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Reader: Don't blame the victim in hit-and-run tragedy

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Our update about the hit-and-run death of young Mikey Espinoza focused on reports that the alleged driver was street-racing at the time of impact. But a number of our readers noted that eleven-year-old Mikey was out at 8 p.m. This implicit criticism earned a sharp rebuke from one person.

Keith A. Badje writes:

8PM! The day before a holiday! How dare an 11 and 14 year old be out in public at that time! For a serious answer: given demographics of the area, there's a good chance the parents have no car. Also, up until maybe 10-15 years ago, it was normal for kids to go out and play without parents around until 9 or 10 at night. Don't blame the victim.

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Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

Sterling The Sperm Sucker Meeks is just the kind of PATHETIC Liar without-a-Life who tries to make complaints, but has NO PROOF he ever purchased what he's COMPLAINING about !

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

Where do get your STUPID SHIT - the Gay Bars you hang out in, as a Review of the Better Business Bureau in Denver SHOWS no 'Valid Complaints' on my business, you LYING Sack of Shit !!!

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

uhhhh jaywalking. technically the kid is at fault. pedestrian right away isn't applicable.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"Seriously - did you grow up with your parents attached to your ass?" With Drotar, it was the other way around....and still is. LuLz

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

i have a history of running train on your mom with the 11 year olds i find running around federal blvd

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

You're right, Danny "Butt" Boy. The truly "smart kids" and "good" citizens blatantly rip off their customers and threaten them with frivolous lawsuits after said customers issue valid complaints.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Yes, because we expect 11-yr-olds to be restrained on leashes like pets, though given your history, Drotar, I bet you still enjoy it even well into your adult years.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

You missed an apostrophe in "I'm," Mr. Grammar Nazi, sir.

Clint Jahn
Clint Jahn

8 PM isn't very late at all, and that is not a safe street to race on.

Lynn Stiles
Lynn Stiles

so often the media shifts it's attention to the other guy. I don't care what anyone says. how dare you blame the victim. It is the state law, the pedestrian has the right of way!!! please feel free to check my facts. now the victims parents have to shoulder the expense and deal with the fact their child will never come home. And to run away like a child, to consult with his mommy???? please! this is exactly why my son has no drivers license. and he is 27! think about the car or the 1000 lb. weapon of mass destruction you are handing over to your children and or your young adults. and the values you teach them about driving. it sickens me to hear about hit and runs. that's what this is about? right? a hit and run.

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

I don't feel like the kids should have been out walking alone at night, and I don't think it was good judgment to cross the street where they did, but I'm not their parent. The bottom line...the driver was careless and should have stopped to render aid NO MATTER WHAT! (lots of nasty things to say about him, but it's not at all constructive)

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

Oh SURE, as GOOD Mothers & Smart Kids ALWAYS 'PLAY on Federal Blvd. traffic @ 8 dark 30 on Sunday nights - Jaywalking Gangsta's & Mexican Gangs RACE UP & DOWN Federal Blvd. ???

Mandy Duran
Mandy Duran

this is disgusting to put blame on the parents... not only are they burying there child now they are being questioned as parents! what kid does everything there parent tells them to or what person has the right to say these people didn't watch over there child... the fact is this man hit him and left him for dead with no care for his well being or family... how would you feel and would you like your parenting skills being challenged when the boy was 11 and should be given more freedoms...shame on judgments....

Kristi Adducci
Kristi Adducci

"Where were the parents??" Seriously - did you grow up with your parents attached to your ass? Growing up we'd stay out late - without our parents - play in the parks and yards of the neighborhoods. All the DRIVER had to do was stop. Where were his parents? If we are blaming parents - let's blame his for not teaching him that hitting a kid in the street is bad and you need to stop.

Gwen Holly
Gwen Holly

The other day I was driving down wadsworth doing the posted speed limit. Kids ran right in front of my car, and I had to slam my brakes. I could've hit them, difference is I would've stopped. The question that ran through my mind was, before parents let their children loose in the street do they not teach the safety? Looking both ways,crossing at a cross walk and letting kids know sometimes people in cars can't see you. Even when I cross a busy street at a cross walk I still am very aware of what's going on around me. People are so distracted.

Gwen Holly
Gwen Holly

When I was a kid I was allowed to play out in the neighborhood unsupervised. Not federal blvd. I at 29 years old wouldn't walk federal. Yes that asshole shouldn't have been speeding and he shouldve stopped. He is definitely at fault. Also Kids shouldn't have been jay walking unattended on a well known busy,cruising,street racing area.

Erin Kolsky
Erin Kolsky

Being in the street has a very real consequence. Getting bit by a car.

Mia Lovely Harris
Mia Lovely Harris

It don't matter if he's a 11 yr old kid or a 40 yr old man that mf still ran him over n kept goin makes no since to b racing down a busy hot ass street like federal anyways around 8 wen there is still traffic. So don't blame the victim or his family blame the bastard who left that baby n middle of the fuccn street!!

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