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Local man killed in S. Fayette collision

A Fayetteville man was killed this morning in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of McBride and Antioch roads in south Fayette County, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

James Buck, 55, was driving a 2004 Toyota Sequoia

when his vehicle was struck by a 1995 Nissan Altima as he entered the intersection at approximately 8:50 a.m., sheriff’s officials said.

The Altima driver, identified as Joshua Williams, 18, of Fayetteville, failed to stop at a stop sign, according to sheriff’s deputies.

The collision caused Buck’s SUV to leave the road and overturn, ejecting him from the vehicle.

Buck was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, sheriff’s officials said.

Williams and a passenger in his vehicle, James Massey, 16, of Fayetteville, were both taken to area hospitals by Fayette County emergency medical crews. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, officials said.

Prior to the crash, Buck’s SUV was traveling northward on Antioch Road and Williams was traveling eastbound on McBride Road, according to the sheriff’s office.

Charges are expected to be filed in connection with the crash, officials said. The incident is being investigated by the Traffic Enforcement Section of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

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Why weren't these teenagers in school? High School starts at 8:40. If they had been in school, Mr. Buck would probably still be alive.

my condolences to his family.

I can't comment on the 16 year old.

Prayers to the Families of the departed.

He had a late birthday (last month), so he had to start first grade late. He is a senior this year.

goes back to my first question...why wasn't he at school? I feel terrible for all of those involved, but if the children had been where they were supposed to be, then this wouldn't of happened in the first place.

Someone else was in a bad accident and lost their life in Fayette County not all that long ago. They too were not wearing their seat belt. Who knows? Someone could be alive today.

Wear your seat belt folks. Your life could depend on it.

Sounds like they were late heading to school.

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Heading home to retrieve a forgotten text book. So was said.....

<em><strong>Stupid can't be fixed. We can only vote him out</strong></em>

Have you ever in your life made an error in judgement? Both boys said that they were returning home (from school) to get a book for school. It was a split second decision. Right or Wrong, they didn't intend for someone to die as a result of it...Instead of judging their behavior, say a prayer for all the families involved.

Are you recommending no punishment for this error in judgment? It does occur quite often!

Don't know about that, should have been turning right on to Antioch for that....since when does the school let two students load up in a vehicle and go searching for missing text books???

Heatjam-I happen to know this young man as he is a patient at my office where I work. He is a very good boy and had an unfortunate accident as he was on his way to school. Have you never ran a stop sign in your life?? Unfortunately a person died as a result of this tragic mistake. Why wasn't Mr. Buck wearing his seat belt? If he would have had it on then there is a 95% chance that he would probably still be alive, as he was ejected from his vehicle. This boy will have to live with this mistake for the rest of his life. My heart breaks for both families!

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Respectfully... the young man was traveling fast when running that stop sign. This was senseless wreck. I sypmathize with Josh. Wish I could say more.... I ache for him and the other young man. Especially after they find out they killed Mr. Buck. There was no reason for this tragic crash to have taken place at this recently improved intersection.

Let me just say that I doubt Mr. Buck would have survived this wreck if wearing his seatbelt. You would have had to have been there.

God be with both those families right now......

<em><strong>Stupid can't be fixed. We can only vote him out</strong></em>

and the seat belt being worn. I know I won't go down the street without mine being buckled.

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<em><strong>Stupid can't be fixed. We can only vote him out</strong></em>

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<strong>I know I won't go down the street without mine being buckled.</strong>

Me neither.

Had you have seen the vehicle Mr. Buck was driving.......

<em><strong>Stupid can't be fixed. We can only vote him out</strong></em>

while many details are unknown, what I do know is that if the teen driver was heading East on that road, I don't know what school he was on his way to. Regardless, a sad happening for all involved.

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http://www.ajc.com/news/school-board-report-card-669716.html

Sorry,now that the web site has been redone, I could not find a way to start a new blog.

It seems that the AJC did a report on the background on each BOE member.

It seems that after all Smith, Smola and their little minion, (what was his name's?) talk about Dr Todd wanting redistricting..and all you guys on the 'buggars commin to get you' email trees that were told how Dr Todd was going to redistrict...Remember the ball face lie that one of the [other 2] were pedaling and got caught by the people in High Grove?

