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#160651 - 12/31/08 03:42 AM snow tragedy
TomP Offline
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Registered: 01/16/07
Posts: 54
Dad lets kids walk away from stranded car= death
[url]http://www.magicvalley.com/articles/2008/12/30/news/top_story/151787.txt

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#160670 - 12/31/08 12:51 PM Re: snow tragedy [Re: TomP]
Bear_Claw_Chris_Lapp Offline
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Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 227
Loc: Sector 16
I love this part...

"There's no way that he could have known what was going to happen."

The man is 55 years old, how cold he NOT know how dangerous that was.

Idiot.
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#160676 - 12/31/08 01:41 PM Re: snow tragedy [Re: Bear_Claw_Chris_Lapp]
benjammin Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 4016
Loc: Anchorage AK
He certainly knew, he just didn't care enough to think about it.

Sometimes all you get is one chance to do the right thing, and the consequences of getting it wrong are wholly condemning.

I feel great sadness for his son, who survived, but will have to deal with leaving his sister behind to die for the rest of his life. There's no therapy for that.
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#160683 - 12/31/08 02:22 PM Re: snow tragedy [Re: benjammin]
Russ Offline
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Registered: 06/02/06
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There's no getting around it, he was the adult and father; it was his job to know that walking 10 miles in a blizzard was a bad idea. He had a plan and was not going to allow current events and SA to interfere. He was focused on getting the kids to Mom and didn't rethink the plan as the situation dictated. His responsibility and he failed. He'll pay a price measured in years of guilt.

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#160688 - 12/31/08 02:50 PM Re: snow tragedy [Re: Russ]
OldBaldGuy Offline
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Registered: 09/30/01
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Let the punishment fit the crime. See how he likes walking in the cold and snow forever..
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#160726 - 12/31/08 07:00 PM Re: snow tragedy [Re: OldBaldGuy]
benjammin Offline
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May none of us here ever know the pain of making such an awful mistake.
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#160728 - 12/31/08 07:31 PM Re: snow tragedy [Re: benjammin]
nurit Offline
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Registered: 03/27/08
Posts: 191
Loc: NYC
Amen to that, Benjammin.

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#160741 - 12/31/08 09:30 PM Re: snow tragedy [Re: benjammin]
OldBaldGuy Offline
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Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
"...the pain of making such an awful mistake..."

True. But, having had to pick up more dead children/babies than I care to remember because mom and dad failed to put them in seat belts/child restraint seats, then ended up rolling the car, throwing the kids out to their death, I have a lot less sympathy for them than I used to. Make an honest mistake and kill your kid, I have all the sympathy in the world. Do something really really stupid, don't come looking for sympathy from me...
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#160800 - 01/01/09 06:35 PM Re: snow tragedy [Re: OldBaldGuy]
CJK Offline
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Registered: 08/14/05
Posts: 475
Loc: FL, USA
I'm with OBG.....

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#160802 - 01/01/09 06:59 PM Re: snow tragedy [Re: Russ]
Brangdon Offline
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Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1200
Loc: Nottingham, UK
Originally Posted By: Russ
There's no getting around it, he was the adult and father; it was his job to know that walking 10 miles in a blizzard was a bad idea.
As ever, I'm reluctant to judge at this distance, especially as the account in that article is a bit muddled. Specifically, it says he never intended that they walk 10 miles in a blizzard. He thought the mother was going to pick them up much closer.

She denies it. The cousin said it was arranged by phone and the mother says no call was made. I think I'd want to see the phone records. Was it arranged a few days earlier and she forgot? It's hard to tell. Why was it a friend and not the mother who first contacted police?
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