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Seven killed in SUV crash (Vehicle of death alert)
AP ^ | Monday, May 10, 2004

Posted on 05/11/2004 10:01:19 AM PDT by presidio9

A rented SUV was speeding at more than 90 mph when it clipped a car it was trying to pass and veered out of control, killing seven people inside, including four young children, authorities said.

The Ford Explorer went airborne, slammed into trees in the median of Interstate 95 and landed on its roof. The accident happened Sunday about 10 miles west of Bangor in south-central Maine.

Two women and a child died when they were thrown from the SUV, while its other four occupants -- a woman and three children -- died inside. Troopers initially thought five people died, but two additional bodies were found when the SUV was lifted, authorities said.

The victims were from South Portland, and four of the children were 8 or younger, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

Killed were Kelley Armstrong, 28, and her 4-year-old son; Danielle St. Paulin, 29, and her three children; and Hope Gagnon, 29. St. Paulin's children ranged in age from 4 to 8.

The Explorer was rented from Hertz at the Portland International Jet Port earlier in the day.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: suvs; vehicleofdeath
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To: Owl_Eagle

LOL!

(but you spelled to many words correctly)


81 posted on 06/09/2004 9:07:06 AM PDT by netmilsmom (The Libs prefer to silence than debate.-Political Junkie Too)
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To: spunkets
Let me guess. The equivalent of wreckless driving?

I may have overlooked it, but did ANYONE mention WHY this killer's license was suspended?

82 posted on 06/09/2004 9:14:52 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Under the personal care of the Great Physician...full coverage.)
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To: who knows what evil?
"WHY this killer's license was suspended?"

Yes, they caused a significant crash in VA in '97 and failed to compensate those she injured. OSunds like the equivalent of wreckless driving. The thread started on 5/11, it was resurected this AM.

83 posted on 06/09/2004 9:24:29 AM PDT by spunkets
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To: presidio9
"A rented SUV was speeding at more than 90 mph when it clipped a car it was trying to pass and veered out of control, killing seven people inside, including four young children, authorities said. "

I got up this morning, and 3 cigarettes jumped into my mouth...lit themselves and ingested smoke into my being...

...then, just as I was noting how hot it was outside from the global warming, my gun hopped out of the closet, loaded itself, and forced me at gunpoint to get into my SUV...

...still threatening, the gun hopped into the passenger seat, and cocked back its hammer, and said, "start it up".

So I started up the SUV, which then took over; it stopped me from fastening my seat belt,and disabled it own airbags...

out the driveway, down the winding and hilly road they forced me...exceeding 90 mph at times...

...as luck would have it - and due to the melting asphalt on the road from the global warming high tempertures, the SUV lost its footing and went off the road, tumbling over time and time again. This upset the gun, which went off and grazed my shoulder. The three cigarettes fell out of my mouth, into my lap and burned my...

During the skid, the SUV clipped a flower-dy VW bus with a sign on the back saying, "I can't help it, it's the gay gene".

The SUV lay upside down, the gun trapped under the seat...both done for.

The cops showed up and charged me with speeding, reckless driving, possession of a fire arm, discharging a firearm in public, smoking cigarettes in public, and...the ultimate felony...OWNING SUV's.

If it wasn't for pissing off the Heinz-kerry "family"...I'd call for a complete ban on SUV's. Durn things are like guns, they go out and kill people everyday.

Signed

Looking for a Ugo from my jail cell
84 posted on 06/09/2004 9:40:29 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: Owl_Eagle

LOL I needed this today... God bless ya Owl..


85 posted on 06/09/2004 9:47:04 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: Owl_Eagle
DANG!
86 posted on 06/09/2004 10:03:37 AM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Intellectuals exist only if you believe they do. )
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To: hellinahandcart

Oh geez! Well, at least I got to look at Russell Crowe. ;D


87 posted on 06/09/2004 6:12:25 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! -- RIP, President Reagan)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Ewww, gag, Russell Crowe!


88 posted on 06/10/2004 7:20:16 AM PDT by T Minus Four
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To: kenth

Actually, there's a legitimate reason to mention the SUV. Look at the data on deaths and injuries relating to SUV rollovers and you can see why.


89 posted on 06/10/2004 7:23:06 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: BabsC

If I wanted a SUV I'd shop for one. Are all the dealerships pushing these things this way?

It is because they are afraid of getting stuck with them due to increased gas prices and the manufacturers are offering bonuses for sales of SUVs.


