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Old 02-01-2010, 10:09 PM   #151
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I am so sad for you and your family. May the support of this community bring you and your loved ones some peace.
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:50 PM   #152
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I am so sorry Kevin! This is disgusting! I don't understand how these people can sleep at night? I left a comment in the Orlando Sentinel too.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:32 AM   #153
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Kevin, I wish there were some words I could string together to take your sorrow and replace it with peace, but if they exist I sure couldn't think of them.

It's so hard to lose a parent and I can't imagine the anger and frustration when there is someone at whom you can point a finger and say, "You did this." And then to lose the opportunity...

I'm really and truly sorry. I hope you are able to get some peace some day.

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Old 02-02-2010, 07:31 AM   #154
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I don't get a chance to get on the boards too often these days but I saw this post and read though it and the referenced articles. My heart aches for you and your family. Thank you for sharing this. I hope that as a result of the outpouring of sentiments you can help get laws changed so people like this are gotten off the roads.

A number of years ago things like this seemed to happen with alcohol abuse pretty often. At that time I had 2 family members with drinking problem who htought nothing of getting in a car while under the influence. They were each arrested for drunken driving and given back their licensez with a slap on the wrist a number of times. Yes alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases but that does not give them any excuse to be on the roads. I was glad when the laws were changed and one of my family members ended up in jail and the other lost their driving license for a long time. It made the roads safer but it also had the effect of helping them each clean up. Changing the lasws certainly won't force people to clean up but it can get them off the roads

The same thing needs to happen with drugs and in every state. People need to be held accountable for their actions and no family should have to suffer what yous has gone though.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:47 AM   #155
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Kevin, I'm VERY sorry for your loss and now your family has to go through this.

This article enraged me. Although I live in NYC I will do or sign whatever is need to get this man prosecuted. Not only for the Close family but for anyone else that happens to cross the street and get hit by someone that IS under the influence.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:57 AM   #156
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Kevin - how is your Mom doing?
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:19 PM   #157
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Kevin, I'm so sorry your family is being subjected to such an injustice on top of the grief of losing your loved one. It truly is an outrage and I hope our voices are heard!
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:44 PM   #158
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This is awful. I'm so sorry.
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:35 PM   #159
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Kevin, you don't know me but I was aghast when I read the article about your Dad's death. I cannot phathom what you and your mother are going through right now. I feel such outrage and disbelief that our judicial system is that flawed. The day that you can't convict someone for DUI or I think "Vehicular Manslaughter" when he is visibly impaired from the cocaine, marijuana and syringes they found in his car is the day we need to scrap the current system and start over. I would pursue something in Civil Court and run a campaign against the current State Attorney in the upcoming election......Your Dad needs justice!!!!!!!! My deepest Sympathy.

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Old 02-03-2010, 01:50 PM   #160
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Kevin, I'm so sorry to hear this.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:59 PM   #161
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Kevin, so sorry to hear this. So sad to see another flaw in the justice system, I'll be keeping your family in my prayers.
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Old 02-03-2010, 03:57 PM   #162
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I've been lurked on the boards for a couple of years, and a regular listener to the podcast.

I felt your pain and understand your families frustration, six years ago my brother was killed by a drunk driver on his way to work.

Charges were later dropped by our crown prosecution service (UK) and the killer got off.

I'm thinking of you and your family at this sad time.
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:43 PM   #163
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Kevin I am so sorry, I cannot believe how sick that story made me feel. I do not know what is going on in St. Cloud's Justice department, but it is most definitely NOT JUSTICE! My thoughts go out to you and your family.
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:23 PM   #164
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I just want to express to you and your family that I am sorry... this is so unreal how the system ruled in this tragic case. May the Lord bless you and your family.
I will remember you, John, and your family in my prayers.
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:15 PM   #165
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Outrage doesn't even to begin to describe this. This is truly a crime against humanity. We hear that phrase often, and sometimes as sarcasm, but in this case it is accurate.

What stuns me is the very first sentence. They refer to the driver as a "drug abuser." Ok, so clearly this is a KNOWN issue for this person. And yet the charges get dropped?!?!

I have read the posts about writing letters, etc. But do you have any legal recourse here? Is there any type of appeals process?

This is just so fundamentally wrong.
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