Man, 18, killed in accident on eve of...

Man, 18, killed in accident on eve of graduation

There are 162 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 22, 2007, titled Man, 18, killed in accident on eve of graduation. In it, Newsday reports that:

An 18-year-old Shirley man, on the eve of his high school graduation, was killed when a tractor-trailer with failed brakes struck his car, pushed it over an embankment and landed on top of it, police said.

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rebecca-MASTIC BEACH NY

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#164 Jun 27, 2007
i feel you with a lot of ppl being there to pay respect but listen if u rele felt so terrible and hurt you woldnt be fighting w. ppl because of their comments so stop and please let stephen rest in peace he hates this i know it!!
A Mother wrote:
I am quite appalled at all the negitive comments about the accident and Steve losing his life.I was at romas last night and saw the hundreds of people there paying there respects to this young man.I think everyone should act like human beings and show some compassion for his family and let him be layed to rest in piece and give his family time to grieve. If this was your son you would want the time to grieve in piece and not be attacked by bloggers!!
rebecca-MASTIC BEACH NY

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#165 Jun 27, 2007
Dana wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you...We def had some crazy times with steve.. looking at all the pictures make u laugh n cry at the same time because of such a great guy he was and no matter what he wanted to make the best out of everything he did with people.. His eyes and his smile just brighted up a room and my life everytime i saw them.. His family will always be a part of my life if they want to.. They are like family and will always b.. i love steve and them..
dana stay sweet your a wonderful friend and stephen is watching you and hoping that you will be happy forever!!!
real talk

Brooklyn, NY

#166 Jun 27, 2007
Tastee wrote:
Were the car's parents notified of their child's massive injuries? Hopefully, the car can be revived.
Are you serious a young man died and you are f$*king kidding around about a car go to H*ll SCUMBAG
Dana

Bridgeport, CT

#167 Jun 27, 2007
Thank you rebecca.. steve is watching over us all and making sure we are all happy and living a great life. cause i know he wouldnt want anything to happen to any of his friends and family.. Please i ask you no need for yelling at other people they have their stupid words cause they dont know what do say.. or they didnt know him.. if they did they knew he was a sweetheart
rebecca-MASTIC BEACH NY

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#168 Jun 27, 2007
dana do u know where stephen was buried i left the wake early b.c. my friend was extremly upset and couldnt stay???
email me please at iloveboyz128969@yahoo.com
thank you
i loved stephen too and always will he was something special
CDL - A

Brooklyn, NY

#169 Jun 27, 2007
Trucker wrote:
The world would stop in 3 days if truckers all went on strike. You obviously have no clue that most all truckers have to go through vigorous saftey and random drug testing with the Federal and State Government. Their license can be yanked at the littlest infraction. In addition this poor truck driver was probably forced to drive everyday overweight by the company he worked for which probably didn't maintain the truck very well. I agree this is a sad tragedy but your view on truckers is absolutely, 100 % IGNORANT of what it really is like driving on the road with you inexperience 4-Wheelers everyday.
<quoted text>
'Their license can be yanked at the littlest infraction.'

Get a clue!

One of the keywords in your post, "they're," is important to hone in on.

Referring to they're, as in the driver's... that's right - the driver's license, NOT the company's which is all the more reason to tell a supervisor/manager, as the driver (the holder of THAT LICENSE) to go F#CK him/herself if he/she insists you take an unsafe vehicle out on the road after you've pointed out the potential dangers you discovered during your (mandatory) pre-trip inspection.

Do you think for a minute that a supervisor/manager will admit that he or she told you to take it out or lose your job? Not in a million fkn years pal - they'll hang the entire incident on YOU as the driver. YOU will own it all by yourself because the LAST thing the company needs/wants is liability. They are in business to make money, not dish it out. They would NEVER admit having forced you to take out an unsafe piece of equipment or load.... NEVER!
CDL - A

Brooklyn, NY

#170 Jun 27, 2007
BTW, before I get flamed, "Their" was the correct usage from the original poster's comment. I emphasized "they're" incorrectly but my point is clear.

The "vigorous safety training" identifies that you are qualified to point out safety concerns when it comes to the vehicle you will drive. All the more reason to refuse to take it out.

