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renna Jan 29, 3:46 p.m.
Well the driver is in the VCJ with a bond OVER 1mil. hopfully he does get what he deserves. As a mother of two I can't imagine going through this and to read people's comments of feeling sorry for the driver...so sad
jessicaw1991 Jan 29, 3:03 p.m.
I am and old friend to Jayden's mother...Candace I am SOO sorry, as a mother myself i can only imagine what you are going through right now. You, your family and Chads family will all be in our prayers!! I hope this man gets EXACTLY what he deserves! If you need anything please let me know....
sunshine1040 Jan 29, 2:23 p.m.
Does anyone really believe that 6 months in prison will keep this man from ever driving again under the influence or just because he does not have a license. Get real he did not have a valid license for a reason. Now make sure he cannot ever drive anything with a motor again.
GravyPig Jan 29, 1:55 p.m.
"The sad part is, most that write in the blog do not want this guy punished for the taking of a life"
What are you smoking? Have you read the blog? I haven't seen one person with any sympathy for the driver. So where do you get the idea that most of us don't want him punished?
"RE : I have zero tolerance for drunk drivers. Anything short of life in prison is not good enough....
I agree, unfortunately, this behavior has become acceptable..."
Speak for yourself. I don't consider taking another persons life acceptable and I doubt anyone else finds this accepatable.
GravyPig Jan 29, 1:13 p.m.
"Sorry gravy but David is right. These statistics on deaths caused by drunk drivers is staggering and needs to be told." - Heavenly
I have no problem with drunk driving statistics. When you start trying to make this a "gun" or "liberal" discussion you are trying to discuss something completely unrelated.
I doubt that any rational adult, liberal or conservative, would not be against toughening or enforcing our current DWI laws.
"when will this overly liberal society get he picture that crooks commit crimes and not the object they use"
I agree that everyone deals with mourning differently. I didn't get a bit of that from his post. It came off as some sort of rambling commentary about blaming the guilty and not the gun/car that was used. At the time he wrote this there was no mention of blame to a vehicle or another inatimate object.
Lady Marksman Jan 29, 1:02 p.m.
marciamal1 - are you serious??? "if you're out drinking be considerate of others and not drive."
REALLY??? This guy has a criminal record that includes assault on a female, assault on a policeofficer, communicating threats and he was driving with a revoked license! Do you really think he (and other criminals like him) think about their potential victims??
It's time the punishment fits the crime! Don't let another person suffer at the hands of this criminal!!!
renna Jan 29, 12:54 p.m.
I'M FROM HENDERSON AND KNEW THE FAMILY OF JAYDAN. JUST WANT TO SAY TO THE STOKES FAMILY YOU'RE ARE IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS AND I'M SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS. YOU ARE IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS. GOD BLESS THE STOKES FAMILY!!!!
JAYDEN IS GOD'S ANGEL!!!!
Obamacare rises Jan 29, 12:51 p.m.
Poor kid...such a shame.
It's time for a public hanging for the dirt bag who did this.
kcollier39 Jan 29, 12:43 p.m.
very sad for this family,but what is even sadder is their will be no justice for the family.
marciamal1 Jan 29, 12:40 p.m.
This is such a sad story which could have been prevented if only the driver could have thought about getting behind the wheel and endangering others in his condition. I think everyone should learn a lesson from this - if you're out drinking be considerate of others and not drive. What is it with these people that have to go out and drink - get drunk and be behind the wheel? My thoughts and prayers go out to this family. I feel so bad for them - this whole thing could have been prevented.
Lady Marksman Jan 29, 12:13 p.m.
Jayden's death is at the hands of liberals who care more about criminals rights than the rights of law abiding citizens!
This "man" had many opportunities to turn his life around and yet, too late for Jayden, we discover that there is no intent to "turn their lives around" - they only take what they want and will kill to get it, whatever it is!
Lady Marksman Jan 29, 12:08 p.m.
I am praying for this little boy's family.
The drunk driver deserves nothing less than what he caused Jayden - death!
schooldoctor Jan 29, 12:01 p.m.
Technology is in the development stages that will eventually be standard equipment that will prevent a car from starting by an individual that has consumed alcohol. It is not a device like that is put on cars for people convicted of drunk driving. It was recently aired on WRAL and is several years away but think how many years it will take for cars without the device to end up in the junk yard. It could easily be 50 years before the entire cycle is completed.
twoods7 Jan 29, 11:57 a.m.
"Why is it that getting drunk and getting behind the wheel and killing someone is any different than going out and shooting and killing someone?" - aprilhunter220
Because it would deny the Gov't. the means to tax a widely used commodity. Besides, we tried this once; it was called Prohibition...
aprilhunter220 Jan 29, 11:06 a.m.
Why is it that getting drunk and getting behind the wheel and killing someone is any different than going out and shooting and killing someone? To me it is not. They should face the same penalty that the shooter's do.
My thoughts and prayers to the family.
Michellex4 Jan 29, 10:57 a.m.
Written, with great sympathy, for the family of Jayden. May God give you the peace that no one else can.
Good bye, sweet darling, it’s time to leave this place,
And enter into the Promised Land where you will always stay.
Your days will now be filled with joy and worship alone,
As you stand filled by the presence of He who is on the throne.
You will never have to see or hear more heartache in this world,
You will run and play and jump and laugh knowing you are loved.
Many miss your precious face and cry and painfully grieve,
But you are in the arms of Jesus now where sorrow must always leave.
The sin of man seemingly cut your life short on this depraved earth,
But Jesus knew the days you’d be here with us long before your birth.
