Jury acquits man in fatal crash

There are 12 comments on the Jan 14, 2009, The York Daily Record story titled Jury acquits man in fatal crash. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

A York County jury has found Phillip A. Putman not guilty on all charges in connection with a crash that killed 9-year-old Charles R. Heck in October 2006.

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joe

Camp Hill, PA

#21 Jan 15, 2009
ill keep it short. i feel for the families. this is not the story. the story is that prosecutors in this state[some]should be out!!! sued for malicious prosecution. they a have no right to invent law, this was not even close to a criminal event.if so every time a parent made an error and lost a child they would be locked up. they charge people all the time with no corpus dilecti, they no it and nobody does anything about it. nobody cares until their constitutional rights are taken. its been getting more and more prevalent since it has been ignored. the news just takes what they say as god because there is no truely investigative reporting. they dont have the education or take the time to print the truth. most of the time it is done to a less than desirable person so who cares, but power breads contempt so tomorrow it could be you , a friend, or a loved one. the courts are soposed to balance our rights, but they should do more than just find them not guilty, they should publicly denounce this abuse of power.
Barb

United States

#22 Jan 15, 2009
Hey Joe.
You know the truth.
I was the victim of 'trumped-up' charges and sleaze of the DA's office.
The Judges are sleaze too.

I had to fight after the fact in the Appeals Courts.
They may be the sleaziest of them all.
It wasn't until I hit the Feds, that there was any justice.

The corruption permeates the State of Pennsylvania.
Some of the most incompetent 'people' in our society gravitate to the 'justice' system.
York County is the 'poster child' of sleaze.

We need to keep fighting.
The Truth always prevails.
We just can't give in to the corruption.
Change

Mechanicsburg, PA

#23 Jan 15, 2009
The duo of Stan Rebert and Tim Barker need to go. This type of abuse of power is disgusting.
Jess

United States

#24 Jan 15, 2009
How do you know Hugh S Rebert is lying?

His lips are moving.
morton hears a who

Baltimore, MD

#25 Jan 16, 2009
Cant file malicious prosectution against barker if he got it past a preliminary hearing... doesnt mean he was thinking clearly when he took it to trial... sounds like a case that shouldve pled this to lesser charges rather than go to trial.
Drive safe

Jarrettsville, MD

#26 Jan 29, 2009
Make one thing clear here. Just because it was said in court that this was NOT proven by the court that this was Reckless murder does NOT mean it wasn't! I work for the court system and have seen MURDERS walk away free as a bird Shall we look at OJ for one!. So I do NOT uphold what happens in the court system.
You pick up a phone while you are driving down the road you may as well give that person a gun!
Want to get away with murder! Do it with your car sober.. even if you aren't sober... I know people that have gotten away killing someone while drunk driving.
Do NOT hold what happens in court as Law because it will NEVER be.!
Right2MyThoughts wrote:
When it comes to this case I feel a lot of pain, Due to the fact that i know both parties. The family of this young boy is very hurt and in pain, and im sure any one would feel that way if they lost a child. But the fact is this was just accident, and that was provent in court. This young man was not not drinking, doing drugs, speeding, or even talking on his phone.That was proven at trial. The other driver called 911 before he even used his phone. And a commet back to 4real1, this young man had been inlisted in the are months before this happened. And also re did his army contract to stay here longer and face any charges the DA had for him. The fact is The DA's office told the Army there were not going to be charges brought to this young man, other wise the army would have never taken him. Then the DA waited A YEAR, didnt even serve this young man, just charged him as a fugitive! Cops came to the hospital on the army post in washington, right in to his wives delivery room, after she gave birth and handcuffed him! The fact is this case is more then sick! the DA's office should be ashamed of there own actions! And Tim Barker Has some Nerve, I hope he is ready o face hell, because he is sure to see it due to his actions! As to TRULY SADDENED, your more then welcome to call Officer Hoffer at the york county police station and ask him about how Mr. Putman and his family showed no remorse, because even he will be sure to tell you that that is NOT TRUE, Infact the police told Mr. Putman and all of his family Not to contact The Heck Family Due to this being under investagation. I know this for sure because Mr. Putman ask his friends and family to state fund for the family, and send flowers, And Officer offer told then NO, when they asked if they could contact the Heck family about that. So Please Be sure to Know Both sides of this. And just a little note- the public has the right to know, that althought this family is in so much pain do to the loss of this wonderful little boy who I was lucky to have met, this boys father had NO Driver License.....and No Right to be on that road. But I guess thats not the point right! All Im saying is Everyone is in Pain here but remember, when you point your finger there are 4 more pointing back at you.
Secret

