Expert to investigate Purdue freshman...

Expert to investigate Purdue freshman's death

There are 20 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Apr 12, 2007, titled Expert to investigate Purdue freshman's death. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Purdue has hired a company specializing in accident reconstruction to assist with the university's inquiry into the circumstances of the death of freshman Wade Steffey.

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Uh Clem

South Bend, IN

#2 Apr 12, 2007
Now HERE'S a waste of money. Look, the guy touched a high-voltage cable and was electrocuted. You need a STUDY? For THAT?

Here's an idea: Put 5 locks on each door. And have security check them every day.
Opinion Only

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Apr 12, 2007
Uh Clem wrote:
Now HERE'S a waste of money. Look, the guy touched a high-voltage cable and was electrocuted. You need a STUDY? For THAT?
Here's an idea: Put 5 locks on each door. And have security check them every day.
There's more to this story than you know----believe me, they need to investigate. That's all I can say at this time.

Now, as for you, I'm sure by the sound of your comment that you more than likely waste money yourself. Do you tithe (that is, give back to God, because in case you don't know everything you have and make comes from the One above----do you donate?, what do you do with your money? What will your checkbook say about you when you die---have you shared lately???? Do you know a brother or sister, neighbor, stranger in need but you keep looking the other way??? Why don't you get involved if you think your precious tax money is being wasted????
waste not

Monon, IN

#4 Apr 12, 2007
Opinion Only wrote:
<quoted text>
There's more to this story than you know----believe me, they need to investigate. That's all I can say at this time.
Now, as for you, I'm sure by the sound of your comment that you more than likely waste money yourself. Do you tithe (that is, give back to God, because in case you don't know everything you have and make comes from the One above----do you donate?, what do you do with your money? What will your checkbook say about you when you die---have you shared lately???? Do you know a brother or sister, neighbor, stranger in need but you keep looking the other way??? Why don't you get involved if you think your precious tax money is being wasted????
you must be religious. i to think it is a waste of money. the kid was drunk and he touched a high voltage line. it is a horrible story. i hope it never happens again. but for crying out loud. it is not going to change things.

and by the way,

"There's more to this story than you know----believe me, they need to investigate. That's all I can say at this time."

you must be a know it all too.
Wilson 46201

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Apr 12, 2007
The victim's family has hired an attorney and intends to sue the university. The university is doing the right thing and is only trying to cover itself for the pending lawsuit. No doubt the family's attorney will be hiring its'own forensic speacialist.

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#6 Apr 12, 2007
You can put up as many signs as you want, but when you drink yourself blind, they won't help. It was a horrible accident, but all that really needs to be done is more diligence in securing hazardous areas. Plus, this kid wasn't some helpless child. He was an adult. His death, though unfortunate, was the result of his own actions.

http://blog.jamesmeisler.com
I am baffled

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Apr 12, 2007
by ignorance, small-mindedness, and the need to obsess over situations that do not pertain to our lives in any way whatsoever.

To wit: your 'proof' that he was drunk is...?(Please don't bother to answer that, because I am certain you have none.)

The reason Purdue hired an expert is that there is still much to explore in order to reach the roots of this profound tragedy. And I don't believe any of US has been chosen to fulfill that role.

So why don't we just nip this pointless 'exchange' in the bud and let real experts do their work before 'armchair' experts start spewing bizarre conspiracy theories based on sheer conjecture/gossip, OR conclusions based on the presumption that the case is closed?

It's not.

Moving on: out of respect for all parties directly involved in this tragedy, and in the name of reasonable human behavior, let's all just get some new hobbies, shall we?
Craven Morehead

Elwood, IN

#8 Apr 12, 2007
Let me save the University some money.

The University failed to secure the electrical room.
The man walked into the electrical room and was electrocuted. End of story. Please make the check out to Craven Morehead.
Frosty

United States

#10 Apr 12, 2007
wow...someone hasn't been following this story very much...
there was a lock on the door.
skss

United States

#11 Apr 12, 2007
Frosty wrote:
wow...someone hasn't been following this story very much...
there was a lock on the door.
There were TWO LOCKED DOORS. That's a pretty good reason for an investigation.
Timmy28

Jeffersonville, OH

#12 Apr 12, 2007
Once again this "kid" has a name, it is Wade S. Steffey. He was a friend, brother, son, grandson, etc to many people that really loved him. This investigation is the correctt thing to do, if this had happened to any one your children than you would be expect the same. Yes what happened to Wade may in fact be a tragic accicent but a full investigation needs to run its course. Hopefully the firm they hired can do a better job than the PU officials that led the last searches on campus. And just becuase he was at a party does not mean that he was drunk, every witness has stated that he was not drunk. What if this was not just some random college student and instead your child, and by child I mean a minor. You know that this very easily could have been any ones (minor) child.