Well all you SMithites and Smolites...LOOK AT THE VOTE!

Votes on key issues 2007-

Smith- Redistricting, in favor

Smola- Redistricting in 2007, in favor

Dr Todd - Redistricting, against;

Marion Key - Redistricting, against

I would also like you to notice the education, or lack there of, of the one board member that was running around smacking their lips about all their background and credentials. Well looki looki...they never even went 4 years! I'll give you a hint, she was the only one that they didn't put the question next to their name..recall attempts or ethics complaints.

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At least the kids stopped. I will never say a word about a hit and run. Years ago, I ran a stop sign in the middle of the day. Not going to work, not in a hurry, nothing. When I looked up, the man in the other car looked dead. All I can say is, if my car would have moved, I think I would have ran. Your 1st impluse is if you can't see it, it didn't happen. Thank goodness my car wouldn't move, and thank goodness the driver wasn't killed.

Those kids will carry that for the rest of their lives. As I said, I feel for the victim and I feel for those kids.

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<strong>At least the kids stopped.</strong>

Ummmmm.... after clobbering Mr. Buck's vehicle the kids DIDN'T HAVE A CHOICE BUT REMAIN STOPPED. <shaking head> Did you really say that>

<strong>I will never say a word about a hit and run. Years ago, I ran a stop sign in the middle of the day. Not going to work, not in a hurry, nothing. When I looked up, the man in the other car looked dead. All I can say is, if my car would have moved, I think I would have ran.</strong>

That statment if very telling of you. Nuff said.

<strong>Your 1st impluse is if you can't see it, it didn't happen. Thank goodness my car wouldn't move, and thank goodness the driver wasn't killed.</strong>

My mouth is hanging wide open in shock reading what has to be the most stupid and revealing statement I have ever read on the Citizen. Splains alot about many of your previous writings over the past few years. Shame on you.

These boys are lucky to be alive. Kudo's to the rapid response from the deputies and emergency services crews. You guys are great. Talk about being in good hands..... Thanks Guys!!!!

<em><strong>Stupid can't be fixed. We can only vote him out</strong></em>

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And think it's all OK to run away and everything else? WTF?

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What I'm saying is you never know what you will do. I told that because the kids stayed and I'm sure are pretty upset what happened. I've never ran from anything in my life, but I'm saying that was the 1st impulse. I think it is denial. I checked, he wasn't dead, but I will never forget that feeling. I feel for those kids.

People don't always react the way they think they might. A long time ago a lady in our neighborhood house caught on fire. She ran back in and was almost killed. She came out with the milk she had just poured for her cat. She left the cat and saved the milk.

Those kids will be haunted by that for the rest of their lives. I don't think there are too many things you can say to comfort them now. I don't think they need us to beat them up on this board. Yes, they made a bad split second call. Or just plain didn't see the stop sign. I'm saying we dont'all make good judgements all the time.

How many of us have told our kids don't speed going to school and in the next breath, don't be late. Teens are just children masquerading around in adult bodies. They need us more than ever. The mistakes they make at that age are tragic and can ruin their lives.

"There was no reason for this tragic crash to have taken place at this recently improved intersection."

How recent? Possible that the kid wasn't aware of the stop sign? How do you know how fast he was going? Isn't it a crime to not wear your seatbelt?

Shame on you for pointing fingers!

It was an accident. A terrible accident! A life was lost.

My prayers are with all three families.

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that someone will be accountable for.

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<strong>How recent?</strong>

Okay..I'll play with ya. It's been completed for a couple of months. Visibility is great. Intersection improved tremendously with turning lanes. Why don't you go check it out?

<strong>Possible that the kid wasn't aware of the stop sign?</strong>

I'll remember that if I am somewhere where I am not aware of a particular stop sign and I run it killing an innocent person. Bet that argument and illogical thinking will get me off the hook.

<strong>How do you know how fast he was going?</strong>

Well..I have a bit of common sense about myself and pretty good judgment of how hard that Sequoia was hit for it to roll violently up that steep embankment and land crushed on its top. What I can tell you is this young man wasn't driving modestly when that impact took place. Any fool could see that.