AOL

#27 Jan 30, 2009
Where is the justice? A 9 year old child was killed and the man responsible one has to pay $150? Yes this was considered an accident, however there is mixed comments. There was a small animal? There were phone records from cell phones? Why did he first called his recruiter and wife, before calling 911? He was convicted of reckless conduct but not reckless driving? How is this justice, when the child is still gone and this man can drive and possibly have this type of accident again? Who can answer these questions? No one because our court system is so messed up.
Secret

AOL

#28 Jan 30, 2009
Concerned citizen, yes this was an accident, however I dont think you have all the facts either. Mr. Putman changed his story. First it was a small animal (there was no evidence to prove this) then it wasnt. If there was a small animla, he would have swerved quickly not gradually. He admitted he caused this "accident" but all he has to do is pay $450, no justice. You want to talk about the father not having a license, this is not how the accident was caused. How many unlicensed drivers are there on the road? You say Mr. Putman has to live with this for the rest of his life? So does this family. I have not lost a child (thank god) but this is not the first child to die from careless driving at as the result of an accident. The news, DA, Judge, Jury, everyone needs to know everything. Another thing, they said there were cell phone calls on his phone record within a few minutes (before or after the accident) he very well could have been on his phone but we dont know that. They charge him with reckless conduct but not reckless driving?
Right2MyThoughts wrote:
Concerned citizen, My guess is you dont even know this Mr. Putman so I dont know why you have anything to say. If it dont bother you that the Hecks had no right to drive, then you must just be another angry family member. So your thoughts are blured by sadness! But as for the rest of us, who are not directly involved, it is not right for the Hecks not to take some blame in this. Besides if Mr. Putman is such a bad driver why does he hold a PA license and a goverment drivers license Through the Army?
Charles Check Jr

United States

#29 Oct 6, 2012
Right2MyThoughts wrote:
I am Lobbying for the truth, Not just for this case but any that take place! I think it is unfair that the news should only report half the story......the public has the right to know everything! The fact is the DA's Office has no idea what they are doing! And Im tired of it! As for yeahyeahyeah, No i am not a Mr. Putmans Brother or his lawyer. But I am someone who Knows Both sides have heard Both sides, and the one thing I can say is that Mr. Putman Never Pointed fingers.....He Said Yes I did swerve to avoid that animal and yes a child died hours later due to that! He has been punishing himself every day for that! He has to live with that!!!! Not you, not me, Not the DA, Just HIM! But as the other party was in pain and hurting, there pain turned to anger, and the finger pointing started. You can look back to all the storys wrote by this paper since this crash and see, Fawn Taylor always telling the papers she wants Mr. Putman to pay, how he is a lier. Never was she honest enought to tell the papers, that they were on the road with no Driver License. But I guess Honest is no big deal these days....right? I guess honest wont see the paper!
not sure who this is claiming to know both parties but a lie is a lie, there was never an animal , that is just a cop out and a bold face lie. And yes i didn't have a license still does mad it ok to cross in to on coming traffic. If not me and my family it would have been someone else. And had i known this was online i would have responded long ago. His wife also out right lied in court saying she had a miscarriage a couple weeks later because of stress. Weird because in the hospital a nurse came to us and said that the putmans knew what we were going thru because she had a miscarriage two weeks earlier. They are both liars. Six years ago today. Tskr your own advice and get the facts straight.
Fawn Taylor

