn.
I'm glad the uncle tried to protect the boy but he should not have had him in the truck to begin with.

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