Thursday, October 23, 2008


Eaton Township – Officials have released the name of the driver who was killed Wednesday afternoon as 17-year-old Billy Krakora of Grafton. The name of the passenger has not yet been released

Krakora and his passenger were killed instantly according to officials after the car struck a tree.

Krakora and his teenage passenger had just left Midview High School. They were eastbound on West Capel Road between Durkee and Avon Belden Road (Rt 83) when their car went off the right side of the road and slammed into a tree. The collision into the tree ripped the car into pieces – spreading debris throughout the large front yard.

Troopers say the two young men were both wearing their seatbelts and said speed did play a factor in the crash. Although an exact speed has not been determined, witnesses speculate 90 to 100mph. Some officials have said they believe it could have been in excess of 100mph. On Krakora’s MySpace page he displays photographs of his car as well as others he had hoped to own and drive. He wrote about speed touting his “fastest quarter mile time of 13.98 at 103MPH.

Krakora also wrote about how he messed up his freshman year of High School but vowed that things would be different – “I’m done fucking off, trying my hardest now.”

Listed as his favorite things to do, Football, Basketball, riding 4 wheelers and working on his brother’s race cars. He wrote about his love of cars; “I love to race but I only race my car at the track because street racing is illegal:-).I drive a 2005 srt-4.I love my car to death:).”

Grief Counselors will be on hand Thursday to assist any student who is struggling with the loss of the two young men.

Personal note: I don’t want to see the Firefighters and Troopers forgotten in all of this. Try to imagine the images that they will live with now for the rest of their lives. Veteran Troopers, Firefighters and the Towing Service Operators spoke about how, even with all of their years of service and seeing some bad scenes – this was by far the worst they had ever seen. Even with emotions running high, these men and women performed their duties professionally – even with the heavy hearts.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their is also a photo of his first sppeding ticket in this car. He was bragging about it. The caption said "First ticket going 70 in a 50.Racing In construction zone."

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Personaly believe the cell phone use by youth today is a major distraction and cause of many of today's accdents

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you and god bless you Terry...
-A firefighter/EMT who was on that call

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The age that CHILDREN can get a license should be raised to 18. I do not believe that CHILDREN that are 15 1/2 years old should or need to behind the wheel of a car. Yes, some might say that their CHILDREN are mature enough at that age to drive and I'm sure some are but I think the majority of them are not. Teenagers think that they know everything and nothing will happen to them. A lot of them think only of themselves. I think there should be more maturity before they can be behind the wheel. It is a privledge and not a right. I think they should be older. My thoughts and prayers are with the families. I'm so sorry for your losses. May God Bless you.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Brittany31 said...


1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know this is the only news source to mention the effect on the firefighters,THANK YOU!

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

Brittany31...I dont think that that comment was meant in a mean way. No one is trying to be perfect. He did not deserve to loose his life. However it was a pattern of behavior that led to this. It is a TERRIABLE thing. Also am I wrong in saying that only junior and seniors are allowed to drive to school? Why was he driving to school being a sophmore? I know he was 17 but still. Terry thanks for mentioning the firefighters,cops,emts, and tow truck drivers it just shows you really care.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous kevin said...

Billy had just past my house on grafton eastern on his way home the same day, he stopped to say whatsup and asked if i needed a ride but i was alrdy almost home so i said no, this gets me to rethink a few things, r.i.p billy.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont think age had anything to do with it. i work on a a fire dept and in an er and people are careless at all ages and it doesnt matter .

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when peaple get behind the wheel of a vehicle they don't care about the other peaple on the road all they care about is them selfs and how fast they can get to were they are going. I live on Rt. 57 near the school and its bad. Peaple honk thier horns at me when im trying to turn into my driveway, give me the finger, pull in my drive a curse me. When you get behind the wheel of a vehicle get a life.Terry thanks for careing about the first responders and tow pros. My heart goes to the families.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it lookes like he died in something he loved doing. I am sure he is happy that he passed doing something he loved rather then something dumb. I am sure he didnt wanted anything bad to happen to anyone!

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heartfelt thoughts to both families. I am SO sorry for your loss. The crash scene looks horrific but it looked like it was instant for both of them.

