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  • Tom

    I hope the families of the victims are able to get justice for their loved ones who were taken at such a young age. The defendant, if found guilty, should devote her life – after a lengthy prison sentence – to educating other young people on the dangers of driving while intoxicated…and texting…and speeding.

    • Anonymous

      This is sad for all involved.  Yes, lets hope this serves as a lesson to others.  Yet I’m not expecting it to.  Look at all the mayhem alcohol and driving has caused over the last 100 years and yet people such as this young woman continue to drink and drive.

      • Anonymous

        You didn’t hear of this as often when the state ran the liquor stores. Come to think of it there were no cell phones either. Ain’t technology just great .

    • Anonymous

      I agree that she should pay the piper if guilty of what she is charged with.  I don’t agree with with a lengthy sentence though.  Don’t get me wrong as jail time is a given, as it should be. I do agree she should have to educate or shall I say try to educate other young adults about the dangers and consequences of their wrongful actions that can happen in an instant. No matter how much education is given, or how much preaching you do not everyone is going to take head and change what they are doing wrong. This is a given. Look at the so called adults who have done the same and have either suffered the same consequences or luckily have arrived to their destinations safely. There will always be the ones that think nothing will ever happen to them. This is where I feel drastic changes need to be made with the first offenses, even if they are just small infractions. 

      I feel very sorry for the family and friends of the deceased who were wrongfully taken from them, especially at such an early age with their lives full of great potential. This truly is unfair. The question is do you really get justice? Yes she will pay for her actions and her role in the part, but the other side is they were probably all drinking as well, which obviously is wrong as well. We need to educate our children about getting in to cars with people that have been drinking even it if is only one beer. We need to reach out to our children and acknowledge that no child is perfect and make them feel safe calling home. I know I would rather have a call from my child saying they were drinking and needed a ride vs not calling and leaving with whom ever.  This young girl has a long road to plow. This stupid act of what ever you want to call it will be with her for the rest of her life. She will wake up with the nightmare and go to sleep with the nightmare. I hope she is some how able to deal with what she has done and make something positive come out of this. Two families were change in an instant, but we must remember her life as she knew it was changed as well. I also hope this changes her in the aspect that she will never again do the same things while driving when and if she gets her license back.

      RIP you two beautiful angels. Soar high with the eagles. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m lost.  Why the charge of leaving the scene of an accident?  The original article about the accident said that she was there, seriously injured.

  • Anonymous

    One night of fun can cause a lifetime of misery.

  • Anonymous

    she deserves a long sentence 

  • Anonymous

    Such a sad situation for all involved.  Although she was the driver and ultimately her actions seemed to have caused the crash, lets not forget to remind our children to never be a passenger in a vehicle with someone who has been drinking, is texting and/or speeding.  So many of these terrible accidents could be avoided.  I can only hope that I can help my two young boys make good decisions in their lives.   

  •  Dear BDN,   
                  Your use of headlines that are misleading and out of context is journalistically irresponsible.

    Yours truly,
    Concerned reader

    • Anonymous

       How so? Seems pretty straight forward to me.

      •  because they are playing up the whole texting portion of this. those kids are not dead because she was texting while driving. they are dead because she was drinking…..AND speeding……AND texting while driving. Had she been ONLY texting, like the title makes you believe then most likely these two kids would still be alive The BDN decided to focus on the LEST dangerous thing she was doing instead of the most dangerous thing she was doing.

        • Anonymous

           They’re all dangerous. I don’t think that texting is any less dangerous than drunk driving. We are dealing with a case locally where a young woman – stone sober – was texting and nailed a lady who was out walking her dog. I suspect you have no idea how dangerous texting actually is.

          As a side note, when will online spell check get with the times and stop red underlining the word ‘texting’?

          • I know how dangerous it is but drinking and driving is worst. And the article is way more focused on it then it should be. It should be focused on ALL three.    

            on a side note: I know right. Really annoying!

          •  It’s just a headline kid…get over it!

        • Anonymous

           I’m actually inclined to think that texting is MORE dangerous in many cases… If the driver is looking at the phone, they don’t see the yellow line they are crossing, or more importantly they don’t see ME.  If they are speeding, they have a chance to react.  If I’m fuzzy, it will at least register in their brain and they may try to react.  If they don’t see me then there is no reaction at all except steel on steel.  I put 500-1000 miles on my car every week and you wouldn’t believe the number of drivers with their head down looking at the phone.

