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how does this happen?????

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by MurderSluts, Jul 15, 2004.

  1. MurderSluts

    MurderSluts Junior Member

    Joined: May 6, 2004 Messages: 221 Likes Received: 1
    http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Midwest/07/14/m...s.ap/index.html

    BELLAIRE, Michigan (AP) -- Authorities misidentified two teens in an auto crash that killed one and left the other in critical condition, stunning parents who realized their son was alive after seeing the wrong body in the casket.

    For days, one family kept a bedside vigil for a bandaged-up boy whom they believed was their badly injured 16-year-old relative. Meanwhile, the other family prepared to bury the boy they thought was their dead 17-year-old relative.

    But the moment Patrick Bement's parents saw the face of the boy in the casket at the funeral home, they feared a terrible mistake had been made.

    "We told them, 'It's not our son. It's not Patrick,"' said Michele Bement, the boy's stepmother.

    The Antrim County Sheriff's Office confirmed the error Wednesday and said it was conducting an investigation to determine what happened. Sheriff Terry L. Johnson offered condolences and apologies to the families of both teens.

    Deputies said they were in the process of using dental records and fingerprints to positively identify the person killed in Saturday's accident on U.S. 131 north of Alba, about 35 miles from Traverse City.

    Relatives said the victim was Nathaniel Smith, 16.

    "You can't even put to words the emotions, other than what an immense, gross tragedy -- a double tragedy," said Smith's uncle, Steve Bohatch.

    The crash happened as Bement, Smith and their 17-year-old male driver were headed home after spending several days at a cottage in northern Michigan. Their Saturn crossed the center-line and struck a camper being hauled by a pickup truck, deputies said.

    The Saturn driver was the only person in the car wearing a seat belt and escaped with minor injuries.

    Deputies said they found Bement's identification near the body, which was ejected from the car, and believed the body to be his. Smith's wallet and identification were in the trunk, and the officers at the scene believed Smith was in the back seat with major head and facial injuries.

    On Monday, Bement's parents gathered at a Grand Rapids funeral home to prepare for visitation services and to view their son's body.

    What they saw shocked them: The boy, who had straight hair, did not look at all like their curly haired son. Instead, the boy looked like Smith.

    "They had told us to be prepared for a shock because it didn't look like him," Michele Bement said. "They kept saying it was because he had a lot of facial damage, a lot of muscle damage. They thought we were in denial."

    Smith's mother, Oksana Bohatch, had even called her from the hospital to express her condolences and to say she could not attend the funeral, Bement said.

    "It's a terrible situation," said prosecutor Charles Koop. "I don't know what words you can say to comfort family members when this type of error is made."
     
  2. StarzAbove

    StarzAbove Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 15, 2003 Messages: 7,133 Likes Received: 6
  3. High Priest

    High Priest Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 1, 2002 Messages: 4,928 Likes Received: 3
    oh.. now thats fucked up. Imagine the the parents reaction..
     
  4. Swiffer Jet

    Swiffer Jet Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 14, 2003 Messages: 2,669 Likes Received: 0
    my mind would be pretty messed up
     
  5. LaCosaNostra

    LaCosaNostra Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 3, 2004 Messages: 2,191 Likes Received: 0
    I feel ridiculously bad for the familys' whos' kids did acutally die...
     
  6. EyeforAnEYE

    EyeforAnEYE Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 29, 2003 Messages: 4,199 Likes Received: 3
    Such a horrible thing to go through
     
  7. Rodney Trotter

    Rodney Trotter Senior Member

    Joined: Aug 23, 2001 Messages: 1,683 Likes Received: 1
    It happens to me all the time.
     
  8. CrazyLazy

    CrazyLazy Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 17, 2003 Messages: 1,681 Likes Received: 0
    The Antrim County Sheriff's Office are some idiots for that. Points down.
     
  9. i11igul

    i11igul Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 5, 2003 Messages: 1,810 Likes Received: 0
    this should spur someone into making a "do you wear your seatbelt" poll thread, i know i rarely ever wear mine when im among friends :eek:
     
  10. CrazyLazy

    CrazyLazy Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 17, 2003 Messages: 1,681 Likes Received: 0
    I wear mine every time. But not like it'll make that much of a difference. I have one of those old cars that only has the belt that goes across the waist.
     
  11. Nutonce

    Nutonce Member

    Joined: Oct 31, 2001 Messages: 786 Likes Received: 0
    stupid fucks!:lol:
     
  12. MEROJUANA

    MEROJUANA Senior Member

    Joined: May 23, 2002 Messages: 2,452 Likes Received: 2
    THATS WACK

    ...BUT THE NIGGA WHO SURVIVED CAN NOW START A GAY EMO BAND AND SING SONGS ABOUT HIS FRIENDS WHO DIED AND SHIT.







    M E R O E.
    MLBRTEAM
     
  13. Nekro

    Nekro Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 19, 2003 Messages: 2,568 Likes Received: 1
    At least it'll keep you in the car, that's the main function of seatbelts. The shoulder belts are just to prevent you from smacking face-first into the steering wheel.
     
  14. MEROJUANA

    MEROJUANA Senior Member

    Joined: May 23, 2002 Messages: 2,452 Likes Received: 2
    BY THE WAY

    I ALWAYS WEAR MY SEATBELT, CUZ IM NOT WHITE, AND WHEN I GET PULLED OVER WITHOUT A SEATBELT COPS AUTOMATICALLY PULL OUT GUNS AND YANK ME OUT THE WINDOW...THEN THEY START SNOOPING AROUND AND THEY MIGHT FIND THE MUTHAFUCKIN MAC10 UNDER MY SEAT NIGGA!! PLUS I LIKE TO BE SAFE.



    M E R O E
    PROFILED
     
  15. GamblersGrin

    GamblersGrin Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 24, 2003 Messages: 3,243 Likes Received: 16
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