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Teen admits to facts in fatal collision

May 3, 2013

A New Matamoras teenager pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday in Marietta Municipal Court on charges of negligent vehicular homicide and assault, for his recklessness in an accident that killed......

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frontier2012

May-12-13 10:36 PM

Hockeypuck - As have you in all your comments toward jake. You have been passing judgement based on one thing hes done and i agree it is a terrible thing thats happened but people shouldnt judge him or other people based on one thing they have done in there life.

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hockeypuck

May-10-13 3:00 PM

frontier2012- You make a lot of assumptions in your latest post.

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tragedy

May-09-13 6:48 PM

That comment was not toward frontier2012 it was for all the comments in regards to everyone who thinks this wasn't an accident...to those who think he needs punished..to all of the hypocrites who don't think they do wrong...I wasn't trying to offend you. I am just sick of everyone pointing the finger so easily at him..also sick of the ones who play innocent and then run their mouths

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chickcountry

May-09-13 10:06 AM

Tragedy….Reading the comments that frontier2012 has posted ((defending Jake)), I find that your being disrespectful! Clearly frontier2012 and Jake have known each other for sometime, and I’m 100% sure frontier2012 did NOT mean “crime he's commited” read the other comments that have been posted, by frontier2012 each and every one of them are defending Jake so do you honestly think they meant to put that? NO most definatley not!

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tragedy

May-09-13 6:23 AM

THIS WAS NOT A CRIME IT WAS AN ACCIDENT...he doesn't deserve to go to jail and you people should be ashamed of yourselves...HYPOCRITES..just because you try to come . Across a good people doesn't mean you are..going to church on Sundays and then behaving horribly and judgemental and hateful the rest of the week is wrong but then again you guys wouldn't think so..to all of you who want to punish him you better hope you don't have any teenagers at home or any that will soon be teens.oh but once again I forgot you think you are perfect.

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frontier2012

May-08-13 9:14 PM

Hockeypuck this ones to you - im really begining to wonder if you are i mature adult or a child who lacks remorse for anyone and that you only care for yourself. Jake made a choice to speed and he will now pay for his actions and the crime he commited. And forgiveness isnt earned it should be given willingly as a start to the healing process. It will take time for people to forgive jake for what he has done but in time i hope people will forgive him. But dont judge jake based one this one thing hes a good kid who has made bad choices as we all have even you hockeypuck. So before you throw around anymore harsh words check your own life first. But its ok hockypuck i forgive you for your biased negative comments toward someone you dont know and i wont judge you based on your opinion in this situation and you shouldnt judge jake either.

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tragedy

May-07-13 10:24 PM

Forgiveness isn't something someone else earns. Forgiveness is from one person to another...doesn't mean you forget...Forgiveness is so we as humans aren't full of anger and resentment...we are to forgive each other so we can be forgiven...anger is normal when anyone loses a loved one but we can choose to stay angry or give our problems to God...would she want everyone to be angry and bitter to each other...I am sorry for their loss and nobody has to choose one side or another...support is needed to both families..the community should be able to do that without judging one another or causing more grief..my thoughts and prayers go to both families and I hope both sides get.the support and love to help them through this without hatefulness

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mbender301

May-06-13 11:51 PM

It is a real shame that these comments focus not on the horrible loss inflicted on the Hoff family, but on the many excuses for why this "accident" occurred. Laura Hoff was genuinely good person, a law-abiding citizen who dedicated her life to her family and community. A teen made a bad decision, which he had admittedly made before in the recent past, and it resulted in a devastating loss of life and physical mobility for an innocent child. This was not an accident; it was a serious mistake. My comment focuses on the victims, because they have suffered, and continue to suffer, due to the poor choice made by someone else in their community. We would all benefit from learning from this heartbreaking lesson. The forgiveness so many of you are pushing is too much, too soon. Forgiveness must be earned, not handed out indiscriminately to those who have demonstrated a lack of regard for human life. These are the terrible consequences of a poor decision.

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hockeypuck

May-06-13 7:29 PM

Oh, he meant to speed, or else why did he do it? I'll bet he was plenty late for that important "prom".

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tragedy

May-06-13 7:16 PM

Not interpolated it changed my word...hydroplaned

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tragedy

May-06-13 7:15 PM

Hydroplaned

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tragedy

May-06-13 7:13 PM

It is so not comforting to live in a community where people are quick to judge. This was a horrible accident to all involved. As for preventable nobody knows that answer facts are it was pouring down the rain he interpolated which could happen to anyone at any speed...did he mean to do it...no does he have to live with it...yes...he doesn't deserve to have stones thrown at him by people who live in glass houses.

