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  • Timetogo Feb 4, 5:07 p.m.

    Isn't premeditation the distinguishing factor for First Degree? Didn't he intentionally drink? If I intentionally loaded a gun, pointed it at someone and killed them, wouldn't that be the same? He was drunk and pointing a weapon! When are we going to wake up and expect people to be held accountable for their actions?

  • cmama Jan 29, 7:12 p.m.

    So sad. Prayer for the child's family.

  • mac240 Jan 29, 8:28 a.m.

    I guess the $1,000,000 bail is used to impress the public, but we know this guy will serve very little time for destroying this family!

  • highvolt1 Jan 28, 7:09 p.m.

    Will there ever be the time where the judicial system can be held responsible for these repeat offenders which are allowed to remain on the streets?

  • Terkel Jan 28, 5:19 p.m.

    Nephesh and Relic, I get you and should have stated it a little differently. Yes, it was a choice. My post was in the context of someones having implied that he should be off the road because he killed A CHILD, that by definition being somehow worse than killing an adult.

    I was attempting to distinguish between this reckless, negligent act which had random victims, and a pedophile who seeks out children to harm precisely because they are children, which IS worse than harming an adult.

  • ecpaynter Jan 28, 5:05 p.m.

    I'm sorry I just am not dealing well and it hurt to see Chad's name as the one who did it...I am just raw inside over all this...see my baby nephew last night in the morgue ripped my heart out of my chest!

  • BobLoblaw Jan 28, 4:51 p.m.

    ecpaynter - I apologize. I completely misconstrued the names. I remain very disturbed by this awful event in which your nephew was killed by a drunk driver on a Sunday afternoon.

  • shemontay Jan 28, 4:48 p.m.

    To the family of this hard felt and tragic loss.. I pray that you will be able to endure the pain and find peace. My prayers are with you....

  • ecpaynter Jan 28, 4:30 p.m.

    People for the sake of our family at least get the names right! Mr. Stokes is the Dad of my nephew Jayden Stokes (5 yrs old)...read it again:
    "Henderson police said Richard Thomas Stokes, 22, and his son, Jayden Chad Stokes, were walking west along East Montgomery Street around 1:15 p.m. when a 1998 GMC truck, driven by Vincent Gregory, 47, hit them."

    VINCENT GREGORY was the evil soul who STOLE him from us!!!

  • jenjengirl89 Jan 28, 4:23 p.m.

    "drove over the curve"
    ?
    maybe curve = curb?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 28, 4:09 p.m.

    Relic - "First, a person who is impaired by alcohol and drugs can't say they "didn't know". They intentionally consumed alcohol or drugs and then drive a vehicle. If someone were to INTENTIONALLY go out into a street with a loaded gun (please...no gun control debate here, we're talking about a child's life being taken by a vehicle) and intentionally point it down the street where people are and just randomly fired a round and it struck someone, is that an "accident"? No. It's a homicide. Substitute a gun for a 2 ton vehicle and there is no difference."

    EXACTLY, AND AMEN!!!

  • BobLoblaw Jan 28, 3:31 p.m.

    Pappy, I agree that Stokes probably doesn't remember hitting the boy and his dad out for a Sunday afternoon walk. I don't think this changes the fact that he has to live with this on his conscience, nor do I feel that he is undeserving of appropriate punishment.

  • sssh.. whisper Jan 28, 3:12 p.m.

    Such a horrible story... Sending prayers to this family. This creep should be charged with murder.

  • Relic Jan 28, 2:47 p.m.

    Morrigan - "This was not a crime where a child was deliberately chosen and killed, it was drunk driving."

    Your logic is flawed. First, a person who is impaired by alcohol and drugs can't say they "didn't know". They intentionally consumed alcohol or drugs and then drive a vehicle. If someone were to INTENTIONALLY go out into a street with a loaded gun (please...no gun control debate here, we're talking about a child's life being taken by a vehicle) and intentionally point it down the street where people are and just randomly fired a round and it struck someone, is that an "accident"? No. It's a homicide. Substitute a gun for a 2 ton vehicle and there is no difference.

