Driver in Fatal Salerno Crash Cited

Driver in Fatal Salerno Crash Cited

There are 39 comments on the www.wbbm780.com story from Jan 25, 2008, titled Driver in Fatal Salerno Crash Cited. In it, www.wbbm780.com reports that:

CHICAGO STNG/AP/CBS 2/WBBM) - * CBS 2 Morning anchor Randy Salerno was killed last night in a snowmobiling accident and the driver who was said to be his childhood friend has been cited for drunk driving in ...

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brad

Estill Springs, TN

#1 Jan 26, 2008
this indeed horrible. however, what was Randy Salerno's blood alcohol level.. 2 friends having a great time,,,,,accident,,,,horrible, ,,,,then the LAW turns into a nightmare from hell. good that will help alot.
Mark Sugar Grove IL

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Jan 26, 2008
brad wrote:
this indeed horrible. however, what was Randy Salerno's blood alcohol level.. 2 friends having a great time,,,,,accident,,,,horrible, ,,,,then the LAW turns into a nightmare from hell. good that will help alot.
Very true. Unfortunately, we've all acted like "FIBS" at one time or another, when we're in north woods. We race to get there and let it all hang out while there. What is it about the North Woods? Watched channel 2 news in the am, solely for Randy Salerno. He will be greatly missed.
Ken Jenson- Crystal Lake

United States

#3 Jan 26, 2008
Maybe they should close down Sayner pub if they keep serving people when they already had to much to drink! That might straighten out the bad "W.I.S.H." up there!
Ken Jenson- Crystal Lake

United States

#4 Jan 26, 2008
"WISH" wisconsins ignorant sh-t heads. It's too bad cheesehead wasn't standing in front of tree!
You wish
Anonymous

Geneva, IL

#5 Jan 26, 2008
It's a terrible tragedy. Randy's wife is now a widow with three children to raise. Rather than blaming the Bar and calling names out, I don't think Randy would honor that. He was a class act and I'm sure any reasonable person would not start name calling. People in Wisconsin are no different than people in Illinois. The only people that are responsible are the people themselves.
Rest in Peace Randy
Anonymous

Hammond, IN

#6 Jan 26, 2008
Lessons are never learned about mixing alcohol and driving! As adults, we should be teaching our kids about the dangers of mixing alcohol and driving (even snowmobiles, boats and jet skies). What kind of lesson is his kids being taught now? Wake up America and realize that even our own actions can cause a tragedy!!!!!!!!!!
dfeee

Saint Charles, IL

#7 Jan 27, 2008
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guy

Saint Charles, IL

#8 Jan 27, 2008
Too bad snomobile basics wern't followed here. When someones sled breakes down, you get the tow strap out from under the seat compartment, and tow the sled home. Even if you didn't have one you can McGiver one. Borrow some rope, use bungees, rags, etc. I would rather sit and steer a broken sled in tow than ride snuggled up with anyone. You can't go very fast when towing a sled, but it gets the job done.
Not my first rodeo!
Hope this info helps out someone someday.
LOLGAL

Aurora, IL

#9 Jan 28, 2008
Sayner Pub is not to blame for this accident. No one knows if Randy and his friend drank before going out for their evening ride. If they stopped at other bars along the way. These two men are adults and know that drinking and driving any type of vehicle is not the responsible thing to do. This is an awful tragedy, but no one is to blame but themselves.
BEN