<strong>Isn't it a crime to not wear your seatbelt?</strong>

Yes.. and it should be crime to be an idiot like yourself and try to shift the blame to the innocent victim.

<strong>Shame on you for pointing fingers!</strong>

Shame on you. Were you there?

<strong>It was an accident. A terrible accident! A life was lost.</strong>

Yes..and tragically this young man killed this father and husband in a needless and careless manner. My heart goes out to Josh. But.....

<strong>My prayers are with all three families.</strong>

I stand with you on that statement.....

<em><strong>Stupid can't be fixed. We can only vote him out</strong></em>

The stop sign didn't change it's always been there...!!! High speed was involved, I saw the Sequoia, it was completely pancaked....Mr. Buck would not have survived had he been wearing a seat belt or not!! After seeing the vehicle, he probably had a better chance being ejected than staying in that car....

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His SUV was put in one of those car smashers. The sight of Mr. Buck's vehicle was both shocking and horrible.

<em><strong>Stupid can't be fixed. We can only vote him out</strong></em>

How recent?

Okay..I'll play with ya. It's been completed for a couple of months. Visibility is great. Intersection improved tremendously with turning lanes. Why don't you go check it out?

I know the place well. Why don't YOU check it out this time of day. Imagine that you haven't been down the road in a couple of months (since the "improvements") Is the sun in your eyes? Without being there recently, are you aware of the stop sign? It is so easy to assume everyone sees (or should see) things exactly as you do. Try to walk a mile in someone else's shoes. Be sure to try this with an open mind.

Let's say this is true. Does it change anything? No. But you should take things like this into consideration before placing judgement on someone.

Possible that the kid wasn't aware of the stop sign?

I'll remember that if I am somewhere where I am not aware of a particular stop sign and I run it killing an innocent person. Bet that argument and illogical thinking will get me off the hook.

I'm not saying that he should be off the hook. Should he be punished? Yes. But that is for the courts to decide, not you! He will deal with this for the rest of his life. You make it seem as if he killed someone on purpose.

How do you know how fast he was going?

Well..I have a bit of common sense about myself and pretty good judgment of how hard that Sequoia was hit for it to roll violently up that steep embankment and land crushed on its top. What I can tell you is this young man wasn't driving modestly when that impact took place. Any fool could see that.

So your saying that you have no proof how fast he was going? See, that is the problem. Because you were at the scene of the accident, doesn't mean you know all of the facts. Your "facts' are simply your opinion. Please take into account that both cars were moving and both cars swerved. This certainly caused the rolling of the Sequoia.

Isn't it a crime to not wear your seatbelt?

Yes.. and it should be crime to be an idiot like yourself and try to shift the blame to the innocent victim.

1st, I never attempted to shift blame onto ANYONE, ESPECIALLY the victim. You, however feel that you have all of the answers and (in your mind) have already decided that Josh was a violent perpetrator as if he lined up the Sequoia in his sights and stomped on the gas pedal . I was simply pointing out to you that accidents and carelessness were prevalent on both sides. Does this change anything? No! Does my opinion matter? No! Guess what? Neither does yours. GET OVER YOURSELF!

2nd, you don't know me, but calling me an idiot is very presumptuous of you. I'm not calling you an idiot, but that was very ignorant thing for you to say. You owe me an apology.

Shame on you for pointing fingers!

Shame on you. Were you there?

I'm sorry. I don't follow.?.? I wasn't there. What does that have to do with your desire to publicly crucify these kids as violent hoodlums? So many whys and what ifs. It doesn't change anything.

It was an accident. A terrible accident! A life was lost.

Yes..and tragically this young man killed this father and husband in a needless and careless manner. My heart goes out to Josh. But.....

Here you are again. Josh didn't kill this man. The man was killed in a terrible accident.

I'll say it again..... Shame on you!

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<strong>Josh didn't kill this man. The man was killed in a terrible accident.</strong>

Interesting analysis. Given what has been acknowledged thus far, which party should be held accountable for this accident?

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[quote]I know the place well. Why don't YOU check it out this time of day.[/quote]

Ummmm...I drive it multiple times a day. And I've approached this wide open and safely designed intersection from all directions. I stopped there yesterday and walked around reflecting on what transpired. Unlike you....I am not penning knee-jerk reactions for whatever reason. What is your relationship with this young man?

