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Man Dies After Being Pinned by Friend's Car

Posted February 19, 2007

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— Horseplay behind the wheel left one man dead and his friend facing charges, police said Monday.

James Howell Jr. and James Holder were joking around outside a Barden Street apartment complex Sunday, when Howell stepped in front of Holder's car, Princeton Police Chief Ed Lewis said. Holder stepped on the gas and the brake at the same time, but his foot slipped off the brake pedal, Lewis said.

The car raced forward and pinned Howell against the apartment building, Lewis said.

Howell was airlifted to Duke University Hospital with extensive internal injuries, and he died at the hospital.

Holder will face a minimum charge of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, Lewis said.
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  • smoothtip99 Feb 20, 2007

    This is a funny story.

  • nursevb8 Feb 20, 2007

    Adults are not always responsible. This was a terrible accident while 2 friends were playing around. He should not go to jail, he will have his punishment just knowing and living with what he has done. doughboy, you're an ass.

  • Toni Feb 20, 2007

    very very sad. nobody comes out okay.

  • islandgirl Feb 20, 2007

    My prayers and heart goes out to both families, it was an accident, and that is a terrible thing to live with knowing you killed someone who was close to you because of an accident....

  • Lightfoot Feb 20, 2007

    5511,
    Carsteph81 made a perfectly valid and logical statement. The fact that you can look back does NOT mean that you haven’t done anything in which you could have gotten hurt. For example, let’s say you’ve ran three stop signs from the lack of good judgment. You COULD HAVE gotten hurt had another car been crossing the intersection at the same time. There’s also the possibility of getting hurt, and still looking back. And not looking back because you did get hurt (i.e. dead). All logically valid.

    Praying that James Howell be resurrected from the dead.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Feb 20, 2007

    Funny how people say the most ignorant things now that they are hiding behind these screen names. My prayers go out to the family.

  • Fence Straddler Feb 20, 2007

    It's unfortunate for the loss of life. We all need to be careful when playing pranks as adults (accidents happen).

    My sympathy to the families involved.

  • Thomas Jefferson Feb 19, 2007

    What's up with Driver Ed in this state?

  • mom2threecld Feb 19, 2007

    doughboy and psychobabble, the 2 of you must be just cruel. i suppose you think nothing could ever happen to yourself or someone you love. sometimes people get caught up playing around and have piss poor judgement, but that doesn't make them an idiot, however, having time to ponder and make educated statements and still being cruel and sounding like a dumbass makes you sound like an idiot

  • gratefultoGOD Feb 19, 2007

    mY PRAYERS TO THE FAMILIES.. AND ALSO prayers (TO THE SELFISH, MINDLESS, IDIOTS THAT OBVIOUSLY DO NOT HAVE A LIFE.. AND WRITE MINDLESS, HEARTLESS COMMENTS HERE ALL DAY!) get a life!!!!
    i AM CHANGING WEB PAGES TO DAY.. BECAUSE OF THE TRASH THIS ONE ATTRACTS!

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