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Dad saves boy before car plunges down cliff -- and gets pair of Traffic tickets
Foxnews ^ | 5/21/12 | Greg Wilson

Posted on 05/22/2012 3:19:07 PM PDT by KansasGirl

A New Jersey dad got the scare of his life when his 5-year-old son almost ran off a steep embankment, and though the man saved the boy from falling, he couldn't stop his Jeep from going over the precipice and into a river below.

Frank Roder, a construction worker from the town of Winfield Park, had taken his son, Aidan, down to the Rahway River to feed ducks Thursday. But when he stopped briefly before settling on a parking space, the impatient boy jumped out and took off -- straight toward a ledge 35 feet above the river, Roder recalled.

"He hopped out, and I thought that was OK, I was just going to park," Roder, 38, said, but "he just took off, made a beeline for the edge."

The panic-stricken father jumped out of the cab of his 2006 Jeep Commander and raced after the errant boy, catching him just feet from the edge.

That's when Aidan, eyes as big as saucers, looked behind Roder and said, "Um, Daddy ..."

Roder turned in time to see the Jeep nosedive down the embankment and land in the muddy water.

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He was counting his blessings when a young cop approached him and handed him two tickets. One was for failure to produce the insurance card, which was somewhere in the waterlogged cab. The other was for failing to use his emergency brake.

"I couldn't believe it," Roder said. "He said, 'If you would have taken the five seconds to apply the brake, this never would have happened!'

"I say, 'Really? And if I did and my boy stepped over the edge and fell instead of the Jeep, then were would I be?' He says, 'Jail, for child endangerment.'"

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
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1 posted on 05/22/2012 3:19:11 PM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: KansasGirl

I’d say the two events were events were unrelated. lol


2 posted on 05/22/2012 3:22:21 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: KansasGirl

Your tax dollars at work...


3 posted on 05/22/2012 3:22:49 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: KansasGirl

so many power freak cops


4 posted on 05/22/2012 3:24:32 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: KansasGirl

5 yr old is mum...(pssst kid,if your dad mentions getting in a balloon, call the cops)


5 posted on 05/22/2012 3:25:12 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: KansasGirl

It takes him 5 seconds to apply the brake? Must be some crank or something.


6 posted on 05/22/2012 3:27:28 PM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: KansasGirl

So he and his boy are planning to feed the ducks from a 35-foot embankment. Do most people feed ducks from over the side of a cliff? Wouldn’t you need a pretty sturdy arm to throw bread crumbs or something like that to reach the ducks?

I’m probably missing something in the news account but it seems to me like they picked an odd place to interact with waterfowl.


7 posted on 05/22/2012 3:28:56 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Doogle

Are you saying the father set this up? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?


8 posted on 05/22/2012 3:28:56 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Doogle

Are you saying the father set this up? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?


9 posted on 05/22/2012 3:29:02 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Hildy

Shoulda just stayed in the jeep. It would have been much easier to feed the ducks that way.

10 posted on 05/22/2012 3:33:25 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: KansasGirl

I can’t get out of my truck without applying the parking break. It just happens. It’s involuntary.


11 posted on 05/22/2012 3:35:04 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: KansasGirl

He was pretty stupid. Well deserved ticket. Probably should have been arrested. How much fuel and other stuff will go into the stream?


12 posted on 05/22/2012 3:36:11 PM PDT by napscoordinator (VOTE FOR NEWT!!!!)
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To: OrangeHoof

“You killed the car.”


13 posted on 05/22/2012 3:38:20 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Born to Conserve

Have you ever been driving and saw your kid running off a cliff? If the answer is no, then you have no idea how you would react.


14 posted on 05/22/2012 3:39:57 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Hildy

why wasn’t the 5 yr old kid in a car seat?


15 posted on 05/22/2012 3:39:57 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: KansasGirl
"He hopped out, and I thought that was OK, I was just going to park,"

My children and now grandchildren are trained from infancy to remain seated and belted in until instructed otherwise.

