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There are 21 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 24, 2008, titled Friend of the late WBBM anchorman Randy Salerno attends court h.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A snowmobile driver who crashed and killed former WBBM-Ch. 2 anchorman Randy Salerno had his first court hearing Monday in a case that could end with a 25-year prison sentence.

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kathyd

Woodridge, IL

#1 Feb 11, 2008
Its so sad this man will pay the price for this accident every day for the rest of his natural life childhood friends childhood, how could any one think that sending this man to prison for 25 years could be just... The people we need to focus on are our politicians that commit crimes like Mr Bush.
John

Bethpage, NY

#2 Feb 11, 2008
If Randy Salerno was willingly riding with this guy, I don't get the charges. He had to know the man had been drinking. If I get into a car with someone I know is intoxicated, that is my bad judgement.

I feel tremendously sorry for the Salerno family, but he is responsible for this,also.
It was a tragic accident. IF Randy Salerno had been standing off to the side and this guy ran over him , that would be different.

Bad situation no matter what.
Buddy

Evanston, IL

#3 Feb 11, 2008
John wrote:
If Randy Salerno was willingly riding with this guy, I don't get the charges. He had to know the man had been drinking. If I get into a car with someone I know is intoxicated, that is my bad judgement.
I feel tremendously sorry for the Salerno family, but he is responsible for this,also.
It was a tragic accident. IF Randy Salerno had been standing off to the side and this guy ran over him , that would be different.
Bad situation no matter what.
It would be different - why? So it's ok to drive drunk as long as you don't kill anyone? What IF there had been a kid playing there somewhere and he hit the kid - THEN he would be charged with a crime?

Look the guy didn't mean to kill anyone, and I'm sure he's remorseful - but he knew he wasn't supposed to be drunk and driving - that's why he delayed the alcohol test for so long. Both of these poor guys have to pay the price for their poor judgement - no one is happy about it
chgofan

Chicago, IL

#4 Feb 11, 2008
This guy was a .024. Thank God your family was not ont he trail. Buddy is right
Lisa

Northbrook, IL

#5 Feb 11, 2008
Randy Salerno assumed a risk. He had been drinking with his friends and knew the condition they were in. Sorry, but Randy jumped on the back of a one-person snowmobile. Hmmmmmm....and had been drinking with the driver for some time....hmmmm...It's different if it is an innocent bystander, but that is not the case. This is clearly an assumption of risk, and sadly everyone pays in the end.
jsd

Oswego, IL

#6 Feb 11, 2008
if he was able to make it to the funeral (he was a pallbearer) why was he not able to make his first court appearance? the news on tv made it sound like he was not physically up to a court appearance. doesnt make much sense if he could help carry the casket a few weeks ago.
there were 2 others killed on snowmobiles in kane county last week and 1 the week before. face it its a dangerous sport and im sure randy holds just as much blame.
i personally hope the best for his friend and both their families.
John

Bethpage, NY

#8 Feb 11, 2008
My point in bringing up the drunk driving is, that, Randy's choice was the same thing as choosing to get in car with drunk driver.
It's not homicide, both parties should not have been on the snowmobile.
If Randy had been standing off to the side, then it might have been homicide, but 2 people with bad judgement make a bad accident, not a homicide.
John

Bethpage, NY

#9 Feb 11, 2008
If you or I elect to do something dumb, you don't get to call it homicide later. It was just stupidity on both their parts. And , regrettably, Randy Salerno paid the price for his bad judgemeny. His friend will have to live with it. What prurpose does jail serve in this case?
Tim

Chicago, IL

#10 Feb 11, 2008
kathyd wrote:
Its so sad this man will pay the price for this accident every day for the rest of his natural life childhood friends childhood, how could any one think that sending this man to prison for 25 years could be just... The people we need to focus on are our politicians that commit crimes like Mr Bush.
I think we need to focus on on your parents since they committed a crime by spawning an idiot like yourself. Stick to the topic tard.
Chris

Omaha, NE

#11 Feb 11, 2008
chgofan wrote:
This guy was a .024. Thank God your family was not ont he trail. Buddy is right
I hope you mean .24. The drunk driving number is .08 so in your story there is nothing wrong.

