Man hit by Stallworth wasn't in cross...

Man hit by Stallworth wasn't in crosswalk

There are 128 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Mar 25, 2009, titled Man hit by Stallworth wasn't in crosswalk. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

MIAMIDANA POINT, Calif.DANA POINT, Calif. - A Miami Beach police report shows a pedestrian wasn't in a crosswalk when Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth hit and killed him with his Bentley.

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Boca

Munford, AL

#1 Mar 25, 2009
Wait, I'm confused. He says he saw the man and flashed his lights at him to let him know he was approaching. Why didn't he just f****g stop!
Lily

Hollywood, FL

#3 Mar 25, 2009
He obviously saw the man, hence flashing his lights to 'warn' him, so why couldn't he have slowed down or swerved to miss him? Oh, so because he was not in a crosswalk he was at fault?
Lily

Hollywood, FL

#4 Mar 25, 2009
Boca wrote:
Wait, I'm confused. He says he saw the man and flashed his lights at him to let him know he was approaching. Why didn't he just ********g stop!
Great minds think alike, Boca. Your post wasn't even on here when I posted my comments.
CatLady

Pompano Beach, FL

#5 Mar 25, 2009
So because he wasn't in the crosswalk he wasn't killed? Granted, it may have contributed to the accident, but I believe alcohol was involved here. Who's to blame? Jaywalker vs drunk driver? Let a jury decide. Granted, we have far too many jaywalkers in this State and the policy do nothing about it, but we also have far too many drunk drivers.
Rambo

Powder Springs, GA

#6 Mar 25, 2009
Just how much "over the legal limit" was Stallworth that he couldn't stop the car? He obviously saw him.
Tough Driving

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#7 Mar 25, 2009
Hasn't ANYONE driven in Miami before? You can't simply 'swerve' and you certainly don't "just change lanes". There are ALWAYS cars on the road - and many other hazards that would cause a worse accident. Laws of motion dictate that a moving vehicle doesn't simply stop because you want it to. It takes some amount of distance to stop a car. Why else would there be so many pedestrian fatalities? The poor guy put himself in front a moving vehicle no matter who was driving. That was a bad decision. I'm sorry for his family's loss but people need to think before walking in front of oncoming traffic.
does not matter

Jupiter, FL

#8 Mar 25, 2009
didn't a ft lauderdale police officer get charged for running over a crack head who wasn't in a cross walk? OK sun sentinel it's ok to charge a cop but not a football player. what are you trying to say? If he was drunk then he gets charged. He better get charged!
LEN

West Palm Beach, FL

#9 Mar 25, 2009
These foreigners don't have a clue what a crosswalk is.

Last year this young women from S.America who could not speak english walked THROUGH traffic, completely missing a crosswalk just 20 feet away, at Dixie and Prospect Rd. at 8:00 am in the morning, stepping around a Ford pickup directly in front of me. She landed on her butt next to the sidewalk. The cops came and after several witnesses came forward and told them what happened they allowed me to continue on to work.

Right away she hired a lawyer but after talking to my insurance company they backed right off that one.

Teach these people SOMETHING about traffic laws when they come here,because they sure as hell do not have too many where they come from, it is only for their own good.

“Share the Road.”

Since: Jul 08

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#10 Mar 25, 2009
CatLady wrote:
So because he wasn't in the crosswalk he wasn't killed? Granted, it may have contributed to the accident, but I believe alcohol was involved here. Who's to blame? Jaywalker vs drunk driver? Let a jury decide. Granted, we have far too many jaywalkers in this State and the policy do nothing about it, but we also have far too many drunk drivers.
The law states that if a drunk driver is involved in an accident and that accident was not his fault, he's not responsible for the accident. He can be charged with the DUI but not the accident.

It doesn't make it right (in my own opinion), but that's the way it is.
Mothrt Trucker

Gainesville, FL

#12 Mar 25, 2009
Boca wrote:
Wait, I'm confused. He says he saw the man and flashed his lights at him to let him know he was approaching. Why didn't he just ********g stop!
flashing your light means GO to truckers
LMAO

Waterloo, Canada

#13 Mar 25, 2009
last time i looked, it meant go for the person, car, truck, etc...to go.
Mothrt Trucker wrote:
<quoted text>flashing your light means GO to truckers
Phil

West Palm Beach, FL

#14 Mar 25, 2009
Why does the Sentinel feel it is pertinent to the story to print this mans salary info? What does his contract with the NFL have to do with the story? Is the Sentinel implying that he should be financially responsible? Get a hint Sentinel, stick to the facts that should be pertinent.
Just speaking the truth

