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Old 12-28-07, 01:48 PM   #1
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Man texting while driving kills boy on bicycle

I hate to post this; I really do. A 13-year old boy was killed yesterday while riding his bicycle in Massachusetts. The accused is a 31-year-old man who had been driving his SUV and texting on his cell phone when he hit what he says he thought was 'a mailbox'.

Just terrible. When will drivers learn that cell phone use while driving is a poor idea with consistently tragic consequences?

http://www.boston.com/news/local/bre...xting_whi.html

http://www.boston.com/news/local/art...n_hit_and_run/

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Old 12-28-07, 02:00 PM   #2
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terrible....terrible.
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Old 12-28-07, 02:25 PM   #3
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I hope there is a special place in hell for this man.
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Old 12-28-07, 02:29 PM   #4
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if he has a concience; he's in hell already.............
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He thought he hit a mailbox? I've never seen a mailbox ride a bike before (and no, this doesn't mean I want to see some obscure youtube video of an idiot in a mailbox suit riding a bike).

Hit and run....hopefully he'll will do some time for that. Cedar Junction awaits, if there's any justice.
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This is the same way sydney passed away. This sucks!!!!
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Talking on a cell while driving is a BAD idea, texting while driving is a hundred times worse! sydney was struck and killed Thanksgiving 2005 by a teen trying to text while driving. Sadly, the message hasn't reach enough ears yet.
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Old 12-28-07, 02:35 PM   #8
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Among all of the other things

"driving without a licence"

No-one seems to be questioning the matter of factness with which he not only killed a boy but did it while having no right to be on the road.

And for this - $5,000 bail.
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Old 12-28-07, 02:38 PM   #9
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And for this - $5,000 bail.
Being in Mass, I'm surprised he didn't walk on personal recognizance. The judges in this state tend to be peculiar, if not downright infuriating.
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Old 12-28-07, 02:45 PM   #10
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Not the first time this has happened. Wasn't Sydney (a frequent poster in this forum) killed by a teenager who was texting while driving?
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Old 12-28-07, 02:58 PM   #11
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Did anyone catch the story of the young girl killed on her Christmas bike on Christmas day? people need to slow down espicially in residential neighborhoods
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Old 12-28-07, 03:03 PM   #12
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A while ago I saw a woman talking on the cell-phone, with a dog on her lap barking out the window.
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Old 12-28-07, 03:18 PM   #13
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the driver has the majority of the fault
but what the hell are the kids doing walking near the street at 12:30 am.
drivers that are up n about around then are more ignorant than during the day.
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Old 12-28-07, 04:35 PM   #14
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It always amazes me that if you walk up to someone in the street and stab them to death you'll be doing major jail time; BUT if you run them over while driving a car all you get is a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket.
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It always amazes me that if you walk up to someone in the street and stab them to death you'll be doing major jail time; BUT if you run them over while driving a car all you get is a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket.
There's a difference. Stabbing is intentional, unintentionally running people over with a car while on cell phone is pure stupidity. Still, society places way too much leniency on stupidity when it's just as dangerous as the guy stabbing another person in the street.

"Oops, I accidently crushed and killed you with *insert your choice of murder weapon besides guns and knives*, I should be able to go free the next day."
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Damn kids always riding their damn bicycles on the road where they don't belong. I demand that all bikes be moved to the sidewalks, Hell, the TdF should be a rolemodel and race on the sidewalks.
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In Washington (state) they can now ticket you for texting while driving. Seems like it should be done already, but most places don't at this time.
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Damn kids always riding their damn bicycles on the road where they don't belong. I demand that all bikes be moved to the sidewalks, Hell, the TdF should be a rolemodel and race on the sidewalks.
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Why can't you jackass roadies ride your bikes on the sidewalk and get off the road.
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13-year old killed by texting SUV driver

This is posted over at the Road Cyling forum. Kind of makes you sick.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/bre...xting_whi.html
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Old 12-28-07, 05:52 PM   #21
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He should goto jail for the rest of his life.
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He will get off without serving a day of jail time. I'll be surprised if he pays over $1000 in fines.
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In Washington (state) they can now ticket you for texting while driving. Seems like it should be done already, but most places don't at this time.
A similar California law goes into effect next year. I hope it makes a difference.
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Now you can do something.

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The perp cager was driving without a license, he kills someone, and they release him with $5000 bond? Please someone park a patrol car near his house to bust him when he drives again!
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