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ehart Jun 18, 6:17 p.m.
passport423 you and I are thinking the same thing. Unlike her Hollywood look alike, she needs to learn the consequences of her actions.
nzingasukidi Jun 18, 4:14 p.m.
Here is the schedule in loving memory of Tshipangila Bajani Junior
Friday 22nd from 6:00PM to 8:00PM ==> Viewing at Benson Memorial Methodist Church, 4706 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612
Saturday 23rd from:8:00AM to 9:30AM ==>Viewing at Benson Memorial Methodist Church, 4706 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612
9:30AM to 12:00PM
12:00PM ==>Burial at Mount Hope Cemetery 120 Prospect Ave Raleigh, NC 27603
For the Bajani's Family
Sumo Vita Jun 18, 3:50 p.m.
I'd like to know how she came to be in the possession of an '07 Acura TSX at age 23. Short of being a lottery winner, that points to her either being spoiled by doting parents or having wildly out of control finances.
carolinaflyboy72 Jun 18, 11:32 a.m.
Instead of this girl, what if the offender had been a middle-aged, overweight, balding, alcoholic man who was behind the wheel. Would you still be saying, "oh he was scared, that's all. I wish I could help that poor man"?? Or what if the roles had been reversed and the man who was killed was actually driving the wrong way drunk and killed this young woman and then tried to flee? Would your comments be the same then, too?
jmf1073 4.0 Jun 15, 7:50 p.m.
How would you feel if you were in prison?
Diamond2010 Jun 15, 7:31 p.m.
WOW...she's scared and needs comforting during this difficult time...how the family who lost their love one due to her careless actions who need someone to comfort them??
She's scared and needs comforting during this difficult time.
jmf1073 4.0 Jun 15, 7:14 p.m.
She's scared and needs comforting during this difficult time.
DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 15, 6:49 p.m.
jmf1073 - "I wish I could help her out."
Help her with what? With trying to replace the life of the man whose life she took?
samr Jun 15, 6:16 p.m.
I wish I could help her out.
How about helping his family out? She is obviously a troubled young woman but your sympathy is very misplaced.
quikdraw2 Jun 15, 6:11 p.m.
My hope is that she does get some prison time. I do not think that there is any other way to pay back a little piece of what she has done.
jmf1073 4.0 Jun 15, 5:52 p.m.
I wish I could help her out.
demwit Jun 15, 5:36 p.m.
It wouldn't surprise me if the charge of felony death by vehicle is replaced by 2nd Degree Murder -- this was done to the son/daughter of a friend of mine who got 7--12 years in a plea agreement. 2nd Degree Murder is a Class B2 felony, and the punishment for someone with no previous felony points can be broad: from ~8 -- 16 years, or with a couple of felony points, it can be from ~9 -- 19 years. The wide range of "from -- to" has to do with whether the charge is judged to be "mitigating, presumptive, or aggravated." Let's wait & see what happens here.
tootiefrootie Jun 15, 5:24 p.m.
Hope her parents leave her there, she needs to sober up and dry out.
gnewsome1 Jun 15, 4:44 p.m.
"So is it possible to say part of the reason for his death has to do with what car he was driving". No, he is dead because she was drunk, driving and doing so on a four lane divided highway in the wrong direction. He is dead because she totally ignored the law and because she killed him.
JAT Jun 15, 4:36 p.m.
pooodaddy - really? not bashing you but really????? Why don't you just say if the innocent person who was doing nothing wrong had been home, it wouldn't have mattered if she was driving drunk the wrong way down the interstate.
Old Hob Jun 15, 4:11 p.m.
...and when you kill someone,...cause you drivin drunk, this is whatchsay... "soooooory for party rockin'"
Conservative Jun 15, 3:53 p.m.
poodaddy - you have conveniently forgotten to consider Junior's right to be safe on the road irrespective of whether he is walking (on the sidewalk), riding a bicycle following the appropriate rules, or driving a Smartcar. So, according to you all of us have to run out and get Humvees, otherwise, we deserve what we get, is that correct?
Glass Half Full Jun 15, 3:27 p.m.
This is not this young woman's first rodeo. She's got drug charges pending from another incident apparently. Sounds like someone who has never really grown up. Now, hopefully, she will be forced to grow up and take responsibility for her actions. I can't feel sorry for her crying while apparently looking to her family to get her out of the mess she got herself into.
pooodaddy Jun 15, 3:14 p.m.
Just playing devils advocate here: If Junior was in a big SUV he possibly would be walking around today and everyone would just be rolling their eyes at Sarah. So is it possible to say part of the reason for his death has to do with what car he was driving? I only bring this up due to the differential of car sizes on the road today. 3.2.1. go ahead and bash me but I'm just bringing fuel for thought on this matter. I think this is terrible and she should be dealt with accordingly.
mike275132 Jun 15, 3:12 p.m.
Smile You're on WRAL !
And for those who get a DUI- You get 12 pts. on your License and your insurance company will drop you !
JAT Jun 15, 3:11 p.m.
cutlOO- all laws are bogus in some way since they depend on people to obey them, people who think they are above the law or invincible. The gov't doesn't "enforce" all those things you listed - it tries, but until we start punishing people and making them take responsibility for their actions, there will always be widespread ignoring of rules and laws. It's really sad - people drink and think they are safe to drive. How could this girl REALLY think she was safe to drive when she didn't even know she was driving in the right direction? Don't they see that that alcohol they drink really does impair their judgment? She should have to live with a photo of the man's dead body for the rest of her life. She should have to wear a shirt with his photo on it. But she won't. She'll either get off or go to jail for a short time and get out, only to still break the law.
dugmeister Jun 15, 3:09 p.m.