[quote]Imagine that you haven't been down the road in a couple of months (since the "improvements") Is the sun in your eyes? Without being there recently, are you aware of the stop sign?[/quote]

I came name several intersections where the sun is in my eyes while approaching it. Sometimes to the degree of being blinded. That could very likely be a contributing factor. ONE of them. I will drive that way this morning and take in that perspective.

Regarding the stop sign.... I am aware of it. It is in the same place it has been ever since I began traveling these roads. You claim to know this intersection well yourself. Why would you ask about that stop sign if you KNOW this intersection so well.

[quote]It is so easy to assume everyone sees (or should see) things exactly as you do. Try to walk a mile in someone else's shoes. Be sure to try this with an open mind.[/quote]

Okay...I didn't want to go there. But I will. From the lips of the driver came the words "my car would not stop". He said "he tried to stop". He NEVER said he did not see the stop sign. He made that point verbally a couple of times making clear he SAW the sign.

[quote] Try to walk a mile in someone else's shoes. Be sure to try this with an open mind.[/quote]

More than you can imagine..... But by the Grace Of God was I not in Josh's situation at the same age.

[quote]So your saying that you have no proof how fast he was going? See, that is the problem. Because you were at the scene of the accident, doesn't mean you know all of the facts.[/quote]

Ahhhh...yes. I never hinted that I knew all the facts. It shall be interesting to see them come to light. Will the FACTS matter to you in the end or will you let your emotions regarding Josh dictate your views on this?

[quote]Your "facts' are simply your opinion.[/quote]

Nope. You are wrong. There are not any of 'my facts' coming into play here. There are the facts of the situation that are observed and with <strong>reasonable</strong> discernment one can piece together the obvious.

[quote]Please take into account that both cars were moving and both cars swerved. This certainly caused the rolling of the Sequoia.[/quote]

How do you know this? And even if true, had Mr. Buck swerved and not been violently impacted from the side his travel path would have been straight ahead along the clear shoulder and NOT SIDEWAYS AND UP THAT STEEP EMBANKMENT. How in the world can you say swerving caused the rolling of the Sequoia? Did you type that with a straight a face? Are you evening utilizing any cognitive reasoning while pecking out your response on the keyboard? Did you see the vehicle that violently slammed into the Sequoia? And if you did....You are going to try to pee on my foot and tell me it is raining while trying to convince reasonable thinking person that "SWERVING" caused Mr. Buck's vehicle to wind up 90 degrees sideways of the direction he was traveling? HUH? Splain it to me please. I mean really... explain this to me.

[quote]You, however feel that you have all of the answers and (in your mind) have already decided that Josh was a violent perpetrator as if he lined up the Sequoia in his sights and stomped on the gas pedal .[/quote]

Get a grip on yourself. My heart aches for Josh and in no way do I consider him a violent perpetrator that intentionally lined up the SUV and "stomped on the gas pedal" as he took Mr. Buck's life via his mishandling of the 2000 pound, rapidly moving object that he was in control of. Fact is Josh was in charge of the situation and a combination of factors caused the wreck.

[quote]I was simply pointing out to you that accidents and carelessness were prevalent on both sides.[/quote]

"Accidents"???? What accidents. There was only one wreck. "Carelessness on both sides"???? YOU ARE SHIFTING THE BLAME TO MR. BUCK. MR. BUCK DID NOT RUN THE STOP SIGN. MR BUCK HAD A SPLIT SECOND TO RESPOND TO AN INEVITABLE IMPACT THAT WOULD COST HIM HIS LIFE AND ***YOU*** WANT TO "POINT OUT" THAT HE IS AT FAULT?

You remind me of someone who blames a rape victim because she was asking for it because of how she might have dressed. SHAME ON YOU!

