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  • OneLove Feb 5, 9:32 a.m.

    MAKE AN EXAMPLE OUT OF SOMEONE WHO LEAVES THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT! There are people dying!

  • LocalYokel Feb 5, 8:33 a.m.

    I would like to know how speeding, hit-n-run, and lying is an "...unavoidable accident"? I guess only someone paid to lie can state something like that.

    64 days in jail for murderous driving. That's not a bad deal for Rechel.

    also, I'm pretty sure there is an aggressive driver with a red truck in the Google reference map street view. More documentation of bad driving problems we have in Raleigh.

  • Wendellcatlover Feb 4, 4:08 p.m.

    "Also, he cared enough about his truck to get it repaired but not enough about the woman to go and report this. Big UNC Fan

    I think he was trying to fix his truck to hide the fact that he had been in a fatal accident - not because he cared about fixing it necessarily.

  • Wendellcatlover Feb 4, 4:04 p.m.

    "stewed in his worry. He made a terrible decision in an unavoidable accident," Waller said.

    It may have been an unavoidable accident, but hit and run is a crime. Judges - quit coddling these lawbreakers, and hand down some sentences that actually mean something!!! There have been ssssoooooo many hit and runs lately, and sorry, but I don't think this sentence will do anything to deter the next one!

  • sunshine1040 Feb 4, 3:32 p.m.

    The problem is he Lives with it every day she does not get that chance

  • babbleon Feb 4, 3:16 p.m.

    re: Drinking and driving:

    Way to make up a lie out of nothing. Mr. Rechel has no prior record, Ms. Johnson was the one who had been drinking and stepped out in front of his truck.

    It is actually possible to drive around New Years without drinking, and pedestrians / bicyclists can surprise you.

    He shouldn't have left, he should have tried to help Ms. Johnson, but he panicked, and that doesn't require alcohol.

    From my own experience: LEOs can actually be hugely helpful in accidents. If you have an accident, call 911. It may save a life.

  • marciamal1 Feb 4, 2:33 p.m.

    Again, we have drinkers in the news - stay away from the bottle and the wheel!!! Another life lost!! terrible - my thoughts and prayers are for her family. Terrible!!!

  • 75Tarheel Feb 4, 2:30 p.m.

    @Jimmytwotimes-
    "Obviously he left the scene cause he was drinking and didn't want to get felony death by motor vehicle"

    "obviously"? The article stated that Ms. Johnson was drinking, not Mr. Rechel
    suecrane2005

    I would tend to agree that he "probably" was drinking. His actions AND inaction screams out: "I was drinking, I paniced, I kept my mouth shut and let her die in the street, I didn't come forward as any decent person would, and I went to the junkyard to get my truck fixed so I wouldn't get caught because I thought more of the truck than the lady I left lying in the street."

    So, it sounds about right to me "He was drinking and driving and killed someone."

  • sc2005 Feb 4, 1:51 p.m.

    @Jimmytwotimes-

    "Obviously he left the scene cause he was drinking and didn't want to get felony death by motor vehicle"

    "obviously"? The article stated that Ms. Johnson was drinking, not Mr. Rechel

  • Jimmytwotimes Feb 4, 12:59 p.m.

    Obviously he left the scene cause he was drinking and didn't want to get felony death by motor vehicle.

  • djofraleigh Feb 4, 12:50 p.m.

    Is the man a drinker, I wonder, and was he drinking that New Year's? Could that be the case and have influenced the accident not being avoided, and was that why he kept driving?

  • BigUNCFan Feb 4, 12:38 p.m.

    If he had not left the scene of the accident, it seems based on the story that he would have been found not at fault and would have had a terrible experience to overcome but had his life back otherwise as it appears that there was alcohol in the woman's system.

    Instead, he left and now has to deal with a jail term and a criminal record.

    Lesson is to stay at the scene, especially if it were an accident. Things will work out generally, much more so than if you leave the scene.

    The thing that gets me is he panicked and I get that. Panic makes you do things for a few minutes or an hour or so but he went for days without saying anything. That to me is malicious. Also, he cared enough about his truck to get it repaired but not enough about the woman to go and report this. That's really terrible in my book.

  • johnny2times Feb 4, 12:25 p.m.

    Will Webb, Rechel's attorney, said his client was stressed, concerned for his family and panicked.

    "He made a terrible decision in an unavoidable accident," Waller said

    Really? Come on....he acted like a coward and left after hitting her...pretty light sentence for this "man".

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