If you choose not to point out these concerns, you set yourself up to be hung out to dry. The company will let you hang and offer zero responsibility. After all, you are supposed to be qualified to recognize safety concerns.
luvie

AOL

#171 Jun 27, 2007
Tastee wrote:
Were the car's parents notified of their child's massive injuries? Hopefully, the car can be revived.
ur 1 dumb motha f**ker,you honestly thynk that sh*t is funny,a kid lost his life and ur joking your piece of sh*t, dont b so god d*m disrespectful scumbag
Dana

Bridgeport, CT

#172 Jun 28, 2007
There is no need for that language here.. .his family is readying this i know ur looking out for them.. but they know the stupid comments people are saying and its making them sad
susan

Brooklyn, NY

#173 Jun 28, 2007
To Stephen's family
from what I have read here-from his friends-Stephen sounded wonderful. I am so sorry for your loss, my brother died at 18 too-I know the pain. Stay strong-Stephen is watching over all of you now.
Dana

Bridgeport, CT

#174 Jun 28, 2007
I miss him and love him oh so much.. nothing in this world will make him come back.. he is looking over all of us
toni

Bridgeport, CT

#175 Jun 28, 2007
pmck wrote:
which street yields to which? If you are familiar with the area, tell us who should have the right of way. <quoted text>
STEVE HAD THE RIGHT OF WAY. I DRIVE THAT ALL THE TIME. HE WAS HEADING TOWARDS ROUTE 101 FROM SHIRLEY ON HORSEBLOCK ROAD. HE TOOK THE LEFT TURN TO ROUTE 99, WOODSIDE AVE. HE STOPPED AT THE RED LIGHT. WHEN THE LIGHT TURNED GREEN HE PROCEEDED TO WOODSIDE AND THAT IS WHEN HE WAS HIT BY THE TRUCK GOING THROUGH THE RED LIGHT, APPARENTLY DUE TO THE FAILURE OF HIS BREAKS.
he was my best friend

Shirley, NY

#176 Aug 20, 2007
Just wondering- wrote:
<quoted text>
No, I noticed it too. To say on "man and "eve of graduation" in the same headline...my guess is the author is not a parent because no parent would refer to an 18-year-old as a man.
You would if you had known him.
Sensationalism

Brooklyn, NY

#177 Nov 11, 2007
anonymous wrote:
<quoted text>TRUCK DRIVER WENT THROUGH THE LIGHT NO MERGE!!!!!!!!!!
The reporter of this story and all stories relating to this tragic "accident" should be ashamed of themselves. They report to capture peoples attention, this is what sells papers and propels them to greater stories...wheather the facts are correct or not. There are two victims to this tragedy; the deceased and the tractor trailer driver. Both with families and friends that love them dearly. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest...for many reasons unbenounced to us these tragidies occur.Many of the facts reported by Newsday were incorrect, imagine that. There are daily maintanence reports for tractor trailers and it's drivers. The truck had legal permits to carry heavy loads. The truck in the accident was unloaded then loaded into another truck to weigh its contents. The paper fails to report that during the 8+ hours it took to prepare to unload the truck it poured rain. When the contents were loaded onto another truck the paper reported that the truck in the accident was over the limit. One thing....they never accounted for the rain that soaked the soil....one gallon of water weighs 8.347lbs. There were also people at the scene that reported the car jumped the light and rumors of illegal drugs found in the deceased system. We can point fingers all day... the moral of this irresponsibly written story is that two peoples lives are changed forever. Dont pass judgment before you know the true facts and please do not believe everything you read. Our hearts go out to both families of this tragic accident...

Accident defined as:
1 a: an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance b: lack of intention or necessity
Sensationalism

Brooklyn, NY

#178 Nov 11, 2007
Local 7 wrote:
Tractor Trailers should only be on the roads during the night time hours (10 pm-5 am). This would solve a lot of traffic problems as well as the unsafe driving displayed by MOST truckers.
What ever happened to the "Knights of the Road"? The Truckers of the past were honorable men, today their just chumps!
The reporter of this story and all stories relating to this tragic "accident" should be ashamed of themselves. They report to capture peoples attention, this is what sells papers and propels them to greater stories...wheather the facts are correct or not. There are two victims to this tragedy; the deceased and the tractor trailer driver. Both with families and friends that love them dearly. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest...for many reasons unbenounced to us these tragidies occur.Many of the facts reported by Newsday were incorrect, imagine that. There are daily maintanence reports for tractor trailers and it's drivers. The truck had legal permits to carry heavy loads. The truck in the accident was unloaded then loaded into another truck to weigh its contents. The paper fails to report that during the 8+ hours it took to prepare to unload the truck it poured rain. When the contents were loaded onto another truck the paper reported that the truck in the accident was over the limit. One thing....they never accounted for the rain that soaked the soil....one gallon of water weighs 8.347lbs. There were also people at the scene that reported the car jumped the light and rumors of illegal drugs found in the deceased system. We can point fingers all day... the moral of this irresponsibly written story is that two peoples lives are changed forever. Dont pass judgment before you know the true facts and please do not believe everything you read. Our hearts go out to both families of this tragic accident...