@ cutl00senc - You are spot on with your assessment regarding the ignition - in some State's it is mandatory in order to drive after DWI offense(s). It would solve the problem - but nobody REALLY wants to solve the problem because of all the money that gets funneled to govt coffers in fines, reinstatement fees, rehab centers, etc.
cutl00senc Jun 15, 3:03 p.m.
This is undenialable proof that the DWI laws we have are bogus...just a large net to catch lots of small fish when most of the really bad drivers are few and far between. I've been a bartender for yrs and theres just not enough fear of the penalties of DWI to keep people from over indulging themselves and then driving a car. If the government can force automakers to install airbags, seat belts, 5mph bumpers, etc...then they can force them to install breath analyzers linked to the ignition switches....and maybe we can all rest a bit easier on the highways. Ah...but the laws are made by lawyers...and the lawyers are raking in the dough on DWI cases....So...I doubt we will see much drastic change in cases like these...too much money to lose to make our roads safer.
twatts1000 Jun 15, 2:56 p.m.
Throw away the key...
DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 15, 2:53 p.m.
Hit/run drivers or those who try to run from the cops should just be taken out of the car, once stopped, and shot right there on the side of the road because, in the case of a hit/run, they left someone lying in the road like it was no more than a possum they hit, and in the case of car chases, they selfishly and stupidly endangered innocents while they ran.
And yes, I mean this. Enough of molly-coddling those who choose to endanger others.
Huey Jun 15, 2:48 p.m.
I agree with those saying NC has a record on being very easy on drunk driving and death by vehicle. And justice is not blind so she, being cute and young, will get a reduced sentence. Life an't fair and those running this state do all they can to see that it stays that way when it comes to the rights of those citizens who obey the laws. I hear the DUI laws over in Europe are something our lawmakers should read about and maybe copy. But I sure won't hold my breath.
airbornemonty Jun 15, 2:44 p.m.
If you think that she is cute, wait until you smell her breath, a mixture of alcohol and vomit, then tell us how cute she looks to you.
ASU Jun 15, 2:37 p.m.
Wral why don't you give credit to the officers
sprice7 Jun 15, 2:36 p.m.
Worst case, I bet she will only do a few months, then get probation for several years.
Six String Jun 15, 2:31 p.m.
""She did not try to flee she was scared. thete is a difference that is what's wrong the crooked police and prosecutors "
These comments represent what America has become.--artist"
I don't think I agree with that. We've always had people who are irretrievably stupid in this country.
carolinablueline Jun 15, 2:28 p.m.
Under fairly new law the state can seize the car, and sell it, that was used in felony fleeing to elude (or fleeing because she was scared she was going to be arrested for what she had just done). I hope that happens along with some real jail time.
Sad to see young people make mistakes that carry such consequences, but there needs to be some deterrent other than probation.
concerncitizen Jun 15, 2:27 p.m.
We don't have tough laws against murdering someone with a car. Just get ready for less punishment than most might expect. This is not the first time for this type of crime in North Carolina...
cantstandgoloanymore Jun 15, 2:06 p.m.
What is this incoherent gibberish: "She did not try to flee she was scared. thete is a difference that is what's wrong the crooked police and prosecutors cannot word or see the facts correctly.just think your mommy and daddy must be really proud paying for your education and you making all that money for making wrong accusations ....If you are dead ..how do you get to heaven ¿?????????"
Does anyone actually understand any of that?
determined2win Jun 15, 1:58 p.m.
She'll plea bargain down to a misdemeanor...
OneLove Jun 15, 1:52 p.m.
I hope they make an example out of her!
Harvey Jun 15, 1:40 p.m.
What a horrible mistake she made at 23 y/o. She'll be paying for this for the rest of her life. We can all learn from this and be thankful it wasn't us on either side.
artist Jun 15, 1:34 p.m.
"She's still really cute."
"She did not try to flee she was scared. thete is a difference that is what's wrong the crooked police and prosecutors "
These comments represent what America has become.
dennis23 Jun 15, 1:33 p.m.
A big thanks to the law enforcement officers that stopped her. They don't get the credit they deserve.
passport423 Jun 15, 1:31 p.m.
she looks a little like Lindsay Lohan to me.
This is so sad for all involved, particularly the innocent victims.
Uhavenoclu Jun 15, 1:07 p.m.
She did not try to flee she was scared. thete is a difference
that is what's wrong the crooked police and prosecutors cannot word or see the facts correctly.just think your mommy and daddy must be really proud paying for your education and you making all that money for making wrong accusations ....If you are dead ..how do you get to heaven ¿?????????
FE Jun 15, 1:04 p.m.
WRAL would likely block what I would REALLY like to say as appropriate, so let's see how this goes:
A totally innocent person is dead as a direct result of the actions of Ms. Carden. Fortunately, there were no other deaths or serious injuries thanks to the quick response of the Highway Patrol.
Someone, at some point, needs to start getting serious with the issues of drunk drivers on NC roads. The problem is legitimate. Sadly, many such drivers see nothing wrong with getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink.
Perhaps some serious fines, extended jail time, confiscation of vehicle (regardless of ownership), and similar might slow down this ever-growing menace to society.
danderson221 Jun 15, 1:00 p.m.
I hope this story teaches everyone what happens when you have been drinking and decide to drive.
Codepwned Jun 15, 1:00 p.m.
You drink/do drugs and drive and you pay the price. Now she gets to think about her decision for the next 10-20 years.
jmf1073 3.0 Jun 15, 12:51 p.m.
Um, we already know this.
promethazine codeine lover Jun 15, 12:51 p.m.
her son will suffer because of her actions
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
Updated: 2013-09-05 17:25:12