          •  i disagree. How many fatal accidents have been caused in the last year by texting and how many be Drunk Driving? ill tell you DD deaths in 2009 over 10,000. Texting while driving 5,400. i rest my case.

            I’m not saying its not an issue but it should not be the focus of this article. 

            ( i used 2009 only cause it was the most recent year i could find statistics on both and im sure in 2011 those numbers are closer but i bet DD wins every time.)

            There is an easy solution to this problem anyway…..Detroit just needs to design a self driven car then we can do whatever we want while in the car……kidding…mostly.

          • Anonymous

            Yes drinking and driving is a disaster waiting to happen. You must remember though the stats are for known related deaths in each area. However you must also take into consideration how many were not reported as the key in the death. How many accidents rather be car to car, driving off the road, hitting something, or forcing others off the road and so forth that does not relate to death do each of these also cause. The stats may surprise you, I am thinking texting would be the top one because for one, you would not admit you were texting which would be hard to prove unless when ever a bender occurs we search all Cell phones. Then you get towed or on your way and poof happens again just a little while longer. Atleast with alcohol they are of the road for the remainder of the day, and it is easy to prove and see by an officer.  Either way their is enough evidence to prove that these are unsafe things to be doing yet, this still does not stop people from doing it!

        • Anonymous

           texting while driving has been shown in studies to be MORE dangerous than drinking and driving…..because you take your eyes off the road. To read an incoming text takes between 5 and 9 seconds….add speeding to that and being drunk and you come up with a VERY deadly combination.    Maine should go hands free……PERIOD !

          • Texting is by far and away the worse. Those 5-9 seconds at 60-mph translate into 440-792 feet driven without your eyes on the road.  Take your teenage driver, (and EVERY single driver ed. program everywhere should be doing this) walk onto the endzone of the local football field and stand under the uprights. Explain to them, that while their reading or texting on their cellphone, at 60-mph (88-fps) the car has traveled between one and a half to two and a half times the distance to the other ends goal post, at 45-mph (66-fps) it has traveled  one to two times the distance to the other goal post; even at 25-mph (36+fps) the vehicle has traveled 60-100 yards. Putting the distance in visual, real world terms, may (and I did say may) make an impact on the young (and some old) drivers and drivers-to-be. 

      • Anonymous

        I disagree.  Texting is very dangerous.  I have seen many teens and adults texting while driving and they are completely oblivious to traffic. 

      • Anonymous

        Sorry, this was for “Ricko”.

  • Guest

    I think we need a dollar a bottle of beer tax, to cover the cost of housing criminals who are jailed for crimes commited while drinking.

    • Anonymous

      All that would accomplish would be more taxes to pay.

  • Anyone care to guess how many will die in the month of May while intoxicated and/or texting while driving. I’ll say at least 4.

    • Anonymous

      That would be 4 too many.

  • Anonymous

    So sorry for the senseless loss of young lives. If you think texting and driving isn’t dangerous, please watch the “It Can Wait” video.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunate all around.

  • Guest

    I TURNED TWENTY ONE IN PRISON DOING LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE!

  • Anonymous

    This is NOT an age thing, its a technology thing.  We all need to take an active role in ending texting while driving.  If you see someone on thier phone, obviously texting, honk your horn, give them the finger, let them know that what they are doing is WRONG and it could cost theirs or someone else’ life.  I dont believe giving the police the added role of phone babysitter will ever help and only fines after the fact of an accident or a tragic death such as these will send a message.  Long prison terms are necessary for any type of obstructed driving and that includes drinking.  An automobile is a weapon and the courts should treat it as such.

  • Anonymous

    She needs to go to prison for a very long time.

    She was driving drunk, speeding, and texting, there is no fathomable excuse for her actions.

  • I’m thinking the mug shot should show at least a LITTLE remorse.

  • Anonymous

    If she is otherwise a good kid (i.e. no criminal record), then jail time should be minimal. But there should be a very prolonged period of probation so that even one alcohol related offense will send her to jail. I feel very badly for the families of the deceased. There is no real justice for a life lost unless it could be restored which is simply is not possible. She made some very bad decisions in a very short period of time, all of which are likely related to her drinking.

    As others have pointed out, she will live with this nightmare for her entire life. It will haunt her every moment. I truly hope her family has helped get some professional help, because sooner or later, she is really going to need it. If alcohol is a problem in her lifve, now would be the best time to deal with that. 

    I think a plea deal involving community service, trying to educate young people that it can happen to them, would better serve the community, than a jail sentence. 

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