Samantha Spade remembered

Nov 7, 2007 Full story: The Cincinnati Enquirer 52

“She knew what she wanted to do and where she was going. She had a bright future.”

GALLATIN COUNTY - Samantha Lynn Spade was a quiet person who led by example. 'She was the epitome of what we want every young person in Gallatin County to be,' said Dorothy Perkins, superintendent of Gallatin ... via The Cincinnati Enquirer

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internet junkie

Maineville, OH

#42 Sep 28, 2010
my question is if this had been one of us who had chose to drink while intoxicated and god forbid we hit someone and kill them from what i have read on here this is not his first rodeo with the long arm of the law as far as d u i many question,s have arose as to why he was allowed back behind the wheel of a vehicle some say mommy,s power in office has alot to do with it maybe maybe not the thing is what would samantha want? would she want you all on here trashing the person who killed her ? or would she want u all to rememeber the bright and intellegent young woman she was loved by so many missed by all i am sure that samanthas mother has to see tracy when she renews her vehicle is tracy guilty for what her son did no she is not he is guilty was 4 yrs to little sure it is if it had been anyone else we would have gotten at least 10 but lets remember samantha for what she taught us ok thanks
internet junkie 2

Cincinnati, OH

#43 Sep 28, 2010
it is ok to drive drunk and break laws in gallatin county if you are a cop, fireman or elected offical. how many places would make a dui arrest go away for a county cop? and how many dui's had this man had yet he keeps his pay, insurance and retirement.
Mohican

Louisville, KY

#44 Oct 17, 2010
internet junkie 2 wrote:
it is ok to drive drunk and break laws in gallatin county if you are a cop, fireman or elected offical. how many places would make a dui arrest go away for a county cop? and how many dui's had this man had yet he keeps his pay, insurance and retirement.
That's a good question. There's a double standard around here. If you are "connected", then you can commit all the crime you want to, but if you are not, then you get the book thrown at you.
StaightShooter

Cincinnati, OH

#45 Nov 3, 2010
internet junkie 2 wrote:
it is ok to drive drunk and break laws in gallatin county if you are a cop, fireman or elected offical. how many places would make a dui arrest go away for a county cop? and how many dui's had this man had yet he keeps his pay, insurance and retirement.
Could you all give it a break, you all want to bash everyone in Gallatin County but what about all the Famous people that do stupid things. Look what the get hit with. Usually nothing and you all want to bash the cops, judges and Neil Miles. Just remember one day you may make a mistake and people will be doing the same thing on here bashing you and your family. Remember OJ did he get what he deserved? I don't hear anyone bashing him right now. Everyone will pay for their own mistakes, God will see to it but they will be forgiven.
Town crier

AOL

#46 Nov 3, 2010
Out in 3 or 4 ?
I think not ,I know all of Sams friends will attend and or Wright the parole board expressing there feelings and opinions of his release. This alone will keep him behind bars 5 to 10
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#47 Nov 3, 2010
That's interesting.
Ju Ju Man

Florence, KY

#48 Feb 20, 2011
15 years would have been the correct jail time.
Had his parents not have bought him out of all of his other D.U.I.'s this terrible thing would not have happened.I am tired of watching my daughter cry herself to sleep because of what HE did and was out partying as soon as he was out of the hospital.
Ang

Cincinnati, OH

#49 Jun 7, 2012
internet junkie 2 wrote:
it is ok to drive drunk and break laws in gallatin county if you are a cop, fireman or elected offical. how many places would make a dui arrest go away for a county cop? and how many dui's had this man had yet he keeps his pay, insurance and retirement.
I live in Gallatin county and I am a newcomer by that I mean not related to anyone here and I know no one here i am from a whole different part of the US...and I have observed it to be exactly as you are describing and then some...I never knew settling in the country that i would see and hear of such....these God fearing folks are something else...hiding all their dirt and crimes...all the while holding official positions...it makes living here among such folks to be frightening...there is a difference in being bad and being bad in a position of power...
Still Praying For Sam

Owenton, KY

#50 Nov 21, 2012
I do not know anyone. I just want to say, I was one of the first on the scene of the accident. I continue to pray for Samantha's family. I will never forget that night. I now have 2 daughters of my own and I would like for someone who knows the family personally to tell them this for me, because I know if it had been one of my daughters in that car I would want to know, or maybe find a bit of solace.

