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Defense attorney blames dead teen in fatal Winona County crash

There are 17 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Dec 8, 2010, titled Defense attorney blames dead teen in fatal Winona County crash. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The attorney for a Minnesota teen accused in a traffic crash that killed three classmates and critically injured another says one of the victims caused the accident, not the defendant.

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THE TRUTH HURTS

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Dec 8, 2010
What a bastard attorney..........

BOTH kids were drag racing. The accident was the fault of BOTH. One's punishment was death; the other can stand trial to get his punishment.

Since: Aug 08

Maplewood, MN

#2 Dec 8, 2010
Oh yea let's keep teaching these kids not to take the blame for their stupid actions. This will help when they go out and kill someone else.
The real - NICE

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Dec 8, 2010
Right blame the dead person....bull they both took part in the stupidity, and they both need to suffer consequences. One already did with her life....

Since: Apr 10

Anytown, USA

#4 Dec 8, 2010
This story is incomplete. They forgot to include the part that shows how Ruhoff managed to FORCE the defendant to drive side-by-side with her at 80 mph.
Chad

United States

#5 Dec 8, 2010
It says in the report that it was the dead girls fault. The attorney didn't make this up. Yes, they were both stupid but that doesn't mean he needs to go to prison. It would be a waste of our financial resources to lock someone up for drag racing someone else who ended up killing themselves.
DeMarco

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Dec 8, 2010
I feel terrible for this young man because this was clearly not his intention. However, he should need to deal with consequences for the poor decisions he made so that others understand why this is not a good idea.
Gene Pool

Wichita, KS

#7 Dec 8, 2010
They were both screwing around. She lost. let him go
My2cents

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Dec 8, 2010
They were drag racing...it's a dangerous thing to do...3 lost their lives...how much more pain has to be doled out? He'll regret this the rest of his life...he lost 3 friends, heavy price to pay for stupidity.
The real - NICE

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Dec 8, 2010
My2cents wrote:
They were drag racing...it's a dangerous thing to do...3 lost their lives...how much more pain has to be doled out? He'll regret this the rest of his life...he lost 3 friends, heavy price to pay for stupidity.
Oh so he should be let off for recklessly endandering the lives of his 3 friends? I think not. It would and should be called man slaughter.
dude from Anoka

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Dec 8, 2010
Ro Bud wrote:
Oh yea let's keep teaching these kids not to take the blame for their stupid actions. This will help when they go out and kill someone else.
Look at it this way: two kids go swimming in the river, and one drowns. Do you charge the other with causing his friend's death?

There's a lot of information not reported, and this includes earlier reports from the Prss on this case. If this kid was the instigator of some serious road rage which led to the racing, sure, throw the book at him. If this was a case of two friends doing too much joyriding, then blame (and responsibility) lies within both parties; saying he is the "cause" would not be right in this case.

Parents, take this opportunity to properly educate your children. Become a part of their lives.
DeMarco

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Dec 8, 2010
I understand that this will clearly affect him the rest of his life. And I agree that losing 3 good friends should be enough punishment, but to get out of the legal consequences of the results of drag racing by blaming a dead young woman does not seem right. He was equally responsible for this and should take responsibility for doing so. I know that if this happened to me I would plead guilty, throw myself at the mercy of the court, and apologize to all of the families for taking part in it. I feel for this young man, I honestly do, but blaming the young woman who already paid with her life is not the right way of dealing with this.
DeMarco

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Dec 8, 2010
If I were to driving at 80 mph joyriding and killed a passanger in my vehicle or in another vehicle you better believe they would charge me with manslaughter. Like I said above, I feel for the guy, believe me I do, but they cant just let him walk. Take his license for 5 years, probabtion for 2, or something similar with no jail time. This is a situation that needs to be made an example of otherwise kids will continue to think they aren't responsible for their choices.
Smokumifyagotum

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Dec 8, 2010
The real - NICE wrote:
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Oh so he should be let off for recklessly endandering the lives of his 3 friends? I think not. It would and should be called man slaughter.
Typical response, his 3 Friends chose to participate...sooo, they claim no responsibilty for their own actions? The stupidity falls on all involved.
The real - NICE

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Dec 8, 2010
Smokumifyagotum wrote:
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Typical response, his 3 Friends chose to participate...sooo, they claim no responsibilty for their own actions? The stupidity falls on all involved.
They were not driving, first of all, when you take command of the wheel of a vehicle you are taking responsibility for what ever happens in that car.
Gordon L

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Dec 8, 2010
The real - NICE wrote:
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Oh so he should be let off for recklessly endandering the lives of his 3 friends? I think not. It would and should be called man slaughter.
I had a high school friend who was driving drunk and hit another drunk killing 3 who were in his car, eventually. He's pretty much been a loser ever since, no matter how high he gets he doesn't forget. Jail time isn't the only punishment.
Annie

Hopkins, MN

#16 Dec 8, 2010
As it happens, they share the blame.

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Since: Feb 10

Duluth, MN

#17 Dec 8, 2010
The dead cannot defend themselves; nice strategy

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