“a girl with opinions”

Since: Apr 07

United States

#13 Apr 12, 2007
Uh Clem wrote:
Now HERE'S a waste of money. Look, the guy touched a high-voltage cable and was electrocuted. You need a STUDY? For THAT?
Here's an idea: Put 5 locks on each door. And have security check them every day.
this isn't exactly a waste of time, I don't think. There are a lot of the details of the case that didn't exactly add up, if you read the stories and comments. I think the investigation can clear up some of these puzzling details.
Retired Police officer

Ironton, OH

#14 Apr 12, 2007
Let it all go and give the family some closure. I'm sure if it was your son,you'd despise all of the nasty criticism. This is the familys right to sue and find closure. May Wade rest in peace and the family will one day see their son again. It was a terrible tradgedy for everyone. Find a better use of your time than criticize someone that is deceased. You know I'm right. Enough said.
Greg

Marysville, OH

#15 Apr 12, 2007
Of course they need to investigate this case. If anything all the loose ends that appear to be in this story can be tied up and all the rumors and speculation can be put to rest. One thing I have read many times and people here just don't seem to get is that Wade was not drunk. There were witnesses that say he had one or two drinks if any. If you read this kid's past history you would see this was not some careless college kid, this was an honor student, a scout, and not a very wild type; more answers are needed in this case!!
Bill

Bringhurst, IN

#16 Apr 12, 2007
Doesn't Indiana limit a wrongful death (is that the right legan term?) suit to $250,000 for an individual with no depedendents? Seems like that might be a cheaper settlement than hiring consultants and lawyers? Purdue may settle anyway but might need to give an impression of wanting to learn all they can from this situation to help their black eye heal from this event.
Craven Morehead

Elwood, IN

#17 Apr 12, 2007
skss wrote:
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There were TWO LOCKED DOORS. That's a pretty good reason for an investigation.
If the door(s) were locked, then he overcame all laws of physics and breached the structure via telepathy.

Or perhaps someone was already in the room and he knocked and they let him in. Then there was a terrible accident.

Please give me a break.

The doors were not locked.
Scott

Jasper, IN

#18 Apr 13, 2007
This is very sad. and GOD bless his family and friends. but bottom line is it is not his fault. the doors should had been locked. if the doors were locked he would still be here. but one of the employees. or staff left it unlocked? if not there should be an alarm telling you it was unlocked. it is sad that it takes a tragedy like this to do what should had been done a long time ago. make sure the doors are closed and stayed closed. a camera. and somebody watching it would had helped. from a burn survivor, Scott
Opinion Only

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Apr 13, 2007
waste not wrote:
<quoted text>
you must be religious. i to think it is a waste of money. the kid was drunk and he touched a high voltage line. it is a horrible story. i hope it never happens again. but for crying out loud. it is not going to change things.
and by the way,
"There's more to this story than you know----believe me, they need to investigate. That's all I can say at this time."
you must be a know it all too.
I don't know it all; I just know God and what His Word says. You can argue with that if you want, it's not what I say it's what He says. I'm not religious, but in a relationship with God. He's my best friend and I defend my best friends. Take care and God bless!
my opinion

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Apr 13, 2007
waste not wrote:
<quoted text>
you must be religious. i to think it is a waste of money. the kid was drunk and he touched a high voltage line. it is a horrible story. i hope it never happens again. but for crying out loud. it is not going to change things.
and by the way,
"There's more to this story than you know----believe me, they need to investigate. That's all I can say at this time."
you must be a know it all too.
HE WAS NOT DRUNK YOU DUMBA**
my opinion

Indianapolis, IN

#21 Apr 16, 2007
James G-M wrote:
You can put up as many signs as you want, but when you drink yourself blind, they won't help. It was a horrible accident, but all that really needs to be done is more diligence in securing hazardous areas. Plus, this kid wasn't some helpless child. He was an adult. His death, though unfortunate, was the result of his own actions.
http://blog.jamesmeisler.com
please get your facts straight. he was NOT DRUNK. how many times do yo people have to be told? this is truly an example of ignorance.
Hamah Comlos

Indianapolis, IN

#22 Apr 19, 2007
hey you're cool
=)

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