Sam was not alone that night. I do not know if she was alive, she did not respond, however I held her hand and I prayed with her. I prayed aloud the Our Father and the Hail Mary. I did not know her name, I simply called her "baby" and stayed with her until the firemen came.

I am sorry it has taken me so long to reach out, and this is not at all a joke, or a falsehood. I am so very sorry for your loss, and I promise I tried everything to help her, and I am so very sorry but I could not. I pray for your family everyday, and have recently felt a strong urge to tell you that I was with her.

May God Bless You All.

Please advise that her family has been told.
thank you
Jeremy spade

Detroit, MI

#51 Jul 25, 2014
Still Praying For Sam wrote:
I do not know anyone. I just want to say, I was one of the first on the scene of the accident. I continue to pray for Samantha's family. I will never forget that night. I now have 2 daughters of my own and I would like for someone who knows the family personally to tell them this for me, because I know if it had been one of my daughters in that car I would want to know, or maybe find a bit of solace.
Sam was not alone that night. I do not know if she was alive, she did not respond, however I held her hand and I prayed with her. I prayed aloud the Our Father and the Hail Mary. I did not know her name, I simply called her "baby" and stayed with her until the firemen came.
I am sorry it has taken me so long to reach out, and this is not at all a joke, or a falsehood. I am so very sorry for your loss, and I promise I tried everything to help her, and I am so very sorry but I could not. I pray for your family everyday, and have recently felt a strong urge to tell you that I was with her.
May God Bless You All.
Please advise that her family has been told.
thank you
I am Samantha spades brother. I appreciate your comment, and am thankful that she was not alone. I would like to talk to you personally. Is there any way we could get together and talk about that night?
VoiceOf Reason

Cincinnati, OH

#52 Nov 4, 2014
What is tragic here is that a young woman left this world far too soon at the hands of someone else who shouldn’t have been on the road in the first place. He was given too many chances to make good choices and someone else had to pay the price, Samantha Spade.

Regardless of who mailed the postcard – it doesn’t alter the facts of what happened. A beautiful young woman lost her life, needlessly, and her family and friends have forever to grieve and miss her. No matter where the drunk driver is now, it won't bring her back. So the fact that we’re all reminded of her passing is a moment to reflect on how such a tragedy occurred and to take whatever steps we feel necessary to ensure it doesn’t happen to our loved ones – in whatever way that means to you individually.

Let’s take a moment to put all this anger aside, say a prayer for her family and instead of bickering – take your voice to your local polling location and do something about it. That's what election day is all about.
DidYouRely

Camby, IN

#53 Nov 9, 2014
Rob wrote:
I was a student at Northern Kentucky University, where she went to school. I also have interests in the Baptist Campus Ministry, an orgaization she also frequented. I never met Samantha, sadly, but I am all to knowing of the legacy that she created. I attended her funeral with all of her friends and family and played comforter for everyone I knew.
I wish to say that I am not too happy to hear that many on here are condemning the man whose big time mistake caused her death. Does the bible not say "Judge not lest ye be judged?" and "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?" People who think that just because Matthew Miles drove drunk and got into a fatal car accident means that he deserves to get the book thrown at him for has forgotten that he did not do it deliberately. Sure, he deserves to get punished for a DUI, and sure he is liable for Ms. Spade's demise, but everyone and their mother should already know that it was a complete accident. Matthew Miles did not choose Samantha as a victim that night, even though his mistakes DID kill her. But to tell someone that they deserve to be tried for murder is insane!
This is a very painful and sobering lesson that everyone should learn, and that everyone should remember should they want to turn the key after a night on the town. Matthew Miles was taught a lesson by God that night. Even though he should be charged with a DUI, he didnt mean to cause this. Other than that, let GOD punish him, because in the end no one on earth deserves the titles "Judge", "Jury" OR "Executioner".
This goes to Mrs. Miles, the Gallitan County clerk. She is grieving for both Samantha's family and her son, I am definitley sure of that. My group visited her office the day of the funeral, and she was numb twice over. She is innocent in all this, and you all need to leave her alone. What was that quote again?
Mistake, accident.... Any other excuses you might want to make for her killer. In order for something to be an accident you can't have purposely taken action. He may not have meant to take her life. He did however mean to get behind the wheel drunk. Therefore; it was no accident. It was his knowing actions. Everyone knows there are consequences for your actions. Sadly, Sam was the one that face those consequences. Yeah, he's in prison, but he will be home one day and be able to hug his family and go on with his life. Sam and her family will not. So save the bleeding heart excuses for a killer.

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