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  • Wow many people had close calls when they were younger? This kid did not have the luck other kids had. Lets hope he learned a lesson gets punished and makes an example to other kids. I think  most teen drivers have speeded with another kid in the car just did not result in a death. I in no way defend his actions. Laws need to be tougher.

    • Anonymous

      Contradictory comment?

      • If I am I am really ok with that. My point was he made a stupid mistake should be punished but other kids make stupid mistakes with a different outcome seem to be let off too easy or let go. 

    • Guest

      most laws for children don’t change how they behave. It’s all part of the growing pains of life.

  • Anonymous

    Tragic.
    She was so young , and a good kid.

  • Anonymous

    Do the crime, Pay the time…. this should not be a “Chappaquiddick”…

    • Millicent

      how can you even compare the two? 

  • Anonymous

    It takes nearly nine (9) months to indict the driver.  The driver was at least seventeen (17) when the accident occurred.   The article does not state if Mr. Altiero is out on bail.  The prosecutor before the trial has even started says that the “sentence could be far less than the maximum”.  The article does not attempt to characterize Mr. Altiero’s record or societal status.  The article does not seem to deal with “crime and punishment” standards or provide any relevant details on the accident.  This article seems to be written as a “ho hum” piece without any real reporting.

    • Millicent

      he’s a good kid, who made a very, very serious mistake. It won’t bring his friend back, it won’t take back any suffering both families have. I’m not saying he should or shouldn’t serve time…but he comes from a good family, and he is a good kid. Not the kind of screw up that BDN usually has a story about. 

      • Anonymous

        So now our laws should take into consideration whether the defendant is a “good” person from a good family or not?

        Have you ever seen the statue that represents our justice system? What does she have over her eyes??

        • Millicent

          I didn’t say anything of the sort. My point was, is a lot of people here think that Evan is some “rich kid” out of Camden, when that is not the case. Many here are seriously trashing a good kid, who made a serious mistake that in no way can be undone. If you actually read my comment, I said “I’m not saying he should or shouldn’t serve time”. That is up to the courts to decide. 

    • Anonymous

       what do you want for free?
      BDN is what it is.
      Nothing more.
      And we love it.

      • Anonymous

        Everyone is a critic but the only way they can be so critical is if they read it. Kind of funny really. BDN laughs all the way to the bank as they should. They write what they want and we read it…good for them.

    • The actual article about the accident when it happened in june talks more about the crash. but there isn’t really that much info you need to know. he was driving recklessly just like he had been ever since he got his license and that car and had probably been told many times to drive more carefully and never gave a damn until after sadly.  that “I’m so cool” status won’t carry you forever. and it didn’t, it ended that night.  He is a highly intelligent kid with lots of commonsense. Absolutely no idea where it was that night.

  • Anonymous

    Well it’s a good thing the juvenile detention center will make him a better person…

  • Anonymous

    Whoever gave him the BMW ought to be charged too….

    • Anonymous

      Camden Hills high school is where the rich folks send their kids.
      Many of the students there drive newer or high end cars.

      • Guest

        C’mon. It’s a 14 year old vehicle that sells between 5 and 10 thousand. Newer? High end?  I suppose it depends on your perspective. 

        • Anonymous

          So, a 92 corvette can be bought for about 3 grand, but should kids be driving them?
          how about no!

          giving a kid the keys to any car like that is stupidity.

    • Anonymous

      The Z3 is a two seat rocket…a whole lot of vehicle for a then 17 year old.

    • Anonymous

      and maybe the person who gave him a license too?

  • It’s sad that they don’t discuss how the driver was a good kid, or take into account that she was his friend and he has suffered deeply from this. It’s not as if he was out to harm her.  He may have been driving too fast, but can any of us honestly say that we never drive to fast…  It is a tragic loss of a beautiful and smart young woman, but does the smart young man deserve to be punished so much more than he already has?

    • Yes.  He committed negligent manslaughter and should pay the consequences.

      Perhaps if more of these people were held accountable for their actions we would see more common sense on the road and fewer of these tragedies.

    • Anonymous

      “…but does the smart young man deserve to be punished so much more than he already has?”

      Yes he does. We have laws in this state/country for a reason. So you are suggesting we just let him go? What is he does it again? Then what do you tell that family that loses a child? He should be punished and do time, unfortunately he probably will only get his license suspended for a few months and probation.

