Cops: Students talking, distracted be...

Cops: Students talking, distracted before fatal accident

There are 9 comments on the Newsday.com story from May 27, 2009, titled Cops: Students talking, distracted before fatal accident. In it, Newsday.com reports that:

The two students struck by a reversing garbage truck at Farmingdale State College Tuesday were chatting and may have been distracted before the accident that killed one of them, Suffolk police said Wednesday.

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OhWellShitHappen s

Brooklyn, NY

#1 May 28, 2009
Distracted? Try not paying attention. Those trucks are so big, loud and have that annoying backup alarm to not be noticed. Must have been one hell of an in-depth conversation to not notice the truck.
Fisherman

Brooklyn, NY

#4 May 28, 2009
Here come the new law to increase your taxes... You wait.. Some jerky Poly head is already practicing his introduction to the law to politicize this incident... Something that you read once every 100 years ...
OhWellShitHappen s

Brooklyn, NY

#5 May 28, 2009
EdAnger wrote:
How in the hell do you not see or hear a garbage truck? Maybe if we didn't walk around with a freakin cell phones or ipods stuck in our ears 24/7 we would actually know what is going on around us, instead of being trapped in our little tiny self-important insignificant lives.No one to blame for this one but the morons not paying attention. Good riddance, one less stupid person breathing my air...
Ed, how can you say such mean nasty things about such a bright intelligent person who was most likely turning her life around (we‘ll hear that later)?
I think we both need to realize that people have every right to use their iPods and cell phones 24/7 and it’s up to everyone else to look out for them and guarantee their safety. That truck had no right to be on the road or in a lot collecting garbage when someone wants to stand there and talk. People are no longer required to pay attention or walk on sidewalks.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go out for a while and get a few things. Don’t worry, I’ll be driving on the sidewalk to leave the road open for pedestrians.
not surprised

Bronx, NY

#6 May 28, 2009
I think it starts when kids are very young.
Parents teach them that they can ride their bikes and play in the road because cars are supposed to stop for them. Then when a tragedy occurs, it's the driver's fault. Newsflash: other people exist.

“Rockin' in the Free World”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#7 May 28, 2009
So smart.....not so smart!

8 ton truck, loud beeping noise....ah what's that sound? Lights out!
Blaze

Raleigh, NC

#8 May 28, 2009
When I was young I was taught to look both ways and pay attention to what is going on around you. How do you not see a garage truck as big as they are? Nobody deserves to be killed this way. But for crying out loud PAY ATTENTION. I feel sorry for the driver this certainly was not his fault.
Blaze

Raleigh, NC

#9 May 28, 2009
sorry it's "garbage truck"

“Rockin' in the Free World”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#10 May 28, 2009
Blaze wrote:
sorry it's "garbage truck"
That's OK you must have been distracted.
OhWellShitHappen s

Brooklyn, NY

#11 May 29, 2009
Cops: Students talking, totally friggin' clueless before fatal accident.
It's sad and funny that some are just so lost in their own little world they can stand in the path of a garbage truck.
BEEP BEEP BEEP Splat.

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