[quote]Does my opinion matter? No! Guess what? Neither does yours. GET OVER YOURSELF![/quote]

If your opinion doesn't matter. Then why do you feel compelled to defend the fact that as a result of Josh's actions an innocent man named James Buck lost his life leaving a grief stricken wife, sons and I think a grandchild. Why try to justify what Josh caused by trying to shift the blame to Mr. Buck? Why???? Why???? Josh killed Mr. Buck via this accident that Josh caused. Leave it at that. And get off the "crucify Josh" kick. No one is crucifying Josh. Josh will have to deal with the laws on the books that are designed to address situations such as this. He will face consequences. My heart sincerely desires the very best for Josh as he endures the consequences of his actions. Personally...I hope he doesn't get what he deserves. In the end... I know I'm not going to get what I deserve.

As far as me "GETTING OVER MYSELF". Well..if it pleases you I will confess to you that I am the biggest nobody around. I am sooooo over myself more than you can imagine. As a result of all the tragedy, sickness, death, violence, hardship, agony, and the fact that this is the second fatal accident I have been 'first on the scene' with in less than one year I can tell you that I know exactly where I stand in regards to "MYSELF". So don't worry about that one.

[quote]I'll say it again..... Shame on you![/quote]

I bare much of it....thank you very much. Now go look in the mirror and face some facts of your own. And support Josh best you can in regards to the fact that he killed a man on Monday morning. And I tell you what.... When Josh reflects on what happened... I wonder if deep down inside he will ever be able to deny that he killed Mr. Buck or that he wasn't at fault as you allude to. Somehow..I doubt it. I hope he can accept forgiveness and be filled with that which can fully fill him and heal his heart....

<em><strong>Stupid can't be fixed. We can only vote him out</strong></em>

Well.....it is truly pathetic and senseless tragedy. Both families are suffering. You always have to be aware and pay attention when/where you are driving. The world and the Fayette Community lost a good man today. RIP Bro. James!

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Sympathies to Mr Buck's family.

This can be a finaicial nightmare for the parents if under insured.

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I don't know why James wasn't wearing his seatbelt but that doesn't excuse another persons disregard for the safety of those they might meet on the streets. I am very sorry this young man will have to live with this. James wasn't that lucky. Don't try to make the young men feel better at James' expense. He paid with his life for his mistake. The ones resposible will put this unfortunate "mistake" behind them and barring another unfortunate incident will go about their lives normally. James left a family, wife, sons, daughters-in-law and two beautiful little granddaughters. One will remember how much she loved him amd how much he loved her. Unfortunatly the youngest will never know what a great guy her granddaddy was. This type of preventable accident has many tentacles and the biggest loser is the one who loses their life due to someone elses thoughtlessness. I hope this, at least, will serve as a lesson to the young who seem to think they are 10 feet tall and bulletproof. You aren't. Don't try to blame James Buck for not having his seatbelt on and for dying. He was the victim, he and his family. May God bless his family. Everyone who knew him will miss him. He truly was a super good guy.

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You know...since he wasn't wearing a seat belt. That absolves this young man from accountability. But...had Mr. Buck been riding a motorcycle where seat belts aren't required then Josh would be at fault. I guess this how these people are thinking. <eyes rolling>

<em><strong>Stupid can't be fixed. We can only vote him out</strong></em>

You know Git some seem to be looking for someone to blame in this wreck---after the fact.

This seems to be a rather easy task for the Sheriff to sort and issue tickets. I wasn't there so I don't know why they didn't stop nor why the deceased didn't see them coming.

As to whether an "Improvement" might have caused the wreck, that is a part of driving. If you drive to Florida, you will see many improvements along your way---one should pay attention anymore with all the changes.

Blame by the guessers on here is unnecessary--that is a legal problem.

I must say though that kids (even young men) are not taught sufficiently as to how to drive under various conditions before being released with a car, or with guns for that matter.

I wrecked my first time out with a car. Too fast for a curve. Hit the bank--no injuries. I have been afraid of bad curves ever since. No police involved in those days unless a death.

It seems that we should stop about 50,000 from being killed (unknown injured) every year in vehicles by requiring better training and especially drinking. "hitting," and driving.

Or is this another one of those cases where we don't want any more regulations or government interference--even though parents and others don't pick up the mantle? This is not to put blame on anyone one for this particular wreck--it is going to require massive involvement, mandatory if necessary.

You make some very valid points. I think we need to provide teens with more driving instruction. However, lots of adults run stop signs and red lights as well. You're right, blame won't help the situation...