What was Salemo's BAC. If he was intoxicated as well give his friend a drunk driving ticket. This is overkill to charge him with homicide.
Mike P

Las Vegas, NV

#12 Feb 11, 2008
This case illustrates that the old adage to "watch your friends more than your enemies" to be sadly true.
Mike P

Las Vegas, NV

#13 Feb 11, 2008
Tim wrote:
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I think we need to focus on on your parents since they committed a crime by spawning an idiot like yourself. Stick to the topic tard.
No need to jump on her case.Most people reading her comment have already drawn that conclusion.
George W Bush

Sycamore, IL

#14 Feb 11, 2008
kathyd wrote:
Its so sad this man will pay the price for this accident every day for the rest of his natural life childhood friends childhood, how could any one think that sending this man to prison for 25 years could be just... The people we need to focus on are our politicians that commit crimes like Mr Bush.
Out of the thousands of times I drove wasted I never killed anyone...at least not anyone you knew of.
Paul Kersey

Chicago, IL

#15 Feb 11, 2008
kathyd wrote:
Its so sad this man will pay the price for this accident every day for the rest of his natural life childhood friends childhood, how could any one think that sending this man to prison for 25 years could be just... The people we need to focus on are our politicians that commit crimes like Mr Bush.
One word for you IDOT with the missing I.
Paul Kersey

Chicago, IL

#16 Feb 11, 2008
This is a good example of the bias news media trying to hang this guy when one of their own was as much to blame as he was.
Paul Kersey

Chicago, IL

#17 Feb 11, 2008
kathyd wrote:
Its so sad this man will pay the price for this accident every day for the rest of his natural life childhood friends childhood, how could any one think that sending this man to prison for 25 years could be just... The people we need to focus on are our politicians that commit crimes like Mr Bush.
So what your saying is the killer of the 5 women in Tinley Park should not be focused on until Pres.Bush is brought to trial for his crime I didn;t know Bush killed someone Wow thats scary.
We will miss you Randy

Chicago, IL

#18 Feb 13, 2008
Randy was always the cutest news guy on TV we'll miss you,
heaven has a cool newsguy now
ZUP

San Antonio, TX

#19 Feb 13, 2008
It's pretty hard to condemn Randy's friend when you've read and heard all the commentary from the police and "extras".

The policeman at the site of the accident stated the driver was not acting impaired and was functional - as did the other members of the group. The cop went on to say the trail was NOT well lit, a marker was missing. When you rent a snowmobile you are given a map of ALL the bars along the routes. There were NUMEROUS WI snowmobile deaths and injuries due to accidents in the weeks immediately following Randy's death.

Something to consider - as this was Randy's first snowmobile experience, perhaps he was not aware that two people on the snowmobile was not recommended and he may not have known his friend had imbibed to the level he had.

I do not know Randy but he appeared to be very outgoing and would probably mingle instead of staying right by the side of his boyhood friend at their stops and I would also consider that if Randy thought his friend was impaired he would have taken control.

All in all it is entirely possible this accident may have occurred with or without the alcohol factor.

Yes, the WI stats show the predominance of accidents and deaths involve alcohol but from the way it is touted I would expect some alcohol would be the NORM there. WI stats do not indicate what level of alcohol is present in the accidents - much of it COULD be very low.

I miss my favorite morning anchor very much - he started my day with laughter.

I wish the best possible outcome for his boyhood friend too.
JPM

Park Ridge, IL

#20 Feb 14, 2008
There is no doubt this is a tragedy. Another tragedy is that you are given a map of the bars when you rent your snowmobile. The bars will continue to serve everyone that parks a snowmobile until their wallets are empty. The owners don't care about the drivers; they care about profit and selling as much alcohol as possible. When do they start sharing some of the blame? They know these drivers are not walking home! How about a law being passed to only serve 1 drink an hour to anyone that comes into a bar? According to the law, you can legally drink that much and drive, anything more per hour you would be over .08! This may seem extreme; however, I guarantee a law like this would greatly reduce DUI's and DUI fatalities.
TSage

Madison, WI

#21 Feb 20, 2008
The mention of the bartenders or bar owners who over serve all these snowmobilers is pretty on target. They should be responsible in part for the death if they knowingly over served someone. I have bartended for a decade, I live in Wisconsin. I see many snowmobilers parked outside of taverns. There is no way you can keep track of one drink/person. If someone wants a drink they will find ways, schnapps bottle bought from the liquor store.
But I also see the sledders who are responsible for their actions.
My son is 11 and next year his father will enroll him in a course for safe riding on a sled. I think it starts with responsible parents. But I worry about the irresponsible snowmobilers who are so careless about their own life and the life of others. I pray to God that my son does not come across a Scott Hirschey.

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