90 posted on 06/10/2004 7:39:25 AM PDT by Dasaji (Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming...)
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To: mewzilla

I think if the reason were solely because of a faulty SUV then it would be reason to mention it so prominently. But, the article doesn't say if the people were properly restrained in the vehicle. It does say that they allowed the woman, who had proven herself to not follow the rules that would allow her to retain her driver's license, behind the wheel. It goes on to say that they estimated a speed of 90 mph when they hit trees in the median. I think slamming into trees in the median, along with not using proper restraints - especially on children, did far more to lead to the deaths of those people than merely being inside an SUV.

As with most articles regarding SUVs these days, the author approaches the story with the SUV being an entity of its own. They lay blame on the SUV instead of the person driving it. This is the same ridiculous reasoning that has us looking for nail clippers in airports instead of focusing on young to middle aged muslim men.


91 posted on 06/10/2004 7:56:17 AM PDT by kenth
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To: spunkets
Well, it wasn't completely wreckless.
92 posted on 06/10/2004 8:11:51 AM PDT by rabidralph (I'm the Budweiser Donkey, and I approved this message.)
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To: rabidralph
w Thanks.
93 posted on 06/10/2004 8:41:40 AM PDT by spunkets
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To: giznort

hi, i just wanted to let u know if no one has that the driver didnt rent. kelly did. they had switched drivers a couple miles before the accident happened


94 posted on 08/12/2004 8:12:32 AM PDT by NikinMaine
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To: Xenalyte

hi, i dont know when u posted that question to me, i was just going through emials and found my confirmation email from signing up with my password and login and went to see what it was LOL.. anyway, i was doing a search on the accident because i had just moved away and wanted to get as much info on it as i could to try and figure it all out, and somehow came across this website. i think i went to yahoo and just put in "mothers day crash"


95 posted on 08/12/2004 8:16:35 AM PDT by NikinMaine
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To: hellinahandcart

of course no one knows, but we all have opinions on it


96 posted on 08/12/2004 8:17:31 AM PDT by NikinMaine
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To: LindaSOG

I'll be danged if that picture doesn't remind me of the end scene of "Psycho" when they drag the car out of the quicksand.


97 posted on 08/12/2004 8:19:55 AM PDT by P.O.E. ("Higher Taxes, er, um, I mean, Hope Is On The Way!")
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To: metesky

I agree that they were gimme girls. kelly {the one who rented the SUV but wasnt driving at the time} was a follower.. more than i would say. she was the type of person that would go against her own judgement just to have someone like her. very needy of attention. i didnt know hope, but my grandmother did, i guess she worked at the store near my grams house. she said she was nice. but nice has nothing to do with having ur 3 kids in the car and not even bothering to buckle them in
it made me want to vomit when in the papers they talked about how much she loved her kids and all the functions she took part in. big effin deal.. that doesnt make you a good mother, what makes u a good mother is protecting them and making sure they are safe always.. i guess that included buckling them in and not going 90 weaving through traffic.
i did not know danielle so i have nothing to say on that. she was the one that had decided not to take her children along. from the sounds of it though the only reason was there wasnt much room and she just didnt want to be bothered. either way im glad she didnt.
i still have alot of anger on all the adults. if danielle had bothered to put her s eat belt on, either she was nervous about the way they were driving or she was just cautious and always wore it. either way, she was in the back with those kids and should have made them put theirs on. they probably still would not have lived but she whos to say. either way, at least they wouldnt havnt been found in trees.
as far as fathers go for these kids. i guess hopes husbands, and father of her children had died last yr or some time in the past couple years, i dont know how or exactly when
kelly, as i said was needy for approval so i dont think i need to asy much more on that
danielles kids apparently had a couple different fathers but i dont know much about that


98 posted on 08/12/2004 8:24:41 AM PDT by NikinMaine
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To: Tijeras_Slim

lmao on the kilt. its sick but it was kinda funny


99 posted on 08/12/2004 8:25:57 AM PDT by NikinMaine
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To: Owl_Eagle

i hung out with kelly when i was about 15, when i knew her she was a shy girl. she seemed very intimidated and pretty much just went along with the flow. i liked her alot because out of the group we hung out with she was the most.. moral? what i didnt like though and always felt bad for her about was that she always did what people wanted even if she didnt want to. i think the only blame she really has in this is that she didnt buckle her son in, and that she didnt try to stop hope from going so fast..or who knows, maybe she did, maybe thats why the suv swerved into the breakdown lane. we will never know and maybe thats a good thing that we dont. to me the only one to blame is the driver. the others fault was the seatbelts. i dont think any of them would have survived either way, but those kids should have still had them on


100 posted on 08/12/2004 8:30:20 AM PDT by NikinMaine
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