Chicago, IL

#10 Jan 28, 2008
GUY YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, THEY SHOULD HAVE STUCK TO SNOWMOBILE BASICS I , IF YOU SNOWMOBILE BREAKS TOW IT AND THAT IS USUALLY A SIGN RIGHT THERE TO SLOW DOWN AND THINK ABOUT IT NOT JUST JUMP ON ANOTHER SLED AND RIPP ACROSS THE LAKE, THE THING THAT I A CONFUSED ABOUT IS THE FACT THAT THEY MISSED THE TRAIL BY 10 OR SO FEET ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS AND YOU NEVER APPROACH LAND AT A FAST RATE OF SPEED YOU ARE JUST ASKING FOR A ACCIDENT AND I AM VERY FAMILAR WITH THE ENTRANCE TO TRAIL 15 OFF OF NORTH PLUM LAKE GO HTERE EVERY SUMMER AND HAVE A PICNIC ON THE WATER. THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM TO GET ON THE TRAIL AND SEE IT, I AM JUST VERY CONFUSED TO WHY HERSHEY WAS GOING SO FAST TO GET ON THE TRAIL?? THE REPORTS SAY ,THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME RANDY HAD BEEN SNOMOBILING AND IF HERSHEY KNEW TRAIL 15 HE OBVIOUSLY HAD BEEN ON IT BEFORE. I CANT MAKE PEACE WITH THE FACT THAT THE APPROACH TO THE TRAIL WAS SO FAST AND WAS MISSED IT SEEMS TO ME SOMTHING DRASTIC WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAPPEN, I JUST HOPE THE WHOLE STORY UNFOLDS SO THE FAMILY CAN HAVE SOME UNDERSTANDING AND MOVE ON.
guy wrote:
Too bad snomobile basics wern't followed here. When someones sled breakes down, you get the tow strap out from under the seat compartment, and tow the sled home. Even if you didn't have one you can McGiver one. Borrow some rope, use bungees, rags, etc. I would rather sit and steer a broken sled in tow than ride snuggled up with anyone. You can't go very fast when towing a sled, but it gets the job done.
Not my first rodeo!
Hope this info helps out someone someday.
BEN

Chicago, IL

#11 Jan 28, 2008
CORRECT FROM WHAT I HEARD THEY WERE ONLY IN SAYNER PUB FOR 30 MINUTES, WHO KNOW WHAT THEY DRANK DURING DINNER AND HOW MANY OTHER BARS THEY STOPPED AT BEFORE SAYNER PUB, AND YOU THINK RANDY WOULD HAVE NOT LET HIM DRIVE IF HE WAS THAT BLASTED, TOO MANY THINGS DO NOT MAKE SENSE TO ME AND I AM STRUGGLING WITH THIS ONE, I WATCHED RANDY ON WGN AND HAVE NOT FOLLOWED HIM AS OF LATELY BUT I VACATION AT PLUM LAKE EVERY YEAR AND THIS ONE REALLY HIT HOME. ALL I CAN SAY IS GOD SPEED TO RANDY AND MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN.
LOLGAL wrote:
Sayner Pub is not to blame for this accident. No one knows if Randy and his friend drank before going out for their evening ride. If they stopped at other bars along the way. These two men are adults and know that drinking and driving any type of vehicle is not the responsible thing to do. This is an awful tragedy, but no one is to blame but themselves.
Member

AOL

#12 Jan 28, 2008
Does anyone know any details about the sled they were on? Was it a rental and if so, who did they rent it from? As part of the investigation will they check the sled and look for any malfunctions or problems that may have contributed to the crash? I have heard that the sled was rented. If it was rented from the place I was told it was, then I would really look into the condition of the sled. If it's the rental place I was told, I recall several accidents over the past few years involving people riding one of their rentals, I think one crash also killed a guy.
BEN

Chicago, IL

#13 Jan 28, 2008
one report said st germain rental in eagle river thats what i read. i will try to find the article and post. I am thinking possibly somthing more happend here. if you read all the articles on teh net and talk to the people up north you get alot of the story, the part i cant figure out is why so fast to the trail it is wide open and the trail even goes up hill you dont want to hit that fast or you will end up dead. that is the part i am struggling with??? why so fast to the trail if hershey blacked out or somthing that would make sense there is a piece missing . JMO
Member wrote:
Does anyone know any details about the sled they were on? Was it a rental and if so, who did they rent it from? As part of the investigation will they check the sled and look for any malfunctions or problems that may have contributed to the crash? I have heard that the sled was rented. If it was rented from the place I was told it was, then I would really look into the condition of the sled. If it's the rental place I was told, I recall several accidents over the past few years involving people riding one of their rentals, I think one crash also killed a guy.
BEN

Chicago, IL

#14 Jan 28, 2008
i find it puzzling that 1000 snowmobilers use that trail entrance per day???? staggering huh????
also that is the first fatal accident on that trail system ever????? what are we missing??????
Member

