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  • Karma0784 Feb 20, 9:09 a.m.

    I couldn't imagine driving 85 on that road. It is so curvy.

  • mcraineycrazies Feb 18, 5:35 p.m.

    sorry to say, but moving here from morrisville, seems like the normal down here is to have teenage parties and to drink alcohol and smoke pot, hate to say that is like the normal teen here, thank god my 18 year old is being smart about her decisions,, got two more kids to go, and i plan on drilling it in thier heads too

  • JustMeHere Feb 18, 4:21 p.m.

    Will was a friend of my children's ... he was a super nice guy ... prayers for his friends and family ... and no criticism from this parent ... they all know what they did wrong and have to live with that. RIP Will

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 18, 3:20 p.m.

    were lucky to have an easy lesson taught to us;

    Through bragging? I hope so and certainly wish you have learn from your wayward ways. Teach others why they should not drink and drive.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 18, 3:19 p.m.

    but we were going 30 mph, not wearing our seat belts and guess what; we were just fine.

    THAT WAS A MISTAKE IN NOT WEARING YOUR SEATBELTS. YOU SHOULD BE ABSOLUTELY THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE ALIVE TODAY. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SEATBELTS WHEN IN THE VEHICHLE AND OUT ON THE ROADS AND HIGHWAYS. BE SAFE.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 18, 3:18 p.m.

    When me and my High school friends (this almost 20 years ago

    IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN TODAY, HOW WILL YOU TEACH THEM ABOUT DRINKING ALCOHOL AND THE EFFECT IT WILL HAVE ON THEIR LIFE? YOU HAVE THE EXPERIENCE, SO GO FOR IT!

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 18, 3:16 p.m.

    I was stupid just like these kids in the fact that driving after getting messed up and even got into a wreck with a friend who was driving,

    Yes you were. NEVER, EVER GET INTO A VEHICLE WHEN YOU KNOW THE PERSON THAT IS DRIVING HAS BEEN DRINKING ALCOHOL. ITS BETTER TO CALL SOMEONE TO COME PICK YOU UP OR JUST WALK.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 18, 3:10 p.m.

    How did this young man get this alcohol beverage? He was under-age, so someone had to purchase it for him. If that is so true, then the detectives should find this info out and that person should certainly be charge, even the parents if they did not have the alcohol locked up.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 18, 2:55 p.m.

    How many other students at this school was alcohol drinkers? He was certainly not the only one. Those that are drinking, I suggest you get immediated help, NOW! Save your life, you have a lot to live for. Don't drink because everybody else is doing it. Matter of fact, find some new friends that don't indulge in that stuff. Its not good for you any way.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 18, 2:43 p.m.

    vehicle should be placed at the entrance to the student parking lot

    Students know the dangers of drinking and driving, yet they make the wrong choice of doing it any way. Putting the vehicle on the schools campus will serve no purpose for many.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 18, 2:42 p.m.

    Tippett, 18,

    Too very young to have been drinking in the first place. Was his parents aware of his drinking? My condolences to the family and his many friends. Praying that others will learn from this tragedy.

  • livinginapex Feb 18, 2:17 p.m.

    I think in every case like this, the vehicle should be placed at the entrance to the student parking lot at the school. Maybe it will make them think twice when they're on the road.

  • jaydosse Feb 18, 2:06 p.m.

    "Gilmore faces charges of driving while impaired, reckless driving and being impaired under age." WHAT???? No charge of felony death by motor vehicle?? Two solutions are apparent for youngsters who drive in this manner:

    1. Take away the car keys permanently and save lives.

    2. Prosecute them and reward them with long prison sentences if the death of an innocent person is the result of driving while intoxicated and/or speeding.

    They know what they are doing at the age of 17 or 18. No Mom and Dad they are not innocent babies anymore.

  • baldchip Feb 18, 1:49 p.m.

    Every time we have fatalities like this, all of us parents hurt. But there-by the grace of God-well, we all hope we have trained our kids better.

    I did dumb things-so did most of you. We have learned and tried to pass on to our children(now adult) about choices.

    Parents, Cleveland HS family, we will pray for all of you.

  • Glass Half Full Feb 18, 1:38 p.m.

    So sorry for the loss of the young man. Sorry his friend will have to live with having killed his friend for the rest of his life. I don't understand why this happens so frequently now. I was a teenager 30+ years ago. There were kids drinking, getting high, driving (even driving school buses), but we didn't lose any friends or classmates - not just our school, but the whole county, and counties surrounding ours - to fatal car wrecks. We lost one kid in high school - to cancer. What's different today?

  • deanandanita Feb 18, 1:36 p.m.

    This is so sad.It happens over and over.Thousands of our children die evry year like this.If this were a person doing this to our kids we would call him an insane murderer and put him away and it would be over.But its [alcohol]a mind altering substance that cant be controlled for some reason.If it was a gun,we would just take it away. Think about it.No Alcohol,No Alcohol related deaths or accidents.Thats 75,000 lives per year saved.Where's the outrage,and indignation these 75,000 deserve.Thats why its so sad,they have no voice.

  • Likestobearrogant Feb 18, 11:56 a.m.

    This comment will get picked apart and have at it. Drinking and Driving is wrong, we all know this- even these teens knew this as I bet their parents pounded it in their heads, but they still did it. What I don't get is why they think they are invisible to high speeds and impairment. When me and my High school friends (this almost 20 years ago) would go out and party on the weekends; the last thing we did was drive at excessive speeds!! We did the who is less intoxicated to drive BS even though we knew we shouldn't mix booze and driving, but never would we think to drive fast.

    I was stupid just like these kids in the fact that driving after getting messed up and even got into a wreck with a friend who was driving, but we were going 30 mph, not wearing our seat belts and guess what; we were just fine. if we were going 85 + we would not be here.. we were lucky to have an easy lesson taught to us; and at the point on we never drove after partying again.. no 2nd chances for these kids.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Feb 18, 9:21 a.m.

    KIDS PLEASE SLOW DOWN !

  • NavySrChiefswife Feb 18, 9:04 a.m.

    Prayers to those affected.....their families, their friends and the community.

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