I guess some folks are too lazy to teach basic safety to their children. Which is sometimes dealt with through natural selection, come to think of it.

16 posted on 05/22/2012 3:40:51 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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To: Doogle

Great, now you want him to get three tickets!


17 posted on 05/22/2012 3:42:30 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: Hildy

he could’ve.


18 posted on 05/22/2012 3:43:47 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle
why wasn’t the 5 yr old kid in a car seat?

That was my exact thought. The child couldn't possibly have been properly restrained.

Did the father report it to the press hoping to get sympathy or make the police look bad? He deserved those tickets.
19 posted on 05/22/2012 3:46:11 PM PDT by Shannon
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To: Doogle

A five year old is perfectly capable of unfastening a seat belt on a booster seat.


20 posted on 05/22/2012 3:51:36 PM PDT by Politicalmom (THIS IS NOT A GOP CHEERLEADING SITE!!!)
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To: Politicalmom
A five year old is perfectly capable of unfastening a seat belt on a booster seat.

A properly trained five year old does not unbuckle and jump out of the car without permission.

21 posted on 05/22/2012 3:53:52 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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To: Politicalmom

if the motors running when the dad lets him


22 posted on 05/22/2012 3:56:22 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: OrangeHoof

So who’s the U-boat commander?


23 posted on 05/22/2012 3:56:53 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: Shannon

I agree totally.


24 posted on 05/22/2012 4:00:59 PM PDT by Diggity
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To: Jeff Chandler

Must be nice to have perfect kids. All the five year olds I have known could be quite unpredictable when they got excited.


25 posted on 05/22/2012 4:03:14 PM PDT by Politicalmom (THIS IS NOT A GOP CHEERLEADING SITE!!!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

And that has nothing to do with my point, which was that he could easily have been in the proper car seat and have gotten out.


26 posted on 05/22/2012 4:04:43 PM PDT by Politicalmom (THIS IS NOT A GOP CHEERLEADING SITE!!!)
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To: Shannon

None of this smells right. A kid who should have been strapped in gets out above a 35 foot cliff where they were going to feed the ducks? Frankly, if a car can roll down the hill into the water and still start, it’s not exactly a steep, life threatening drop - more like the kind of thing I’d have jumped off at that age just for fun. I’ll bet a dollar the guy either forgot to put it in park or set the brake and he cooked up this story to save face. “Just don’t tell mommy...”


27 posted on 05/22/2012 4:10:53 PM PDT by stormer
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To: napscoordinator

Less damage than if the cop’s co-workers spend three days dragging the river for the kid’s body.

(I’m hoping that you forgot to take the 5 sec. to set your “/sarcasm” tag)


28 posted on 05/22/2012 4:32:02 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: KansasGirl

99.9% of the police are a-holes. Sanctioned looting of the taxpayers.


29 posted on 05/22/2012 4:34:27 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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30 posted on 05/22/2012 4:44:19 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: KansasGirl
"I say, 'Really? And if I did and my boy stepped over the edge and fell instead of the Jeep, then were would I be?' He says, 'Jail, for child endangerment.'"

I'd take the tickets but the cops are nuts in this case!!

31 posted on 05/22/2012 4:55:31 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: KansasGirl

I didn’t see a sign that says, ‘no trespassing’ or ‘no parking’...Why the ticket???


32 posted on 05/22/2012 5:01:34 PM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: KansasGirl

Failure to use parking brake = you just caused a lot of people a pain in the arse getting you ride out of that river

Failure to produce insurance = Cop is an a**hole revenue generator and a good little jack boot for the state.


33 posted on 05/22/2012 5:04:27 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: KansasGirl

Any chance the story about having to save child was made up?


34 posted on 05/22/2012 5:22:51 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Politicalmom
Must be nice to have perfect kids.