Yeah GNobles here's some driving instruction - stop at the big red stop sign, don't roll through it , bust through it, just STOP and look both ways before killing an innocent man!! Oh and if you as an adult, which the driver was do run through it and kill someone - guess what?? Your gonna take your punishment, get a manslaughter charge and probably go to the big house for a while...All boils down to parenting!!

This accident is oddly reminiscent to me of the accident at Lovejoy High School a few years back, however, these two boys appear much better off. The students in that accident died. These two boys are lucky their recklessness did not take their own lives, however, it took the life of a father, grandfather, and husband.

To those of you saying it was a newly improved intersection, McBride Rd does not run straight across at Antioch Rd. The reason for running this stop sign was sheer carelessness.

It's a sad situation, I feel for James, Josh, and Mr. Buck's families. They are all in my prayers.

My deepest sympathies are extended to the Buck family, and everyone that Mr. James Buck positively impacted with his life.

Face- McBride is actually straight across Antioch rd now, please fact check. They lined it up with SPLOST money about a month ago (another waste of tax dollars.....seriously, a 50ft shift on the road just to line it up, no point to it, I have lived here all of my life off that road and it has NEVER been a problem that I can recall-until now). They have put no light there, nor did they ever put a light at Goza/Antioch intersection after the deadly accident a few years back either. It took how many accidents @Hilo/GA-92 for there to be warning lights?

I do wonder about these teenagers who were supposed to be in school. They were either: A) skipping school, or B) running late to school and SPEEDING.
It was mentioned in the forums earlier, but the direction they were traveling was not aligned with any schools in the district. The question is "Why" were these kids who had just been driving for two years with minimal experience behind the wheel driving in this manner? Is this how they drive daily? Was the driver "showing off" to his counterpart? Did the driver stay up too late last night to be an alert, aware driver like he should have been at that time of the morning? (A time mind you that every high schooler becomes very familiar with over the course of school, and at 18 or 16 years old it should be habitiual....for good students). Was the driver too busy being distracted by the 16 year old?

The issue is not that the driver just "messed up" behind the wheel. If these potential delinquents do not learn from their mistakes and impart the lesson learned upon their peers - there is absolutely nothing that will change with teenage driving as a whole. Teenagers will feel invincible, hence why he missed the stop sign this morning. When reality makes you realize that life can be snapped within a second the inincibility is removed. The lack of caution and responsibility within their actions becomes apparent to them only then.

As a society we will ban 'texting while driving' to prevent accidents from occuring. Yet, the incidental rates of accidents have actually increased due to this ban and we ignore it. Why did it increase? Because of people moving their cell phones from above the dash in a visible area, to their lap, where they actually see less of the road. This is all done to keep police and other drivers from seeing them break the law. It makes you wonder how many are teenagers - the biggest usage audience for text messaging. While this may not have been a part of this incident, we need to begin to re-evaluate the laws of teenage driving as a whole. They are ineffective, redundant, and unless ratified will lead to further tragic instances. While I was a teenager I would have never drempt it, but now I can only pray for the day that it actually happens. Maybe if those teenagers had more driving experience, or were driving without passengers distractions there would be less wrecks. Maybe if the parents did not give their child that "fast" or "flashy" car that they wanted at 16 years old and they had to earn it, they could take a sense of pride in ownership and be more responsible. Maybe if the driving age was above 16 years old the safety of the roads would be increased. 18 years old is a good age, you can go to war, smoke and own a gun then, why not drive? All of these things kill more people each year than cars, but we still let the 16 year olds be "old enough" to handle them. Too many youngsters view this "privlege" as a "right" and abuse it. They take for granted the damage they can, and will impact upon someones life from reckless actions. I just hope that these two boys remember this day for the rest of their lives everytime they step behind the wheel of a car.

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Apologies. I used to live in Fayette County and traveled down Antioch and McBride all the time. In my short time away, they must have made these changes.

I do not wish to judge anyone in this situation. Mistakes were made on both sides, some more fatal than others, but mistakes none-the-less.

It's very sad what has happened here. A man lost his life, another man will probably lose any real chance at a normal life, and one boy has to live with the guilt that he was in a car that hit and killed another man. Passenger or not, he will live with this guilt.

My prayers are with everyone.