AOL

#15 Jan 28, 2008
Well, if it was St Germain rental, I'd sure take a closelook at that sled cause thats the business I was talking about earlier. There mechanics have been know to do drugs while working on sleds. Wouldn't surprise me one bit if there was a problem with that sled. Maybe the throttle locked up, or the brakes failed, or the wear rods were worn out. If anyone knows who to contact to make sure that someone goes over the sled and checks St Germain Rentals maintenance records, please tell them or post the info here and I'll do it.
Member

AOL

#16 Jan 28, 2008
BEN wrote:
GUY YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, THEY SHOULD HAVE STUCK TO SNOWMOBILE BASICS I , IF YOU SNOWMOBILE BREAKS TOW IT AND THAT IS USUALLY A SIGN RIGHT THERE TO SLOW DOWN AND THINK ABOUT IT NOT JUST JUMP ON ANOTHER SLED AND RIPP ACROSS THE LAKE, THE THING THAT I A CONFUSED ABOUT IS THE FACT THAT THEY MISSED THE TRAIL BY 10 OR SO FEET ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS AND YOU NEVER APPROACH LAND AT A FAST RATE OF SPEED YOU ARE JUST ASKING FOR A ACCIDENT AND I AM VERY FAMILAR WITH THE ENTRANCE TO TRAIL 15 OFF OF NORTH PLUM LAKE GO HTERE EVERY SUMMER AND HAVE A PICNIC ON THE WATER. THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM TO GET ON THE TRAIL AND SEE IT, I AM JUST VERY CONFUSED TO WHY HERSHEY WAS GOING SO FAST TO GET ON THE TRAIL?? THE REPORTS SAY ,THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME RANDY HAD BEEN SNOMOBILING AND IF HERSHEY KNEW TRAIL 15 HE OBVIOUSLY HAD BEEN ON IT BEFORE. I CANT MAKE PEACE WITH THE FACT THAT THE APPROACH TO THE TRAIL WAS SO FAST AND WAS MISSED IT SEEMS TO ME SOMTHING DRASTIC WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAPPEN, I JUST HOPE THE WHOLE STORY UNFOLDS SO THE FAMILY CAN HAVE SOME UNDERSTANDING AND MOVE ON. <quoted text>
There was a crash a few years ago where a sled was flying across a lake and hit the shoreline. Of course alcohol was involved here also. Most of us are experienced riders and can not understand how these things happen. Think about the first time you rode a sled. Hell, I ran into a tree on a straightaway. Also, regardless of how much alcohol he drank, we all know that even a few drinks tends to make us a little fearless. I think there is alot of factors that need to be taken into account here. Also, let's keepinmind, the bottom line is someone was killed. Doesn't matter that he was a public figure, his family is suffering.
Ernie

Bringhurst, IN

#17 Jan 29, 2008
My prayers go to the family of this tragedy but
their is always one talking about what if without facts, Their has never been an arrest or an investigation about St.Germain Rentals and I hope
they find out who the (Member) is and sues you to shut people like you up.
Keep your negetive post to your self an let the Sherrifs office do the investigation.
Member

AOL

#18 Jan 29, 2008
So evryone knows, Ernie is a little boy, around 12 years old.
snowbunny

United States

#19 Jan 29, 2008
This is such a tragedy! One has to take their time on a snowmobile, you can't play around on sleds, they will slip away from you so quick if you don't have control of it, take your time! Randy was where he wanted to be 'snowmobiling' with his buddy, which I believe Randy would't want to see his buddy go to prison, they were buddies for a long long time. They were both at fault. If you ride a snowmobile drive safe take your time, please, what's the hurry? If you want to speed go on a race track.
flippy

Crystal Lake, IL

#20 Jan 31, 2008
I agree with previous post, they were only at Sayner Pub for a short time. Randy and two other guys met up with Scott and the others when they were just about done with dinner at the stop prior..Randy was only there long enough to throw down a cheeseburger before they went to Sayner. From all accounts, I don't think Randy's blood-alcohol will come back anywhere near his friend's. I think his inexperience with sleds led him to believe it was "no big deal" to jump on together. Who knows if he even knew the dangers of riding double on that sled? Who reads all the fine print on those rental contracts? These two guys weren't together all day, maybe Randy didn't know how drunk his fiend was?
This is truly a tragedy for both families.

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