Not perfect. We just take the time to train them in basic safety and to respect certain hard fast rules because otherwise their naturally unpredictable behavior could lead to tragedy. It's not rocket surgery. But I know that many parents feel differently about such things and as I said, natural selection sometimes comes into play as a consequence of laissez faire parenting.

By the way, I don't blame the kid. The father is obviously a fool. At least his idiocy resulted in comedy rather than tragedy.

35 posted on 05/22/2012 5:24:40 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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To: ExCTCitizen
the cops are nuts in this case!!

The guy let his car crash into the river. They should have ticketed him for Driving While Stupid.

36 posted on 05/22/2012 5:27:51 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Are you a cop?


37 posted on 05/22/2012 5:29:04 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

Failure to produce insurance = No fine, just show the court your insurance papers.

Failure to Control Vehicle = Could have been a big fine.


38 posted on 05/22/2012 5:31:17 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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To: Iscool
I didn’t see a sign that says, ‘no trespassing’ or ‘no parking’...Why the ticket???

No boating permit. No life vests.

39 posted on 05/22/2012 5:33:21 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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To: KansasGirl
We hear only this guy's side of the story and we're supposed to believe it. I witnessed a "situation" when I was in high school. It was reported the next day in the paper with the guy sounding as innocent than Jesus Christ in front of Pontius Pilate. The reporter only interviewed the perpetrator and all everyone heard was his whine story. If the reporter would have asked any of us spectators, it would have been discovered that the guy was lucky the cop didn't shoot his belligerent butt. The tickets the guy got that day were well-deserved.
40 posted on 05/22/2012 5:55:39 PM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: CommerceComet

“as innocent as” instead of “as innocent than”. Sorry.


41 posted on 05/22/2012 5:57:50 PM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

You are channeling the church lady. You know that don’t you?


42 posted on 05/22/2012 6:00:51 PM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

You are channeling the church lady. You know that don’t you?


43 posted on 05/22/2012 6:01:02 PM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: KansasGirl; traviskicks; bamahead; 2ndDivisionVet; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; GOPsterinMA

Police carping strikes again.


44 posted on 05/22/2012 6:24:21 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Jeff Chandler
A properly trained five year old does not unbuckle and jump out of the car without permission

I've had kids and grandkids and you're the first person I've known of that everything goes according to plan when they're 5. Parents can "properly train" all day long, and the kid will surprise you nonetheless. A properly trained parent knows that, expects it, and prepares for it.

45 posted on 05/22/2012 6:39:37 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: Tennessean4Bush
You are channeling the church lady. You know that don’t you?

Because I think a guy who can't control a five year old is a pathetic fool?

I really don't care if you let your kids jump out of your car before it's parked. Forgive me when I laugh at your water-logged car.

46 posted on 05/22/2012 6:45:46 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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To: PistolPaknMama
you're the first person I've known of that everything goes according to plan when they're 5.

I'm reviewing the thread to see where I claimed that. Hmmm. Nope. Can't find it.

The man is obviously an idiot who does not have control of his kid.. I deduced that from viewing the photo of his car in a freaking river.

47 posted on 05/22/2012 6:55:15 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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I deduced that from viewing the photo of his car in a freaking river.

When I was first married, we came outside to discover that my new husband's car was half submerged in a pond. I was obviously an idiot that didn't have control over my new husband. That made me a bad wife? Sometimes stuff just happens. If the kid had been floating in the river instead of the car, our dialogue would be a whole lot different.

48 posted on 05/22/2012 7:14:06 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: PistolPaknMama
When I was first married, we came outside to discover that my new husband's car was half submerged in a pond. I was obviously an idiot that didn't have control over my new husband. That made me a bad wife?

That's what you get for marrying a five year old.

49 posted on 05/22/2012 7:38:57 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank. - Montgomery Scott)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Is your middle name Richard?


50 posted on 05/22/2012 7:45:26 PM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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