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  • ncdime1235 Nov 18, 11:01 a.m.

    I feel sorry for both people involved. I hope they both can recover from this. They both had fault in this accident. He should not have been driving without a license and she should not have pulled out in front of him. He was very wrong to leave the scene. I hear about it all the time. Why leave? He would have only received a ticket for DWLR. The accident was her fault. He is not responsible for her medical bills. I for one do not agree with these scooters being on the road, but since we have so many people who need them, they should have to be insured and licensed just like my vehicles. He will pay for leaving the scene, but that's his only responsibility.

  • wenfromwake Nov 18, 9:23 a.m.

    According to the initial report it sounds like she failed to yield to on-coming Rock Quarry Road traffic. Of course he shouldn't have fled the accident.

  • LocalYokel Nov 18, 8:03 a.m.

    Did Kessel pull out in front of Deontea while turning left?

  • anneonymousone Nov 15, 2:40 p.m.

    I agree with the people who have commented on this young woman's amazing attitude. It's great that people are raising money for her, too. I'll contribute later this week.

    All the best, Ms. Kessel. Please don't give up on people; we can be all right sometimes.

  • CharmedLife Nov 15, 1:55 p.m.

    JAT, no offense...but you make it sound as snapping one's fingers and BAM!!....Insurance coverage!

  • Marty King Nov 15, 1:34 p.m.

    People in that area are always speeding, playing loud music and driving with their seat so far back that they can barely see over the steering wheel.

  • anotherbabyboomer Nov 15, 1:33 p.m.

    You never know when you will need insurance. If you do find you end up at a hospital good luck trying to get the proper care you need.

  • jg01 Nov 15, 1:22 p.m.

    yes, the driver should be responsible for all expenses BUT good luck getting it - the man had no license to drive, so what makes you think he has insurance? even if he was found responsible for her costs, he could file bankruptcy or the lawyers would eat into the profits.

  • Alexia Nov 15, 12:50 p.m.

    Folks arguing that young people, especially those earning minimum wage, should buy insurance must have forgotten what it's like or never lived on minimum wage. One does not have $150 to spare on minimum wage. That's 13% of the gross income!

    As much as I support the fact that everyone have health coverage, I think Obomacare goes about it all wrong. All people should have insurance and it should be paid for through taxes. We should just add 5% to everyone's income taxes and be done with it. You go to the doctor and the doctor sends the bill the the government. Go to the pharmacy and they bill the government.

    Many countries around the world do this. Asking a person to pay for insurance when they have no income is a bit silly. Likewise, insurance companies are just a profit engine we can do without.

    Let the government dictate the rates for procedures and drugs. It works elsewhere, and nothing stops a continued private market for those that can afford it.

  • smcallah Nov 15, 12:39 p.m.

    I know I'll be leaving my daughter on my company insurance policy until the legally allowed age of 26.

    She could have been on one of her parent's insurance policies, but we don't know the situation. Perhaps she has no parents, or her parents don't have a job or insurance. Or her parents kicked her out. Or she or they didn't know she could be on their policy until 26 years old.

  • simplelogic Nov 15, 12:30 p.m.

    "85% of the money goes to rent, 10% utilities and the rest for food"

    By that calculation, if you're spending $50/week on food (which isn't much), then your rent is well over $3000/month. You either need a new calculator, or a financial advisor.

  • Minarchist Nov 15, 11:42 a.m.

    "85% of the money goes to rent"

    Why in the world are you leaving comments here then?

  • WageSlave Nov 15, 10:24 a.m.

    ""As a young adult, she probably could have had health insurance for about $150/month or less."

    I am two years older than she is and I cannot fathom paying $150 a month for that... 85% of the money goes to rent, 10% utilities and the rest for food and other things. An extra 150 bucks is just not feasible.
    carrboroyouth

    I made the same arguement for while. Wait till you have something (I hope you never do), you will wish you would have found a way to pay for insurance.

  • gonagain Nov 15, 10:05 a.m.

    "Why don't people have health insurance? I don't get it. Even if she didn't have it through a job, she could have been on her parent's policy. She could have even signed for Obamacare and had coverage."

    JAT, you're making two assumptions here: that she HAS living parents and that they have insurance. And, correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Obamacare coverage begin in January of 2014?

  • carrboroyouth Nov 15, 10:04 a.m.

    ""As a young adult, she probably could have had health insurance for about $150/month or less."

    I am two years older than she is and I cannot fathom paying $150 a month for that... 85% of the money goes to rent, 10% utilities and the rest for food and other things. An extra 150 bucks is just not feasible.