York, PA

#31 Apr 13, 2014
Yes Charlie didn't have a license. However he spent time in jail after his son died because of that. There was no animal. That was a cover. We don't know if he was drunk or high because the cops never did a test on him to find out. His wife slammed us on myspace for almost 2 years talking about us as bad people, charlie's no license, and us having ugly kids. I sent copy after copy to the DA showing them the harrassment that she was doing to us. And if Charlie wouldn't have picked me up from work that day, with no license, then my kids would have been in the car with my step dad or my mom or a friend, and the accident would have still occured. Either way, we would have been on that road at that time. And the Army thing. Give me a break. He didn't wait patiently and make sure it was okay. They had to threaten to exerdite him to get him back here to face charges and when they army found out about all of this they threatened to kick him out if he didn't cooperate. He came to me at the scene and asked me what happened until I started screaming over and over "look what you did". so if he really sweared INTO traffic to miss some imaginary animal then why wasn't he sure of what happened. No skid marks before or AFTER he hit us. So Right2mythoughts, you clearly don't know both sides. And your lies sicken me
Fawn Taylor

York, PA

#32 Apr 13, 2014
And it was the happiest day of my life when he was arrested in the hospital when his premie child was born. He may not have went to jail for this, but his karma will bite him in the end. And it started with the day he was arrested at her birth
Fawn Taylor

York, PA

#33 Apr 13, 2014
Let me clear some things up for your misconceptions. Ignorance does not make you sound intelligent. It was NOT an accident and nothing was proven but crap. We don't know if he was drinking or doing drugs because they never tested him. He may have enlisted months before hand but had to be threatened to be exterdited and kicked out of the army to come back here to face the charges.He NEVER once apologized or showed remorse. In fact his wife slammed us on myspace for 2 years about how ugly our kids were and it was not her dear husbands fault at all. Any moron knows you swear OUT of traffic. And he never saw us coming?? Hmmm there was a 1500 ft clear line of site. So why didn't he see us? ohhhh because he was preoccupied. And it was never a secret that Charlie didn't have a license. In fact he spent time in jail just 3 months after his son died because of that. But Charlie wasn't driving reaklessly. Charlie didn't cross the center line to avoid an imaginary animal. So PLEASE get your facts straight. He is a MURDERER! and his Karma will come. It started with being arrested when his kid was born. The rest will come later. And he may such a grand life now. Wife loosing 500 lbs, more and more kids, moving back to the east coast. All wonderful things. But it will come. And I will be waiting and watching and laughing on the sidelines as I watch his life crumble around him. Hes no war hero. Just a scared little boy that hid behind his wife and could never fess up to the truth.
Right2MyThoughts wrote:
When it comes to this case I feel a lot of pain, Due to the fact that i know both parties. The family of this young boy is very hurt and in pain, and im sure any one would feel that way if they lost a child. But the fact is this was just accident, and that was provent in court. This young man was not not drinking, doing drugs, speeding, or even talking on his phone.That was proven at trial. The other driver called 911 before he even used his phone. And a commet back to 4real1, this young man had been inlisted in the are months before this happened. And also re did his army contract to stay here longer and face any charges the DA had for him. The fact is The DA's office told the Army there were not going to be charges brought to this young man, other wise the army would have never taken him. Then the DA waited A YEAR, didnt even serve this young man, just charged him as a fugitive! Cops came to the hospital on the army post in washington, right in to his wives delivery room, after she gave birth and handcuffed him! The fact is this case is more then sick! the DA's office should be ashamed of there own actions! And Tim Barker Has some Nerve, I hope he is ready o face hell, because he is sure to see it due to his actions! As to TRULY SADDENED, your more then welcome to call Officer Hoffer at the york county police station and ask him about how Mr. Putman and his family showed no remorse, because even he will be sure to tell you that that is NOT TRUE, Infact the police told Mr. Putman and all of his family Not to contact The Heck Family Due to this being under investagation. I know this for sure because Mr. Putman ask his friends and family to state fund for the family, and send flowers, And Officer offer told then NO, when they asked if they could contact the Heck family about that. So Please Be sure to Know Both sides of this. And just a little note- the public has the right to know, that althought this family is in so much pain do to the loss of this wonderful little boy who I was lucky to have met, this boys father had NO Driver License.....and No Right to be on that road. But I guess thats not the point right! All Im saying is Everyone is in Pain here but remember, when you point your finger there are 4 more pointing back at you.

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