So take the hand of Jesus and run down those streets of gold,
And in our hearts is where your memory we will forever hold.
working for deadbeats Jan 29, 10:53 a.m.
DWI is socially acceptable. The laws are weak because the law makers want their loopholes too. It starts with them.
Fireflies Rock Jan 29, 10:23 a.m.
my heart grieves for this little boy who's life was horribly cut short unnecessarily, and for his parents, who will somehow have to find the strength to continue their lives without him. These "accidents" should NEVER happen.
Pretzel Logic Jan 29, 10:16 a.m.
RE : I have zero tolerance for drunk drivers. Anything short of life in prison is not good enough....
I agree, unfortunately, this behavior has become acceptable...
pappybigtuna1 Jan 29, 10:01 a.m.
I read these blogs and come away with one united perception, that there is great sympathy for the family that lost one of its members, I agree, words can not express.
If we go one step further, the alleged drunk driver has an automatic excuse - "he was drunk", then we are hit with - "it was an accident", then - "he was depressed causing him to drink". If we are not careful, he and his attorney will be blaming the father & child for being on the sidewalk.
The punishment for this dastardly deed will be a slap on the hand and a don't do it again. The sad part is, most that write in the blog do not want this guy punished for the taking of a life
Unbroken Jan 29, 9:59 a.m.
Had a bad dream last night that I lost my 2 year old son. I am thinking that it comes back to this tragedy. I can't even begin to comprehend what this family is and will go through.
To the enlightened ones on here who like to take the opportunity to spout their beliefs when really there are better times and forums for such things... this WOULD have been national news if the creep drove his car into and killed 20 children. So stop blaming liberals, politicians and the vast mainstream media conspiracy. It all boils down to human nature. We tend to look past cases that involve one or two victims even if the annual tally is exorbitant.... DWI fatalities being a good case example. When you are driving down the road, would you rubberneck more at the two car fender-bender or the ten vehicle pile-up? Why?
babbleon Jan 29, 9:47 a.m.
My deepest sympathy to the family.
dontstopnow Jan 29, 9:28 a.m.
Sorry gravy but David is right. These statistics on deaths caused by drunk drivers is staggering and needs to be told.
It goes without saying everyone is ourraged and symphathetic over this senseless death of a child but everyone expresses it differently and I for one, respect their right to do so.
wearingsa Jan 29, 9:24 a.m.
I have zero tolerance for drunk drivers. Anything short of life in prison is not good enough....
aetius476 Jan 29, 9:18 a.m.
Another promising and positive life taken away by society's trash. I'm sure this was not Mr. Gregory's first trip behind the wheel when drunk, and won't be his last.
He too, is probably "disintered", as was another driver in a another article on this same page. Sad...
dontstopnow Jan 29, 9:12 a.m.
twoods7, I said something similar to what you have said in your post yesterday and WRAL would not post it. Go figure how they pick and choose huh? :) But you are absolutely right!
GravyPig Jan 29, 9:07 a.m.
What a shame. My heart goes out to Jayden's family.
I'm sure this is said ever time, but we need to make the penalty for this sort of thing harder AND enforce the laws better.
davidtew2005 - "rant on guns and librals"
Not the place for this David. Give your sympathy please, but don't turn this into something it's not. Take your "liberal" and "gun" discussion to another comment section and leave this one alone. Have some couth.
twoods7 Jan 29, 8:47 a.m.
Where's all the National outrage???? Here's an innocent child (like those at Sandy Hook Elem.) who was out for a walk when a drunk decides it's a nice day for a drive and ends up dead. But yet it's more expedient to pick and choose which cause is more politically advantageous? When will America wake up and do the right thing? We have laws on the books; use them.
godshelper Jan 29, 8:41 a.m.
I think they need to make an example out of this man. Enough is enough. He should get a fair trial and fair punishment for his crime. There should be no pity party here. He had total control of the situation. He knew he was no supposed to be driving because of his past DWI. Enough is ENOUGH! He should be tried under the second degree murder statute of North Carolina.
davidtew2005 Jan 29, 8:37 a.m.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 32,885 people died in traffic crashes in 2010 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 10,228 people who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths last year. Yet we here more about guns than anything in the news. This guy according to DOC records has alengthy criminal past and shound not have been out in the first place. DWLR in 2006 so probably due to a DWI, assault on female, ASDW, Drug charge, Assault on a policeman, communicating threats, when will this overly liberal society get he picture that crooks commit crimes and not the object they use, such as this guys vehicle as well as a persons gun. Get the crooks off the street an the guns will not be an issue, get the drunks in jail and off the street and the vehickle will not be an issue.
Hans Jan 29, 8:27 a.m.
Such a shame. I hope all can eventually find peace.
whatdowehavehere Jan 29, 8:23 a.m.
What a testimony for the family to share his mature interest in his church and God. I pray that the family will have some peace while mourning his life here on Earth cut so short. Amen. While being robbed of that joyful smile, it has to be so hard to find that peace. I ask that everyone who reads this, to pray for his family and friends that something wonderful can come from this sweet boy's passing that only GOD can make happen. My sincere condolensces are with all that shared time with this precious child who is now with God.
autismawareness Jan 29, 8:16 a.m.
enough of this. this should be a death penalty case, not a few years in minimum security.
westernwake1 Jan 28, 7:57 p.m.
What a complete tragedy. My prayers and sympathy to Jayden's family.
Tug Boat II Jan 28, 7:51 p.m.
OMG what a tragedy. The loss of a life so young is not only a loss to the family but to our community. MY thoughts and prayers to the family and friends.
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
Updated: 2014-06-24 16:03:36