  • bdu4dals2 Nov 15, 10:02 a.m.

    Yeah, lets have the woman that got hit by someone driving suspended in the first place, then ran, because of anxiety...no calous disregard for human life. I'm relatively sure that if one of your girls was the "victim" your tune would change. You can say it would not, but...lets hope you don't have to find out. I can think of a host of charges this guy should face but the legal system as it is no doubt will plead everything down to a misdemeanor with time served and probation. You want to stop a lot of this from happening? Put a punishment in place that gets most educated peoples attention. You have to also love the look of remorse on the drivers face.

  • Ven Nov 15, 9:52 a.m.

    well Mr. Jones should be on the hook for paying a lot, if not all +, of those costs.

  • simplelogic Nov 15, 9:21 a.m.

    "As a young adult, she probably could have had health insurance for about $150/month or less."

    I sure didn't have that kind of disposable income at her age. I barely had enough for bean burritoes after all the bills were paid.

  • hihuwatlu Nov 15, 9:11 a.m.

    The article doesn't specify who was at fault for the accident and it doesn't appear that the other driver was charged for unsafe movement or failure to yield to indicate it was his fault. The accident may have been her fault and then his auto insurance would not be responsible for covering it.

    As a young adult, she probably could have had health insurance for about $150/month or less. She probably wishes now that she did. But like most young adults these days, she probably felt like she was healthy and didn't need health insurance. When it comes time to decide between going out with friends, buying a great phone, eating out, etc., or paying for health insurance, those other things usually win out.

  • westernwake1 Nov 15, 9:06 a.m.

    I hope she recovers quickly. She has a great postive attitude.

  • kikinc Nov 15, 9:03 a.m.

    Dadof4girls-Uh, maybe because she couldn't afford insurance? I couldn't afford insurance when I was younger, so I went without. When I got off my parents' plan, BCBS wanted $836/mo from me. No way I could afford that. She's 20 and working an internship, so I doubt she has access to insurance through work.

    Way to be judgmental.

  • Dadof4girls Nov 15, 8:47 a.m.

    This is a difficult situation. Why does she not have insurance. I know that many Sandy victims in the Northeast that did not have insurance expect others to pay. For me I am sick of this attitude. So why did she not have insurance? As for the hit and run I think these people simply get over rushed with anxiety and panic and the right choice is rarely made. I suspect those post hit and run people have horrible days until they are caught and face their responsibilities.

  • MonkeyFace Nov 15, 8:45 a.m.

    Tax Man, I'm gonna have to say he most likely didn't have insurance

  • Preebok Nov 15, 8:31 a.m.

    whatheyhey - What can the state do? The people that do that don't obey the law to stop; what law can they pass to make them? and like Tax Man says...did Jones have insurance? Her bills should be on HIS tab.

  • samdutes Nov 15, 8:28 a.m.

    The question is did the driver who caused this have insurance? If so it should cover all the medical expenses plus pain and suffering. --Tax Man

    Sadly even if he has insurance it may not cover it all. A lot of people just carry minimal coverage to save money. His policy will only pay to the limits and if he has minimal coverage with Ana's injuries it probably won't cover it. She'll have to sue to get money to cover any costs not paid by the insurance.

  • JAT Nov 15, 8:26 a.m.

    Why don't people have health insurance? I don't get it. Even if she didn't have it through a job, she could have been on her parent's policy. She could have even signed for Obamacare and had coverage.

  • Tax Man Nov 15, 8:20 a.m.

    The question is did the driver who caused this have insurance? If so it should cover all the medical expenses plus pain and suffering. If not Michael Deontea Jones needs to be paying for this out of his pocket. Why can't we make it a felony to drive without a valid license and lock these folks up where they can't do any more harm? He chose to drive illegally then left the scene illegally - he needs to be responsible for his actions. If he did not have current insurance that should be another charge. Glad he was caught and hopefully will act responsibly and help this girl out. Prayers for her.

  • PJM Nov 15, 8:05 a.m.

    What a beautiful spirit even after the accident! The person who left the scene is a bum...even without having valid license, he should have stopped.

  • Whatthehey Nov 14, 7:46 p.m.

    USA Today November 10: "Hit-and-run crashes are increasing in many major cities, and hit-and-run fatalities are rising nationally as legislators in several states look to toughen laws to address this troubling "plague."

    What is the NC Sec Public Safety and legislature doing to stem this tide- seems that there are 1 or 2 every week in Wake County.

  • jcrew1979 Nov 14, 7:46 p.m.

    I'm glad Michael was caught and I wish Ana the best in her recovery.

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