  • Anonymous

    My heart goes out to both sets of parents. I am certain if he could take back that day he would in a heartbeat. Considering alchohol wasn’t a factor, destroying two lives seems meaningless. Unfortunately it isn’t going to bring this amazing precious girl back.  I’d like to say that I didn’t have close calls with speed as a teen, but I remember my uncle telling my father that I had rolled a tire. Meaning my car came close to being upside down. My uncle a bodyman was a smart man, and I lost my keys for a few weeks. My lesson was already learned.

    I don’t see jailing this young man at this point beneficial to society. Is he really a risk to society?

  • Anonymous

    Those of us who have teen drivers, this is our worst nightmare.  Don’t lock him up.  Have him spend the next three years traveling the state talking to teens about what he has done, how it has changed so many lives, devastated so many people, and tragically ended the life of someone he, I assume cared about.

    • If even one teen would listen (REALLY listen) and alter their driving habits – it would be worth it.  I know everyone says he needs to pay for his crime, but for all accounts (and I don’t know him personally) it sounds like he has already paid a lot having to deal with the consequences of his decisions that night.  Now, if he chose not to meet that commitment of speaking to schools, then maybe he should be locked up; but, at least give him a chance to some how make amends by trying to convince others not to make the same mistake he has done…

  • Anonymous

    If justice is truly blind and class/money has nothing to do with it
    then he will be judged equally under the law.
    BMW/Camden Hills/Rich Kid etc. not withstanding.
    I wonder how his attorney will handle this one ??

  • Anonymous

    Oh, and the roads on Rt. 73 are as smooth as glass…

  • Anonymous

    It’s kind of gross how many of these comments are making judgements based on the type of car driven and the area in which this took place.

  • Anonymous

    So sad. My heart goes out to the parents of the young girl and also to those of the young man involved.  Such a tragedy when both these young peoples lives were so full of promise and their minds full of dreams of what may come. 

  • this is the worst of the worst.. a child lost life, parents left in the wake with just memories… I hate this kind of stuff… yet………… it appears the DA , once again, are going after this driver as if he were a criminal in the worst sense.. when what he is , is a kid with lousy judgement in this instance. does anyone really believe that he criminally plotted the death of his friend ?  the DA does.. and can’t wait to put another notch in his win column… the grief that surrounds this kind of thing is enormous.. punishment enough in my book… no body gets out of this free…. nobody..just the DA and his cronies…

    • Anonymous

      I did not get that impression from the article. In fact the ADA handling the case implied that the consequence may be much less than the maximum. If the DA thought this young man was “a criminal in the worst sense” they could have attempted to have him bound-over and tried as an adult.

    • Anonymous

      Whenever someone dies at the hands of another’s reckless behavior, it is the job of the justice system to punish the offender irregardless of intent.  There need to be known consequences when someone chooses to act irresponsibly. 

    • Anonymous

      So you say we should just let him go with not even a slap on the wrist. I bet your opinion would be different if it was your child that was killed. Remember, driving is not a right, it is a privilege and with that privilege comes a great deal of responsibility.

  • This is a terrible tragedy.  And this man will serve 4 or 5 years in jail, and then get on with life.  Yet a man who gets caught peeing in the woods is put on a registry for 10 years.  So this man takes a life, but is not put on the internet for all to see.  There is something seriously wrong with the laws in this country.

    • Anonymous

      This man will not serve 4 to 5 years in jail. He willprobably get 1 year and then there will probably be a 1 year suspended sentence.

  • Anonymous

    leaningRight 16 hours ago
    Whoever gave him the BMW ought to be charged too….  seriously? and what about the person who gave him a license? who taught him how to drive? get real..he alone is accountable for his actions

     

  • Anonymous

    leaningRight 16 hours ago
    Whoever gave him the BMW ought to be charged too….  seriously? and what about the person who gave him a license? who taught him how to drive? get real..he alone is accountable for his actions

     

  • ” Whenever someone dies at the hands of another’s reckless behavior, it is
    the job of the justice system to punish the offender irregardless of
    intent. There need to be known consequences when someone chooses to act
    irresponsibly.” ROCKYSIN. Hes is a good kid I’ve always liked him but that’s beside the point, he took a young ladies life which is completely unacceptable and should have to deal with the consequences. He was being reckless, stupid and ignorant to the fact that there was pretty much a 90 degree turn coming up. Who gave him the vehicle? The license? Taught him how to drive? Seriously he was a 17 year old man and is fully accountable for his actions, no one else.

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