September 26, 2017
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  • Anonymous

    So sad, RIP little one 

  • JBG

    Beautiful, beautiful baby girl may you find peace in the arms of your guardian angel.  My prayers go out to the family, may peace find you. 

  • Anonymous

    So, we can’t retire until we’re 67 plus years old, but pull our license at 65.  We’re expected to work as we age, but not allowed to drive. hmm.  This accident may have had nothing to do with age……we don’t know.  Very unfortunate for both families.

  • Anonymous

    Are you friggen kidding me?!  Taking a license away at 65-70.  Come on have some common sense.  Oh but you’ll allow a 16 year old texting teenager behind a wheel.  My mother is 65 and drives very well thank you.  Don’t you think this man feels bad enough.  My heart goes out to this family.  May you rest in peace little one.

  •  Non, you’re the only one who thinks that.  I think that the accident could have been ANYONE, including you, who hit that van.  We all get distracted on the road, from animals, to the radio, to cell phones.  Pulling someones license wouldn’t have changed the outcome, that man might have been driving w/o a license if it had been pulled.  I’m very sorry for the family’s loss. 

    • Anonymous

      Very well said.  That’s why they call it an accident. 

  • Anonymous

    My son was in a head-on collision with an elderly lady that was having mini-strokes. Why wasn’t  her license pulled. After age 70 people should have to pass yearly physical examinations and if there is anything going on with them the license should be taken. RIP beautiful baby girl.

    • Anonymous

      and,pass  yearly driving tests from age 16-25…

  • Anonymous

    I guess than that you must think that no one under 20 should be driving either…as many of the accidents of late have been the outcome of teen drivers.  So all drivers should be between the ages of 20 and 65 — O.K.

  • Anonymous

    I very strongly disagree with you.  I think people should perform periodical tests to prove they are still capable of safe driving.  I have an 85 year old father who is a super driver with surprisingly incredible reflexes, whereas my grandmother needed to be off the road by the time she was 60.  

    • Well said. I think every couple years. Eye prescriptions change and things change. And it should be a more common concern for the doctor’s as they get even older. Young kids have to have physicals with their docs to do sports to make sure they are safe to do,etc.. a “screening test” and mini road test would be perfect. BUT knowing the government and their budgets they’d have to charge and that isn’t fair esp. to the ones tat pass with flying colors

  • WOW.  It went from a mini-van to a smart car!  So sad and my condolences to the family and this poor man who I’m sure feels about as small as that little girl.  

  • Anonymous

    Yup, you’re the only one.

  • Anonymous

    My Dad gave me the keys to his car voluntarily at 78 years of age. He drove very well until he got ill (prostate cancer) and that made him decide to stop driving.

    • Anonymous

      As did my mom frosty and good for us but I say age does not matter ability does and everyone ages differently. Just a note I see a lot of middle age drivers who are far less better drivers than our parents were and they are probably the ones on here screaming the loudest for pulling licenses due to age. Licenses should be pulled on an individuals ability not age. As our parents age it is up to us to discuss with them if we feel they are unsafe driving and they will usually understand it and concede on their own, if not then recourse must be taken. On any given day out and about I see bad drivers from 16-90 so age is not the real problem distraction is.

  • Anonymous

     I’ve no idea how old you are but why don’t you get back to us on this proposal when you turn 60.  It would be interesting to see if you’ve changed that attitude.

  • Anonymous

    My mother will be 69 this year and I would much rather drive with her then my 19 year old son – just saying.

  • Guest

    So, is there a switch programmed in everyone of us that deems us useless at 65?
    “Out to pasture, you!” Probably tests after 70 or so; we all age differently. There is no switch.Maybe you should watch “Logan’s Run” to see how that works.

  • Anonymous

    So sad for the families of all involved. As reported on the radio here in the County there was a visibility problem because of blowing dust. I’m sure Mr Cullins feels horrible, it was a very tragic accident. Blessed Be little one fly free…

    • Anonymous

      if the visibility was that bad wouldn’t that warrant slowing down? If one doesn’t slow down in bad conditions is that reckless driving?

      • Anonymous

        People dont slow down on the Caribou rd when there is a snow storm  some dust wont slow them down either.

        • Anonymous

          I agree. Perhaps the police should patrol it more.

  • Anonymous

    Angie:

    We all age at different rates and ways.  Some age mentally with slowed reaction times.  Some age physically with limited ability to respond to stimuli presented to us by our surroundings.