Miami, FL

#15 Mar 25, 2009
This is ridiculous. Anyone see the hand of a publicist in this article. Stallworth could flash lifghts while speeding but couldn't be botherd to not hit the man? We all know he's going to get off -O.J. Stallworth is 'needed' on the field. So what if this man's family has to struggle on without a father/husband. Let's lay the blame where it really should be---- shame on you Mr. Reyes for working to support your family rather than just slaying around and letting the State welfare system support you. It's your fault for being out of your home, working an all night job rather than just robbing a convenience store or selling drugs. And just to make it clear to the SoFL bloggers - that is what is known as sarcasm (i.e., remarks that mean the opposite of what they seem to say and are intended to mock or deride.
O.J. Stallworth will drive again... count on it.
Why was he drunk at 7:30 in the MORNING!!!!!!

“FIRE CHILLY! FIRE CHILLY! ”

Since: Aug 08

Rensselaer

#16 Mar 25, 2009
obviously he saw the man and could of stopped, but if the man he hit wasnt walking in the crosswalk and saw the vehicle coming, then he is just as at fault for being that dumb as stallworth is for drinking and driving. thats the thing with this government, no matter how stupid the pedestrian is, its always the drivers fault.
hmmmm

Jupiter, FL

#17 Mar 25, 2009
FlaXcRacer wrote:
<quoted text>The law states that if a drunk driver is involved in an accident and that accident was not his fault, he's not responsible for the accident. He can be charged with the DUI but not the accident.
It doesn't make it right (in my own opinion), but that's the way it is.
The minute you take to the road drunk you are breaking the law. If you kill someone while you are legally drunk it's vehicular homicide. Now they havn't said whether this guy was drunk when he was driving and I don't know what the speed limit there is. But my guess is that he was going pretty fast if he saw they guy and the only thing he had time to do was flash his bright lights. If he wasn't going fast then he may have been impaired to the point that his reaction time was substantially delayed. In that scenario he is at fault either way. He is basically in a catch 22 if he comes back over the legal limit. I do agree that people need to use cross walks.
duhhh

Jupiter, FL

#18 Mar 25, 2009
The fact that he saw the guy in the road and still ran him over sounds like reckless driving to me.
retarded herald poster

Miami, FL

#19 Mar 25, 2009
retarded sentinel poster wrote:
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you are clueless. EVERYONE looks out for pedestrians in areas like that, or they are MORONS. of COURSE you can slow down or change lanes. he had enough time to arrogantly flash his lights but not to take ANY ACTION to avoid killing a man? you sure aren't too smart. oh and as a sidenote, he was DUI. BUSTED.
idiot jaywalker--you'll be dead soon thankfully. Why should Stallworth care more for the jaywalker's life than the jaywalker himself? Only a suicidal idiot jaywalks infront of oncoming cars. You are that idiot.
Homeowner

Chicago, IL

#20 Mar 25, 2009
LEN wrote:
These foreigners don't have a clue what a crosswalk is.
Last year this young women from S.America who could not speak english walked THROUGH traffic, completely missing a crosswalk just 20 feet away, at Dixie and Prospect Rd. at 8:00 am in the morning, stepping around a Ford pickup directly in front of me. She landed on her butt next to the sidewalk. The cops came and after several witnesses came forward and told them what happened they allowed me to continue on to work.
Right away she hired a lawyer but after talking to my insurance company they backed right off that one.
Teach these people SOMETHING about traffic laws when they come here,because they sure as hell do not have too many where they come from, it is only for their own good.
Thank God there are foreigners in this country, otherwise there would be no one for you to complain about!! Get over it and move on.
LEN

West Palm Beach, FL

#21 Mar 25, 2009
retarded sentinel poster wrote:
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you are clueless. EVERYONE looks out for pedestrians in areas like that, or they are MORONS. of COURSE you can slow down or change lanes. he had enough time to arrogantly flash his lights but not to take ANY ACTION to avoid killing a man? you sure aren't too smart. oh and as a sidenote, he was DUI. BUSTED.
Traffic laws are there for a reason and they work for pedestrians,motorcyclist, bicyclist, car drivers and anything else that ventures out into the roadway. Ignorance of the LAWS is no excuse and I am not defending Stallworth but if that guy that got hit was not in the crosswalk, no matter his excuse, he is just as much to blame for what happened.
LEN

West Palm Beach, FL

#22 Mar 25, 2009
Jeebs wrote:
obviously he saw the man and could of stopped, but if the man he hit wasnt walking in the crosswalk and saw the vehicle coming, then he is just as at fault for being that dumb as stallworth is for drinking and driving. thats the thing with this government, no matter how stupid the pedestrian is, its always the drivers fault.
Not true.

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