Accident defined as:
1 a: an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance b: lack of intention or necessity
Sensationalism

Brooklyn, NY

#179 Nov 11, 2007
Justice wrote:
This truck was almost 20 years old,and im sure the owner of the sand and gravle co. is driving a new mercerdes. to chheap to buy updated equipment and the dmv not doing thir job. sue , sue ,sue them all for this injustice..my sympathy to all thr ezzos...
The reporter of this story and all stories relating to this tragic "accident" should be ashamed of themselves. They report to capture peoples attention, this is what sells papers and propels them to greater stories...wheather the facts are correct or not. There are two victims to this tragedy; the deceased and the tractor trailer driver. Both with families and friends that love them dearly. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest...for many reasons unbenounced to us these tragidies occur.Many of the facts reported by Newsday were incorrect, imagine that. There are daily maintanence reports for tractor trailers and it's drivers. The truck had legal permits to carry heavy loads. The truck in the accident was unloaded then loaded into another truck to weigh its contents. The paper fails to report that during the 8+ hours it took to prepare to unload the truck it poured rain. When the contents were loaded onto another truck the paper reported that the truck in the accident was over the limit. One thing....they never accounted for the rain that soaked the soil....one gallon of water weighs 8.347lbs. There were also people at the scene that reported the car jumped the light and rumors of illegal drugs found in the deceased system. We can point fingers all day... the moral of this irresponsibly written story is that two peoples lives are changed forever. Dont pass judgment before you know the true facts and please do not believe everything you read. Our hearts go out to both families of this tragic accident...

Accident defined as:
1 a: an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance b: lack of intention or necessity
alanna

Bronx, NY

#180 Nov 28, 2007
this has NOTHING TO DO WITH TEEN DRIVING
the tractor crushed him.
GME

AOL

#181 Dec 30, 2007
You don't really expect sympathy for the trucker who killed Stephen. What happened at the Grand Jury? What happened at the Arraignment? How did the trucker and company he drove for plead? My such tears. You won't get sympathy till your child is killed by a trucker, like the one who drove with bad brakes, bad tires, no registration and many other infractions.Then you're trying to besmirch this wonderful kid. Did the driver have any drugs on him? Why, why wasn't he able to stop this killing machine? Prosecute this killer
Brendan Ezzo

Medford, NY

#182 Nov 16, 2011
1 year and counting wrote:
Now Stephen has gone to the flat bed truck in the sky.
hey im stephens brother y would you put something like this when he just died by a 22 wheeleer i would know he was going to get his paycheck from his job when this fag comes and runs him over you could see the break marks on the street to the light and one big ditch is when the big 22 wheeler crushed him flip the car over and then crushed him i still cant imagine what was going through stephens head i could not stop crying i still have my sisters here and the family still really misses him im i was 13 when he died and i knew what was going on he should be in the nfl and im in my last year of highscool ive got a scolarship to Dallas im goimg to play collede ball (i cant spell still) and get in the draft im 18 driving safe because of what happened to S-Dog we miss him with all our harts i remeber being in the funaral home not wanting them to close the coffin while me and my dad were right there be fore they closed the coffin we were all togather for one last goodbye we could not stand them when he was still with us but this one meant alot to all 3 of us even stephen one last thing i gave them a hell of a good speach at the funaral home as we left i could not help but die right there in front of his coffin we always used to play wiffle ball so we put a ball in ther knowing that he is still with us always (dumb truck drivers)
Alyssa

Yonkers, NY

#183 Jan 16, 2012
I miss Stephen so much.. Not a day goes by where i dont think of him.. He was my cousin and my best friend all the way back to childhood memories.. Hard to believe hes been gone this long... would of been 24 next month. I love you stephen xoxoxo Rest In Peace

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