  • Relic Jan 28, 2:43 p.m.

    "If there ever was a case for second degree murder, it seems like this should fit."

    You are absolutely correct. Too bad some district attorney offices don't have the gumption to go after cases like that.

  • Relic Jan 28, 2:40 p.m.

    "Makes you wonder how much he has driven intoxicated and not been caught."

    The question should be more "how many times has he been arrested for driving offenses and the charges dismissed by the DA"? The 9th district (where Henderson is) is notorious in the State courts system for being one of the districts that the courts fail to take appropriate action on charges like driving without a license, insurance, revoked license and DWI.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 28, 2:35 p.m.

    Welfare is a trap - "The cops are not the problem, it's the court system and the weak laws that are in place."

    AMEN!!!

    And as soon as some high legislator's relative gets killed by a drunk driver, we'll see laws change.

    That's what it usually takes, like they and their loved ones are more important than the common citizen is.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 28, 2:30 p.m.

    "He's got a record including driving without a license, and several assault charges."

    Whatever happened to 3 strikes and your out?

    I really had high hopes for that law, but it doesn't seem like it's being enforced anywhere.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 28, 2:28 p.m.

    Morrigan - "This was not a crime where a child was deliberately chosen and killed, it was drunk driving."

    By someone who chose to drink knowing they had no ride home afterward. That's premeditated in my mind, and should incur a Murder One charge.

    Enough of handling drunk drivers with kid gloves.

    Those who do so and kill someone while driving need to spend the rest of their lives in prison. That will get their sorry selfish behinds off the roads for a long long time, and will bring the rest of us safety from them for that time.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 28, 2:26 p.m.

    "Let's hear all you northern transplants talk about forgiveness, etc."

    What does being northern have to do with forgiveness?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 28, 2:25 p.m.

    Death by Motor Vehicle isn't enough for those who choose to drink and drive. They made that choice in advance (premeditated) because they knew they were drinking and had no one to drive them home, and they should be charged with Murder One and prosecuted to the full extent of the law, receiving the harshest punishment available under the law, and if it isn't life in prison, we need to change the law so it is.

    Praying for those who loved this wee boy. For all we know, he may have grown up to become a scientist who found a cure for alcoholism and drunkeness.

  • leeloo67 Jan 28, 2:25 p.m.

    Feel free to compare cars to guns once guns are regulated, licensed, taxed, inspected, randomly pulled over, etc. the way cars are.

    In the meantime, when someone dies, have a little respect.

  • working for deadbeats Jan 28, 2:10 p.m.

    I imagine a day when DWI is taken seriously. The cops are not the problem, it's the court system and the weak laws that are in place. It's so senseless.

  • beachboater Jan 28, 2:05 p.m.

    He's got a record including driving without a license, and several assault charges. I didn't see any previous DWI though.

    Makes you wonder how much he has driven intoxicated and not been caught.

  • beachboater Jan 28, 2:02 p.m.

    This guy was sooo drunk that the runs off the LEFT side of the road, jumps the curb and on and on........

    If there ever was a case for second degree murder, it seems like this should fit.

  • hisgoddess2354 Jan 28, 1:18 p.m.

    So sorry for your loss. Will keep your family in prayer. This is a tragedy no one should ever have to go through. My heart breaks for your family.

  • pappy1 Jan 28, 1:16 p.m.

    Sorry BobLoblaw - "Mr." Stokes likely doesn't even remember hitting the father and son.

  • country4ever Jan 28, 12:59 p.m.

    "Let's hear all you northern transplants talk about forgiveness, etc."

    What does being a northener have to do with this??

  • country4ever Jan 28, 12:56 p.m.

    "Quick we have got to ban cars, then the criminals will quit doing these horrible acts. We need more laws."

    Get real...this is NOT the forum for your political views!!

    May the family have comfort throughout this tragedy.

  • happy2.0 Jan 28, 12:39 p.m.

    I lost my sister in law to a drunk driver last year. She was driving to work in the a.m. when the woman crossed the centerline and killed her. I know how raw that pain was to have someone taken from our family due to the selfish act of drinking and driving. I can't imagine what this family is going thru losing someone so young. Prayers for the family and friends of this little boy.