    On the other hand, many retain their full mental and physical capability well past your suggested limit of 65!

    I am 78 years old.  Over many years I have acquired a collection of sports cars and I will put my driving ability in one of my Ferraris or BMWs up for comparison with anyone other than a  race driver!  And no I do not drive like a race driver on a public road!

    The accident scenario that resulted in the little girl’s death is a bad one.  A car traveling at 60 MPH is moving at 88 Feet per second.  A stopped vehicle in the traffic lane is a very dangerous situation. A distraction of 1-2 seconds by an approaching driver coupled with the best reaction time (about 0.35  seconds) can mean the kind of disaster that occurred here.

    The only thing that will prevent this kind of accident is to keep your eyes on the road and drive with your focus way out in front of your car.  If you do not know this, you are an unsafe driver at any age!

    • Anonymous

      May I add 1 more to your advice and that is stop following each other so close regardless of any one’s age as the best way to increase stopping distance is to allow extra distance to stop…..I think that everyone who drives between 16-90 all just need to pay attention to the drive and leave all the distractions put away. Everyone who drives today are part of the problem of doing too many things while driving and those lost seconds mean the difference between home for supper or never home again. Driving a car is equivalent to taking a ride on an exploding bullet but if your on top of the game you can control the car but a bullet takes you where it is aimed…..So my condolences to all involved and let this little angel teach us all that a little more attention from all of us who drive could save another beautiful baby becoming an angel too. Slow down, pay attention and remember the life you save could be your loved one.

      • Anonymous

        Amen!

      • Anonymous

        I 100% agree!

      • Anonymous

        Excellent comment but…………..how long will it take….while you are maintaining a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you…..for some nitwit to pass you and immediately fill in your “safe distance” space?

        Interstate 95 is the worst travel corridor of all, swelling with hoards of nitwits who constantly fill your “safe distance” space.  If another genius is riding your bumper and nitwit has just filled in your “safe distance” in your front, then you’re forced to drive the  speed of the traffic in the driving lane and you have lost your safe distance in your front. 

        And, one more thing. When the King of nitwits decides to drive in the passing lane, then you’re totally boxed in. Genius is riding a half car length behind you, nitwit just filled your safe distance in your front and too many King nitwits are driving in the passing lane. All you can do is sit back and enjoy the constant illumination of brake lights, in their steady monotony of going off and on.

    • Anonymous

      There are also some truckers that will climb up on your bumper while they’re doing 70-75 mph on route one. I live on route one and have almost been rear ended at least 8 or 9 times trying to pull into my driveway. I use directionals but they’re useless if they don’t pay attention to them! So sorry about this little girl.  Her life was cut way too short, may she fly with the angels and watch down on her family.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed.  Your call for attentive driving is completely justified.  A three second glance to the side of the road may result in disaster!

  •  I dont think they should “Pull licenses” when you hit 65-70. I do however agree that every year after 60, people should have to take road tests to make sure they’re okay to be on the roads.

  • Anonymous

    Jumping to coclusions…….are we??????????????

  • Anonymous

    this is terribly sad. It breaks my heart to say by the look of the van it would not have mattered if she was in the best car seat on the market. Unfortunately car seats and seat belts can only do so much. Prayers for the little girls family during this difficult time.

  • Anonymous

    Wait untill then and give yours up.

  • Anonymous

    Ummmm what point of asking that question. You saw the van I dont think a car seat would have made a difference.

  • Anonymous

    Its is a flat stretch of road with plenty of visability. No there will be no turning lane installed. The Craig rd is a little used Rd. About all the saftey measures that can be taken is the people that drive the Caribou road need to slow down and pay attention. A lot of people have been rear ended on the Caribou rd. some killed or badly injured and they were pulled over in the break down lane. Not only people who need to turn left onto the Craig Rd. are in danger People who need to turn into their driveways from the Caribou Rd. risk their lives doing so. Slow down people and pay attention.

    • Anonymous

      people pass me on that road when I am going the speed limit all the time.