Yes, they ALL need our prayers, not our judgement...

To HIHO-are you serious when you say that Mr. Buck is at fault here because he wasn't wearing his seatbelt? The intersection was recently redone and has better visability than before. The boy who was driving is at fault here from the way I see it. He was driving recklessly and there is nothing more, nothing else. Take responsibility for your own actions-good/bad/indifferent.If the boys were traveling eastbound as the police are stating, then the boys were traveling AWAY from the high school. God Bless Mr. Buck and his family.

This is beyond comprehension that a husband this great and a father this devoted was robbed of more days with the family and wife he loved so much. There is no way to put this loss into any words except "I hurt so much I can't feel anything".

RIP James

Yes, I agree. It happens far too often.

I have said the same thing about Iraq and Afghanistan going now on ten years.

Thousands of very young heads of families and in the prime of life, either killed or maimed! Millions of Iraqis and Afghans, also.

It can't just be written off as just war! It was mis-planned and extended.
Just like Viet-Nam and Korea. The commitment was not there as in WW2.

These kids were skipping school- simple time logistics (8:40 AM), alibi of heading away from school to give someone a missing book (TERRIBLE REASON TO NOT BE AT SCHOOL), and then pure location of wreck moving AWAY from Whitewater High!!!! Get real- Stop making excuses....these kids made a TERRIBLE mistake- they took an innocent man's life away, a father of three away, and a husband...because of a book... Throw the book at these two and serve the maximum punishment...
I do not know Mr. Buck, but passing the blame because of his lack of seatbelt is as insulting to intelligent people and his family as one can go. The seatbelt did not cause his death- the FREAKING kids running through the clearly-marked stop sign is the cause....!!!!! Show kids that responsibility starts and stops with them- stop babying this generation and then maybe society as a whole will stop blaming others and bailing out the guilty when a good butt whippin is needed!!!
DO NOT DISRESPECT THIS FAMILY WITH YOUR INSULTS...say your prayers for all- the Buck children, wife, and family and friends....and yes- even for these careless boys...

Wow, you must be a saint. Are you telling me that you have NEVER run a stop sign or a red light, texted while driving, drove over the speed limit? Give me a break. It is tragic for all parties involved that this accident occured, but your anger is ridiculous. Obviously you don't have children because children do make errors in judgement but we don't throw them away...Its people like you that give humanity a bad name.

I have 3 children- they know responsibility as they learn from their mistakes. We ALL make mistakes, but some mistakes are lessons for OTHERS to learn from.... I have NEVER run through a stop sign or red light, and if you condone this by linking this to texting while driving, then YOU need the responsibility reality check!!!! Wow... get these middle schoolers off of these boards; shouldn't you be in school today?

I wonder what your 3 children would say about you?

AND spoiled... EVERYONE has made mistakes. Some are harsher than others. In your teenage years I'm sure at one point you skipped school, smoked a cigarette, tried drugs etc. This man's tragic death was an accident. It kills me how people around her want to control EVERYTHING. Every once in a while things happen that are out of your control. And sometimes they are events that will in fact change a person's or people's lives forever. That's the way the decision making process works. These boys have to live with the fact that they took this man's life forever. People like you should be ashamed. And I really feel sorry for your kids.

In 1963, Miss Laura Welch (Later Bush) ran a stop sign and killed a friend of hers in another car.
There were no charges made as far as anyone has been able to detect---but it is most unusual for NO CHARGES in such cases!
The accident report, although held for many years as private, was finally obtained, and the area of charges had been left BLANK.

It was thought that since great remorse was shown, and maybe Laura's life ruined, that was punishment enough. The speed limit before the stop sign
was 55 MPH.

There were many rumors that Miss Welch was also a person to go to for a "dime bag," at school. NO ONE has ever spoken up in public about either thing however. It was Texas after all, and she was a devout Texan.

George, Jr. was also allowed to be cleared of drinking and drunken driving by his powerful Father a few times in his earlier life.

All this is now common knowledge and the only reason I write it here is to indicate that our justice system has favorites! There are no Bushes in Georgia or Texas Jails! No Deals, Perdues, Barnes', Isaksons, or Chambliss', either.
I'm sure they have never done anything wrong---at 15 or 55!

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