  • BobLoblaw Jan 28, 12:34 p.m.

    Prayers for the family of this little boy, and for Mr. Stokes also, who must live with this terrible consequence.

  • Terkel Jan 28, 12:10 p.m.

    OneLove, killing ANYONE matters. This was not a crime where a child was deliberately chosen and killed, it was drunk driving. Not that the driver should ever see light of day again...

  • Ol Forrester Jan 28, 11:57 a.m.

    Wonder how many of Gregory's family knew he was driving with a revoked license and said nothing ???

  • BigSteamnTurd Jan 28, 11:38 a.m.

    Get fired up? Why? He'll be driving and drinking like a fish again very soon. What exactly are WE going to get fired up about? More ambulance chasers getting the liberal judges to set their client for the day free? Yeah, getting fired up, that should help.

  • pappy1 Jan 28, 11:30 a.m.

    Pray for the family. Let's hear all you northern transplants talk about forgiveness, etc.

  • baldchip Jan 28, 11:23 a.m.

    Ok liberal judges, it's time to play hard ball. Show the drunks who is in charge. This getting off easy for DUI charges MUST stop!!

    I know it's very profitable for the lawyers-but sorry-this kind of carnage must stop!! Drunk drivers kill far more people than AR-15s with 30 round magazines.

    Where is the outrage over this kind of murder??? COME ON PEOPLE!! Get fired up before this happens to someone you love!!

  • flemingjt Jan 28, 11:02 a.m.

    Chad is my cousin Cathy's son. HE is in i.c.u. at Duke. His son was 5 and did not survive. Sorry for the miscommunication.

  • Ozzie Jan 28, 10:54 a.m.

    I'm confused, the article says Chad was the son and the son passed. So... did he pass or is he in Duke ICU ?

    The dad is in ICU at Duke with mutiple injuires, the little boy Jayden Chad is the one who died.

    So sad, a little one gone, and many friends and family will be greiving now because of someone who got behind the wheel while drunk.

  • justaconservativeguy Jan 28, 10:43 a.m.

    Quick we have got to ban cars, then the criminals will quit doing these horrible acts. We need more laws.

    God Bless the family of this little boy, the family of the man driving the the man that did this.

  • 42ITUS Jan 28, 10:37 a.m.

    DWLR is no deterrent to driving in NC. Research shows that there are @500,000 people driving without a license at any given time. Although this driver was caught and charged, there are many that are caught driving drunk without a license, no insurance, and no ID. Ask a magistrate sometime about the magnitude of the problem.

  • zariez12 Jan 28, 10:24 a.m.

    Would you look at that, a criminal not following the law. The last time I heard criminals were suppose to follow the law when it comes to guns, drugs, and drinking.

  • Life-goes-on. Jan 28, 10:17 a.m.

    Why was this person even behind the wheel? When license is revoked the vehicle should be impounded and sold. Everybody is all up in arms about banning guns when this is the much greater tragedy.

  • imsosorry Jan 28, 9:28 a.m.

    I'm confused, the article says Chad was the son and the son passed. So... did he pass or is he in Duke ICU ?

  • flemingjt Jan 28, 9:12 a.m.

    Chad is my cousin's son. He is in Duke...ICU. Please pray for his recovery. I can't imagine the pain of dealing with this tragedy from his position. (I wonder if the trip to the store for more beer was worth it. Couldn't someone in his family have simply taken his keys?) It is for someone else to judge...such a tragic event.

  • OneLove Jan 28, 8:56 a.m.

    Praying for the family's comfort in this unthinkable tragedy. Life - no parole. He killed a CHILD.

  • itsmyownopinion Jan 28, 8:38 a.m.

    Don't show his photo in a hospital gown with a sad face and swollen eyes. No sympathy for him here.

  • jbyrd Jan 28, 8:21 a.m.

    Intoxicated, revoked license, hitting and killing a pedestrian?
    If this person breaths a free breath in less than 20 years, there is no justice in this land........

  • littleriver69 Jan 28, 8:16 a.m.

    Death Penalty. End of story.

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