A day after watching a 6-year-old neighborhood boy fly through the air when he was fatally struck by a teenage driver suspected of being intoxicated, Jane Withers refused to leave the spot where the boy´s mother tried in vain to save him. Overcome by the magnitude of the tragedy that left Brandon Abrams´ family grieving and a 17-year-old jailed on intoxication manslaughter charges, Withers helped set up a makeshift memorial soon after the incident at 6 p.m. Thursday in her Northwest Side neighborhood.
Comments: Sadly, the dead child was ON THE SIDEWALK waiting for the ice cream truck to arrive. The murderer ... excuse me, the accused murder ... is a 17 year old DRUNK driver (drinking age is 21), without a license, who "lost control" of his truck when he dropped his cell phone. Oh yeah, the immigration folks have placed a hold on the guy, since his "status" as what Dear Leader(US) Obama and his San Antonio stooge, Mayor Castro would call either an "undocumented alien" or a "future Democrat voter" is in question.
While I truly feel sorry whenever something tragic happens to a child ( I´m a grandfather), I sometimes have to wonder if there is a group of entrepenuers that specialize in stuffed animals, candles and flower arrangements to immediately pile on the sidewalks.
The idea of technology was to make life better. It´s gone over the hump by now and every technological innovation will just make life more difficult. But this has not yet been recognized, so we´ll just keep introducing new,clever, glittery gizmos and life will just keep getting more and more meaningless.
I, too, wonder about all the "stuff" piled at these scenes. I do not mean to criticize but I think it is kind of creepy. I think they just don´t know what else to do. I feel the same way when I go to a cemetery and see toys and trinkets piled around a headstone. Condolences to the family. I am very sorry for your loss.
-That stuff has to stop. The cellphone is ridiculous, the drinking,- he said, in reference to the intoxication manslaughter charges. He questioned why a 17-year-old would be -drinking at 5 o´clock in the afternoon.-
It´s what they do. I grew up in SA among mostly Mexican-American kids. They didn´t act like this. It is the illegals who have a disfunctional culture of drunkenness. Until we put an end to the invasion the DUIs, crime and more deaths will escalate.
Failure to enforce existing immigration law costs another innocent U.S. life. I hope there is a God so that this little boy can be in paradise and the drunk Mexican can pay for his crimes in the afterlife, because you know some bleeding heart liberal lawyer will get him off nearly scott free.
We are in the age of narcissistic emotional displays. I weep, sob, wail, leave ribbons, cuddly toys, crosses therefore I´m better than you because I show I care. Disease of sentimental and emotional diarrhea.
Amen #1 and #8. BUT I have an idea. Let´s have that 17 year old PUNK look at pictures of injured and dead (that´s DECEASED if you´re a cop) kids. Also let´s have the PUNK take classes in good driving while sober. Yeah that should solve the problem. Personally I think any punk teenager who drives drunk should be beat to death.
When I was a kid one of my 12 year old cousins was hit by a drunk driver and killed. I don´t recall any candlelit vigils or piling of toys and flowers. The neighbors brought food to his family and showed up at the funeral. They were all very good to my aunt for months afterward. I suppose tossing a stuffed critter into the pile means there has to be no personal contact and you can go about your business. Mrs. Cow
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