Gut Rumbles

February 04, 2004


State police said that Stephen Pappadake was speeding and passing other cars illegally on Mahopac Avenue in Somers when he lost control of his car, swerved to avoid another vehicle, crashed and died.

Police estimated that Pappadake, a 17-year-old Mahopac High School student, was going lots of stupid things begind the wheel. This one of those idiotic lawsuits where the plaintiffs should be run out of the court room with fire hoses and the laywer should be hanging nekkid from his testicles in the town square for two days, Read yourself

>blockquote>Police estimated that Pappadake, a 17-year-old Mahopac High School student, was doing 80 mph in a 30 mph zone on the morning of April 29, 2003, when he lost control of his Honda sedan after passing several cars in a no-passing zone.

But a lawsuit filed this month in Putnam County Court seeks to place the blame for Pappadake's death on the driver of one of the vehicles he passed. The suit, filed on behalf of Pappadake's estate and his parents, Robert P. and Nancy Pappadake, names a Putnam Valley woman who allegedly drove a Jeep Cherokee that Pappadake passed as the cause of the fatal crash.

The sad part of this story is that the bastards probably will get some money out of it.

The lawsuit said that the driver of that vehicle, Christina Swartzwelder, caused the crash by "carelessness and negligence" and that Pappadake was not at fault.

"The defendants were careless, negligent in the ownership, management, operation and control of their motor vehicle; in allowing and permitting the motor vehicle to be operated at a dangerous and excessive rate of speed under the circumstances."

It also claims the Swartzwelders failed to "exercise due care and control" of the vehicle on the road, failed to "make timely, proper and adequate use of the brakes" and did not "observe and take heed of the traffic and road conditions."

Forget what the dead doofus did. It was another car's fault.


Well, the doofus can't share his Darwin Award, can he?

Posted by: Rivrdog on February 4, 2004 11:33 AM

I live for day common sense rules again..
will it be in our lifetime? It's too bad they don't have law against greed...(only has one phone line--> :) Trease)

Posted by: Trease on February 4, 2004 11:46 AM

I blame whatever Pappa Doc crashed into. Was it the Earth?

Posted by: Ga-ne-sha on February 4, 2004 12:17 PM

Now that is crazy!

Posted by: dragonfly jenny on February 4, 2004 12:34 PM

Anyone who does 80 in a honduh while in a residential neighborhood deserves what they get, be it taking residence in a pine box or spending the rest of their lives in prison for killing someone.

Leave the speedy stuff to those of us who can do it safely, sonny.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on February 4, 2004 01:08 PM

It ain't ever anyone's fault, it is ALWAYS somebody else that is to blame. This is a part of what is wrong with America today. Not to mention the blood sucking lawyers who will soon have all of our money and all of our freedom. Bastards. Just another example of why we need tort refrorm. Loser pays litigation is the only thing that will help prevent frivolous suits like this one that is surely being pushed by some idiot plaintiffs attorney who is gambling that he and his client will get some dough. Bastards.

Posted by: FloridaBill on February 4, 2004 01:32 PM

Perhaps the drivers of the other cars this teenager was passing should file lawsuits against his family for the undue emotional distress and danger they were wrongfully subjected to due to the deliberate reckless behavior of their son. I'm thinking that if someone is passing me in a no passing zone and exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 50 MPH, that's threatening me with unlawful great bodily harm. Just my two cents...

Posted by: Jamie on February 4, 2004 07:25 PM

Only in America...i think the UK is slowly reaching your same high standard of blame culture.

Posted by: Nickk on February 5, 2004 07:35 AM

It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.

Posted by: Rose Michael on March 18, 2004 12:15 AM

i went to school with him, he was a friend from 6th grade, right till the day he died in 11th, i remember the day clearly. what he did was stupid, and yes his parents are kinda stupid in filing the law suit, but the point hes 17 and his lifes over, you dont have to call him a doofus.

Posted by: max on April 7, 2004 01:51 AM

Describing is not knowing.

Posted by: Latman Jane on May 2, 2004 05:16 PM

An ideal person is not a tool.

Posted by: Campbell Jamie on May 3, 2004 04:35 AM

You do a good work, keep it going

Posted by: Reed Melissa on May 20, 2004 10:17 AM
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