  • kam

    i was wondering the same thing until i saw the photo. properly restrained in the best seat on the market may or may not have helped. one will never know for sure unless it does get disclosed she was. since she was 4 it is possible she was just in a booster seat opposed to properly restrained in a harnessed seat. after this, i am definitely rethinking my choices on how my boys are restrained and will be putting my 4yr old back in his harnessed carseat as to his new booster seat we just got, and my 6yr old in a highback booster.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, I never ever post on these things but some of the judge and jurors on here are driving me crazy with their opinions. Nobody on here knows why the accident happened. But it was an accident!!! That man didn’t mean to hit anyone.You can have an accident at any age.  Let the police do the investigation and you can go watch CSI. Did the Mom have her daughter in a car seat? What kind of comment is that?! It wouldn’t have mattered by the looks of the van but I can tell you she was in a seat. And the family of that little girl doesn’t need to read or hear about the negative comments that are posted on here. It could have been your family in the van or driving the truck. How would you feel seeing all the negative and finger pointing comments? 

    • Anonymous

      Very well said! There are very many factors that can lead to an accident. That is why it is called an ACCIDENT. Most of us will never know what happened, but are quick to jump to conclusions. I feel bad for both families.

    • Anonymous

      There is a certain crowd of BDN commenters who are always looking for a villain in almost any and every article. It’s just a matter of 5 to 10 minutes and they lay the blame at the feet of  political parties, law enforcement officers, old people, 1 percenters, 99 percenters, Jesus freaks…..and on and on. The tragic death of a 4 year old has forced you to engage on the comment section because of the judge and jurors with their crazy opinions.

      Your comment is thoughtful and logical.  If, in the future, some other story compels you to comment on the other finger pointing comments, always keep in mind that the “always looking for a villain” trolls are up early and ever vigilant in their pursuit of  the real villain in the story…which will always be subjective in their world.  

  • Anonymous

    Since they didn’t say she wasn’t, I would guess she was. They are pretty quick to say when proper devices aren’t being used.

    Looking at the picture of the van, I don’t think it would have mattered either way.

  • Anonymous

    I was at the accident and performed CPR on this poor kid. To answer some of your questions here. Yes the child was in a booster seat. A vehicle going 55-60 mph running into the rear end of a car where the child was sitting caused too much damage for the seat to help protect here. There was some road work being done to scrape the shoulder of the road to prepare for resurfacing. That road work caused the alot of dust to cross the road. On the other side of the road there is a parking lot that is all dirt as well. It was very windy and I am sure these played a factor in this accident. I have 3 girls of my own and seeing this poor child in the state she was in has made me more aware as a driver. This ederly gentleman to me didn’t look 73 he looked more like early 60’s. He wasn’t some hobblying old man. I feel so bad for the parents especially the mother who was injured pretty bad herself. She didn’t stop holding her child or talking to her even with her own injuries. I hope no one ever has to go thru what this mother went thru. I hope I never see anything like this ever again as it is just pure heart wrenching and very hard to try and forget.

    • kam

      k68, i am so sorry you had to endure that horrible scene. you tried your best and im sure the mother is very thankful for your help and generosity. i cannot imagine what was going through anyone’s minds that worked that scene. although it was horrible enough as it was, i am thankful it wasnt a van full of children and also thankful there wasnt a semi-truck coming north or another vehicle in the opposite lane too close to avoid a head-on collision as well as it could have been much worse than it was.

  • Anonymous

    why stop in middle of road to make a turn

    • kam

      do you ever make left hand turns into places other than intersections that have stop signs and stop lights? what kind of comment is that? i had a very dear friend killed in march 2005 on that stretch of road. he was getting ready to turn into his job site at the christian center and a log truck went around some buses and did not see my friend’s car waiting to turn and smashed into him. its called “driving” we all need to be aware of what’s in front of us. but they do call them accidents for a reason, because some things just happen and are unavoidable. God is always in control and as cautious as one may be, HE has the final say in the outcome of things. for some reaon God just felt like calling this little girl home that day.

  • Anonymous

    I passed this accident on my way home from my dads funeral. I knew it was deadly when I saw the van. I cant stop thinking about this and the little one that died, and her mom. This had to be the worst thing that ever happened to her. We would like to send some flowers up for the funeral. If anyone knows details of when and where that might be, please share. My heart aches for them. wish I could’ve been 2 minutes quicker on the road and somehow found a way to warn the driver to slow down. My prayers for all involved. :(

  • kam

    BDN, you should have shown the picture of the second vehicle instead of the one the sweet angel was in. If I were this mother I know I dont think I would like this picture posted.

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