Thursday, October 23, 2008


A complete photo gallery has been posted from Wednesday’s double fatal car crash in Eaton Township. I received many Emails and phone calls asking if and when a gallery would be posted. The reason for the delay is that I wanted to make sure, as with every story, that the photos posted are appropriate for publication.

Make no mistake, the images are graphic and can be disturbing – but important. The photos should be viewed as a learning tool for all of us.

~Excerpt from a press release dated 10.21.2008 from the Ohio Department of Public Safety~
“Car crashes continue to be the number one cause of death among teens. In Ohio, in 2007, 84 teens between the age of 16 and 19 died while driving in motor vehicle crashes and more than 10,000 teen drivers were injured. There were 36 deaths of teens between those ages who were passengers in crashes. In 2006, more than 5,000 teens lost their lives in teen driver-related crashes nationwide, and most were preventable.”



Anonymous Heather said...

I have two things to say. WOW. and God Bless all involved.

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are the ones that just make you feel numb. Veteran Firefighter

9:50 PM  
Anonymous rlm-Lorain said...

I hope the next time some "know-it-all" decides to make derogatory comments regarding any of our first responders, that they remember these photos and realize what these men and women must take home with them each and every night. Very sobering indeed.....

God bless all of our emergency personnel, regardless of their affiliation.

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To those first responders involved, I am a paramedic myself and thank you for what you do. I know most of you and respect you all. I hope this does not stop you from doing your job. I wont reveal my name but work at EMH er and see you all on a regular basis. I hope you all stick together and get past this. Remember sometimes crying is what helps. God bless all of you. That goes for everyone who was on scene. Keep the good work. God bless family and friends of the victims too.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Starting off with the person whom makes the comments regarding first responders. It is not just car accidents like these that we take home. These car accidnets are unforgiving to families, friends, and all first repsonders:including all who show up on scenes,ex. ems, fire, police, and towing companies. We witness all the mistakes drivers make, whether wreckless or not. Everyone remember accidents are that....ACCIDENTS. Some, like this one,are more careless. First responders do see and deal with what we will call, "bogus calls," but guess what we still have to respond and treat them professionally, due to laws. Remember other comment regarding lawyers, oh and state laws. You do not realize what we do have to deal with. What about the infant that drowns, or family member laying in yard that is not breathing and you walk out and find. We deal with the patients families, friends, by standers, as well as careless drivers that will try to get as close to accidents while we are working, at any cost, including our lives,trying to help the persons in need. Let us not forget the stabbings, shootings, fires and straight out emergency calls where a patient dies with you,knowing you are doing everything you can do, but it is not in our power to stop. Final decision is in a higher powers hand. We enjoy what we do, but at times, as this story, that makes it more difficult. We all take it home, and does not become forgotten. Just as families and friends will not forget. We are the strangers to these people but at the moment we respond to these "calls" we become one on one with that person or persons. So please, do not judge us, or our professions, we are the ones you may be in need of someday, or are you the type that thinks your invincible, because then you are really wrong. No one is.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all family, friends, class mates, and all on scene of this tragic accident.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is very sad story i wish the best for the familys. its sad but an eye opener for many to see what speed does. i was told by a state trooper that comes to my work hes was going 104mph and that was the worst crash ever, he went into details of the boys body and it was not even right he explained it as chopped meat and spine. he also said the boy was warned 100's of times and had a few tickets. this is a sad story i feel for the parents but they needed to take hes keys away long time ago when he got at ticket for doing 70 in a working zone that shows careless on others lives he took hes owns another. very sad lesson learned the hard way.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous bigjohn said...

in 9 years in ems. this is the worst accident i've ever seen. GOD bless the emergency workers, and families. this was a horrible tragedy. if young adults are reading. learn from this terrible accident. please! speed can kill.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing that strikes me most about what I've read is how much it is stressed that this young man was a careless driver. Does that make it easier for the family to deal with? NO! Regardless, two young men lost their lives. Let's keep that in mind and respect the families that have this tragedy to deal with.


2:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Linda- Can't agree with you more. Two careless boys who have devastated their families, their communities and the ones who have to respond to deal with the situations, all because they could not make good sound decisions! This is an accident by definition, but sounds like it could have been avoided completely. Some simple common sense and TMC news would have had a quiet week on the web site.

Terry---Keep up your great work! Your unbiased responsive pictures continue to bring the community to a mutual spot. I am amazed each day at how many people say they have seen your web site or read your blogs or start their morning off by checking your site to see what's going on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the person who wrote about the first responder comment. please it was not meant to dog on people. #1 when the term first responder is used it means all responding people. and #2 don't try to make it look it is so horrible to do this job because in 20 years i can only remember 3 of 4 things that were that bad. No one made you do this job so do not act like it is such a torture. and last of all I agree no one suffers more then loved ones and family. God Bless those young men and there families and Thank You Terry for a great job you are doing. Keep up the good work.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To put things into perspective as to how horrific this crash was, even the coroner's crew said it was the worst they have ever scene. Of course the families suffered a great loss. There is no sense in bashing or chastising those who were lost. The Responders will live with this in the minds forever. We chose this profession to help others. Yes, this is a few and far between incident. But, it only takes on incident like this to completely ruin someone's career and life due to what they had to do while on scene.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad to know that the person writing about 1st responders was not dogging them. The comment made prior to you was not one to sound like torture. It was one to give you and others a small perspective of what it is like in the field. If you have been in the field that long then maybe you should have understood that. It was to give you a perspective of what it is like today on the road. I love my job very much but there are all sorts of obstacles out there just not these horrific accidents. In short it appeared very offensive in the way it was written. I too, as you, have seen horrific things, and just when you think you have seen the worst, another one comes along and you take that one home too. We know not to think that way, but accidnets like this one you can not help but to hope it can not get worse, but yet the next one comes along, unfortunately. I too can not express my sympathies enough to these two boys families and others out there. Even to all first repsonders in all fields.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad I got you on the same page and again did not mean to sound demeaning in anyway, I agree just when you think you have seen it all something else comes along. I always tell people that say they have seen it all there wrong. again you never know in this job what may be next. It may be the last thing we can handle and quite. I have seen it happen to new emt's. My hats go off to all of you that were there and again keep up the good work that you do. God bless you and most important the victims and families involved. Lets hope this tragic event can help save one life just remember it could be any one of us or our families.
let me end by saying Terry you do great work and unlike most reporters you show compassion and use real facts to show the whole picture. keep up the good work we count on you too. God bless all.

10:17 PM  

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