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One child killed, a second seriously injured by alleged drunk driver

Children were sitting on sidewalk coloring

Posted: Friday, May 6, 2011 1:12 pm | Updated: 11:15 am, Tue May 10, 2011.

Police say an alleged drunk driver killed a 5-year-old child and critically injured a 4-year-old who were sitting on a sidewalk coloring May 5 in Whiteriver.

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  • Aaarons posted at 6:15 pm on Sat, May 7, 2011.

    Aaarons Posts: 6

    Hmm... A 19 year old and a 27 year old. I just wonder who bought the beer? They are just 2 STUPID women, who make native women from all over look bad. I hope justice is served for the two little girls. Also is it so hard for kids to play outside, with out having to worry about STUPID people drinking and driving......[sad]

  • dthernandez posted at 6:48 pm on Sat, May 7, 2011.

    dthernandez Posts: 1

    Stupied young people.. Give them life in prison.. My prayers go out to the family... Natives are always known as alcoholics.. Thats why I got my kids outta there to live a better life..

  • OneLupe posted at 11:54 am on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    OneLupe Posts: 2

    dthernandez is right, about Natives being known as alcoholics. But its what they see around them, as they grow up. if you go into Whiteriver there are "camels" some young but mostly old. It should be a good example of what not to be or become. its said to say but some parents should be lik hernandez and get their children out of there. Easy access to alcohol, and such, the many people dying. My condolences go out to the family who've lost their child. And for the driver who did it, now knows what are the consequences to driving while intoxicated, and thats only one of the consequences. -Just another Case involving Alcohol and Natives! Bad Example and presentation upon Whiteriver, and Native Americans.

  • nativeone posted at 8:50 am on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    nativeone Posts: 2

    wow. give me 10 minutes with this stupid excuse of a human being and let me teach her a lesson. someone has lost their child and for what? nothing! i have children of my own and i could not even fatham the thought of losing them! this is exactly why i choose not to raise my children on the reservation.....this jus brings tears to my eyes...

  • RWN posted at 8:56 am on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    RWN Posts: 29

    this makes me mad

    i feel very sad and sorry for the family of the young girl who was killed
    and the young girl who was injured

    another example of how our tribe has lost its way

  • nativeone posted at 9:24 am on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    nativeone Posts: 2

    wow, give me ten minutes with this poor excuse of a human being! ill sure teach her a lesson! i could not even fatham losing my child! and for what? nothing!! this is exactly why i choose not to raise my children on the reservation...

  • Roadrner n8tiv posted at 11:12 pm on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    Roadrner n8tiv Posts: 1

    Much Pray, Understanding & Sympathy to the 4 yr. old & her family & to the 5 yr old's family. Nothing is more painful than losing a child, especially to drunk drivers. But know that she is now with God in Heaven, with no more pain & sorrow. And the 4yr old is in the hands of God.
    No matter where we live there will always be violence and crime. But I believe that the main cause of difference from the reservation and any place other than the reservaton is law enforcement. In Whiteriver, the law enforments need to begin to prosecute all law breakers to the fullest extent, such as serving time in jail. I have heard serious crimes committed & the offender being convicted to serve only 30 days!! How are criminals and other peers suppose to learn a lesson if the reservation law only gives them a slap on the wrist? For the women that made the wrong choice of drinking and driving, I can only say that bad influences is strong on the reservation and has the upper hand. What needs to happen is those who left the reservation for a better life need to go back and inspire the youth, let them know there is something more than becoming an alcoholic in a third world. They need positive NATIVE role models!!

  • navapachemom posted at 11:30 am on Thu, May 12, 2011.

    navapachemom Posts: 1

    Definitely agree with Roadrner n8tiv... Its bad enough when terrible things like this happen to our native people but to hear natives bashing their own people isn't right either. Prayers go out to both families of the little girls!

  • nick adams posted at 8:06 pm on Thu, May 12, 2011.

    nick adams Posts: 6

    True there are problems on the Rez, but I always admire those individuals that stick around hoping for a better future for our people by being a good example for others follow.

    I realize there is trash, crime, and other nasty things out there, but this also exists off reservation as well. Just scan this web site and "for the record". Anyone been to the poorer part of Phoenix lately, or South Tucson. When we think the "grass will always be greener on the other side of the fence", boy, are we in for a rude awakening.

    My family is related to one of the girls that died in this accident. We cannot bring the child back but we have an opportunity to change these types of circumstances. You and I need to first take responsibility of this crime, we are to blame for our passive position in this matter. Second we can take action to help one another by watching each others childern. I wonder how many others passed by or saw the two little girls playing on the road but did not do anything to correct a potential fatality. We can learn and correct or we can continue to ignore. I hope we can all learn from this and do our part.

  • Xbilliejean posted at 4:10 pm on Sun, May 15, 2011.

    Xbilliejean Posts: 1

    First of all... I want to send my condolences to the family of the two young girls.Sorry, for what has happen to your beautiful precious babies, I'd just cannot even image what the whole family is going through. I've been invited, or traveled through Whiteriver several times noticed alot of things are just happening on bright daylight, young and old crossing the bridge from the eastside of the community, well... "that's one of the main problem coming from; liqour store sold in the midst of Whiteriver community". If alcohol is one of the main reason why there's a lot of death in the rez - community needs to come togeterforeher and have it shut down, and also the tribal officials don't think about the well fair of it's people - if they'd cared so much... and save alot of young and old tribal members. Or does something like this has to happen before they take the first step and I'm pretty sure they weren't born "yesterday". Just concerned.

  • rezrider13 posted at 10:44 am on Mon, May 16, 2011.

    rezrider13 Posts: 19

    I to would like to send my my condolences to the families of these young girls, a few ppl have spoken and i agree w/ them and disagree w/ one of them, these 2 women are very stupid for what they have done and need to spend a lot of time in prison for it, however the choice these woman made was THEIR own choice and not a choice made by tribal officials, also these woman could have gotten the alcohol from "upthehill" or a bootleggers, which brings me to my next point, the natives and alcohol combination is not a good one, "camels" both young and old can be seen any time of the day walking around on the rez, it's a sad sight, and "roadrner" is right "a slap on the wrist" is what a some ppl get, those ppl who get a slap are most likely related to somebody, while those sitting in jail are not. a few more things in my head, when will tribal police start arresting these young kids who break the law, when will the drug dealers and bootleggers be arrested, when will those pedophiles that we know about be told to move more then several miles from the schools instead of living a hundred yards away from the front door of the elementary.


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