May you get some comfort knowing that their deaths will save others. Kids do learn and even my daughter learned a valuable lesson today from the pictures. She also has a lead foot and nothing we have said has gotten thru to her -but these pictures did.

God bless you both and god bless the children.

A midview parent

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

Can I ask a question? Did this boy live on Robson Rd?

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Well it lookes like he died in something he loved doing. I am sure he is happy that he passed doing something he loved rather then something dumb. I am sure he didnt wanted anything bad to happen to anyone!

6:01 PM

To the person who posted this. Are you out of your mind? You can't be serious with this comment. The something he loved was something dumb to be done on a roadway; and 2 people are dead.

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dodge SRT-4 is a VERY FAST CAR!They are supercharged race cars that are used mainly,for street racing or drag racing on a track.If he had the boost configurated for racing,his speed was about 120-130mph!!The rear end lost down force(rear wheels off the road).That road is not that smooth and he lost control.I have an SRT-8 300C,I have driven an SRT-4,IT SCARED ME.They are to fast for there size!!17 OR 27 YRS.OLD NO ONE COULD HAVE CONTROLLED THAT CAR,AT THAT SPEED.MY PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Patsy said...

Regardless of the right or the wrong of the situation, two families are suffering the loss of two young men who was someone important to them.
These young men were someone's sons, brothers, nephews, cousins and grandchildren and someone's friend.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families and the friends of these two young men.
I am also praying for the EMS, Fire, Police and Tow Truck operator who responded to this scene.

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Keystone Student said...

I only met Billy once, which was at a football game. His car was very nice and and got up to speed very quickly. I remember when he pulled in to the football stadium that day, he made it from Grafton To the Keystone High Football stadium in around 5 to 7 minutes to be exact. He loved driving and he loved speed. Billy was a very nice kid and got along with everyone. He will be remembered and missed very much.
I know what its like to lose a very close person/classmate considering our school went through it last week. My heart goes out to the families and all the frinds/classmates. R.I.P Billy. You will be in our hearts forever!

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all good job you do great work I am a firefighter/ paramedic and have seen all kinds of accidents and common sense lacks all our minds sometimes, no matter our age the point is God takes us all for a reason and I believe it does not matter what he was doing God wanted both these young men and he took them. God bless all his family and friends for there loss. and again Terry You are a great man. P.s I will reveal my self to you later. God bless both men and there loved ones and lets talk positive about them no matter how wrong they are they are all human and all have a past.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart goes out the family and friends of these two young men.

Also my thoughts are with those first responders that put on their lights and sirens to find what will be the most horrific scene of their careers. Please remember folks, the men and woman from the Eaton Township Fire Department that showed up there yesterday afternoon are volunteers. I can tell you over the years I have heard some whoppers, as my father and brother are both on the department, one of in this picture. I know from experience when they don't talk about an accident or a fire it is the worst. Let's just say there hasn't been much said.

Thank you for your is appreciated, please keep up the good work. You are in my prayers!

10:50 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Terry, You will know who this is after this comment! I was on scene Wednesday and in all my years working with you I have never seen anything like this was! My heart goes out to the families of this children! And i myself will need sometime to mend!! Keep up your good work you are very important to all of us in the emergency service!

A Fire Chiefs Wife!!!!!!

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is truly a sad thing. When are the kids of Midview, and everywhere else, going to STOP seeing a memorial page in their yearbook? I graduated in 1992 and I believe from 1989-1992 the school lost at least one student per year, most of the deaths accidental and many traffic related. It is so sad to think what might have been and how one act can hurt so many people.

3:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen people, two children are dead....Thank God, there weren't more kids in the car or another car involved. It was tragic and people need to use this event as a learning experience. I call it an event and not an accident because it isn't an accident when you drive at such a high speed...then you are tempting fate.
It doesn't matter how old they were or what the driving age should matters that two boys are gone. There are people in all age groups that aren't responsible enough to operate a vehicle.
Show your children these graphic pictures; explain to then that at their ages, they aren't invincible. If you know that your kid has a lead foot, take their driving privileges away until they are responsible enough to drive---so what if it is inconvenient for you and you have to wake up and drive your kid to school....isn't it better than having them die like these two boys did???
Explain to them that these kids are dead..they are gone..they ended their lives suddenly and hopefully painlessly....what about the parents, siblings, friends and teachers that were left behind? What about the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins??? What about the fire personnel, the EMT’s, the Police Officers ??? What about the tow truck operators??? What impact did this awful crash have on them? It wasn’t sudden and painless for these people on the scene of such a horrific crash.
Thank you Terry! Thank you for doing such a tasteful story on this tragic crash!

My heart goes out to the families of these boys and my prayers to the emergency responders. I am also a FF/EMT and my first thought when I heard the radio traffic on this call was thank God the call I had just come back from wasn't the one Eaton Twp. was on.

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I probably shouldnt submit this because it will just be torn to shreds by some of you. I have been a professional firefighter and EMT for 23 years now and have seen alot, and this crash ranks up there, although not the worse I have seen. My heart goes out to ALL family, friends, classmates and emergency services workers that are dealing with this incident. I just want to take a moment, during National Teen Driver Safety Week which is this week, and maybe point out some lessons learned from this tragedy. First and foremost...speed. Goes without saying anything further. If you feel you must speed and love going fast, please take it to one of the three racetracks in our area. Secondly, after looking at the picutres, there seems to be no tread on this vehicles tires, hence a contributing factor in traction loss on the pavement. Thirdly, and probably going to be the most controversal, is the type of vehicle a fairly new driver is operating. This vehicle was designed for speed and nothing else, as passed on from an anonymous post here. I cannot fathom the thought process of letting this child operate such a vehicle with such little driving experience. Especially after demostrating a disregard for the speed limit and others. If receiving a speeding ticket, in a construction zone of all places, does not send a red flag up, I guess nothing will. Parents everywhere, please talk with your children again, about thier driving habits, whether they are good or bad and talk about this tragedy and how to avoid this from happening to your loved ones. "That wont happen to me" is not an response to your conversation with them. It can, and it will. God Bless all of you involved here, and stay smart and stay safe, please.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't help but notice neither of these children had a father figure in their life and one of the kids mothers passed away. It's important that as aunts, uncles, siblings, grandparents that we help take care of these kids before its too late.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the last comment about father figure, how disgusting of a comment. you obviously don't know these kids or families. just because their biological father maybe wasn't in the picture doesn't mean they didn't have DADS. like the old saying anyone can be a father but it takes someone very special to be a dad. your comment destroys me. first of all yes it's important to have dads but if you don't it doesn't mean you can't grow up a good person! god give some credit to the mothers out there raising kids with no help!! i don't know richards grandfather personally only what i have heard, which to me sounds like a wonderful man. and as for billy he has a wonderful DAD. don't be so quick to judge if you don't know the facts! jen

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comment about father figures is crude. If you read the obits you would see the grandparents were raising the one boy and the other boys father passed away but has a step father!!!!!!

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

um of course an srt4 scared you, yoru srt8 300 is far to heavey to ever be fast, an overweight turd. so please dont say this is a fast car, the ked was a bully and pressed his luck. more like way to much immaturity and not way too much horsepower.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't care if these boys had parents or not. The car was way to much for a boy his age to be driving. Children that age need a smaller car with a whole lot of less speed. I am thankful my son's and now their son's are driving small less speed cars, although we all know things happen that are not their fault. Only God can be sure of what will happen. God bless the families who I know are really hurting.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Shannon. said...

blah blah blah.
you didn't know a thing about him.
i rode in his car every single day
to & from school. he was the best.
we'd go soo fast. nothing ever
happened. cool, he raced. he was
fearless. you know how much greif
weve been going through? seriously, shame on you guys for even ACTING like you know what your talking about. he was a great guy & for those of you that think you can just sit on here say "oh he shouldnt have been going that fast, or he shouldve have a seatbelt on" get a life. cuz billy was the bestest friend someonee could have, he did anything for anyone. you didn't know a thing about him!
rip. biwwy.
miss you man, :/

7:35 PM  

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