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getthetruth

May-06-13 1:26 PM

Hey hockeypuck (or anyone else sharing the same opinion), are your comments coming from the perspective of a 19-yr old or from the perspective of a MATURE adult who has learned lessons through a lifetime of experiences and mistakes? It is so pathetic that so many responses regarding this incident appear to be from so-called mature adults who believe a teenager should be able to approach everything as they would now. Everyone one of you did something stupid in your past; you were just lucky enough to not have it result in a death. Count yourself blessed. Someday it may be your own child/grandchild in the same position as Jake.

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chickcountry

May-06-13 12:31 PM

OK! You know what “hockeypuck”…It changed Jake’s life as well; evidentially you don’t know him to know that. You must just think he’s going to forget about it...that's NOT going to happen, not ever. Yeah maybe if he would have just taken his time, maybe it wouldn’t have happened, but yet it could have STILL happened going the speed limit. And for your information it was NOT a stupid occasion!!

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hockeypuck

May-06-13 11:27 AM

Yes, good people make bad mistakes. Only, this one took a life and physically changed another forever. Oh, he was late for prom. Big deal. Young people need to get over being late for such a stupid occasion. His being late would have saved all of this from happening.

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chickcountry

May-05-13 7:49 PM

Cvhpomni- I agree with you, calling Jake a coward is definitely uncalled for!! Secret keeper- yeah he was in a hurry because he was running late for prom. And why isn’t 180 days enough? He will never forget this accident. He will live with the thought of this the rest of his life. And clearly you don’t know Jake…he’s NOT the kind of person who will violate his 5 year suspension, Jake is a good person, but because he had an accident don’t make him a horrible person and doesn’t mean he’s going to violate it. You shouldn’t judge him on anything especially if you don’t know him.

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chickcountry

May-05-13 7:47 PM

Letfreedomring- he did make a mistake, he used poor judgment and should not have been going the rate of speed in which he was, but it was an accident. And the fact that “you can only hope he has to sleep with one eye open at night,” that is pretty dang rude & uncalled for. Seriously! And he is NOT a selfish young man as you put it, Jake would do anything for anyone whether he knew you or not. And what if it was your kid that was in his place, hmmm. What would you say then? Crhpommi- why do you say he doesn’t have to live with this the rest of his life?? I know Jake I went to school , I have been around him several times since this has happened, he is not fine…he’s the kind of guy that it is going to stick with him for the rest of his life. And He did get hurt, his life changed in the matter of seconds because of his poor judgment, but don’t sit there and say he didn’t get hurt & he will heal because he won’t. If it was you in Jake’s place would you heal? NO! You would be hu

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chickcountry

May-05-13 7:45 PM

It amazes me how disrespectful some of you are being towards Jake. Some of the things you are saying in your comments are rude, uncalled for, and very disrespectful. Accidents happen each and everyday, this was a freak accident that could have happened to ANYONE OF US not just Jake. Yes, maybe he was going over the speed limit because he was rushing because he was running late for prom, but yet he was NOT drinking...or texting which causes most accidents. And I guarantee Jake is NOT the only one that has ever gone over the speed limit…everyone has at some point or another. And to everyone saying he isn’t getting enough out of it…and saying he needs to serve more time. NO HE DOESN’T, do you not realize he has to live with this the rest of his life? This is something that he will NEVER forget. I have known Jake for almost 6 years he’s one of those people who whether he knows you or not he’d help you in anyway he could and for you guys to make snobby comments and disrespect him so sad es

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hockeypuck

May-05-13 2:12 PM

Those who choose to disagree with me have a right to your opinion the same as I do. I stand by my comments. And yes, if I caused the death of someone else, especially in a totally preventable situation as this was, I would stand up, look their family in the eyes, and sincerely apologize to them. I would also expect whatever justice the judge gives.

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tragedy

May-04-13 11:28 PM

We all have to stand before the Lord someday....you are wishing for harm to this kid how sad...you do realize what comes around goes around....you must have a miserable life to be hoping for him to be harmed...you do not know anything about what happened only spreading rumors and causing drama...

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letfreedomring

May-04-13 10:06 PM

Cvhpomni. There's a difference between the family sticking up for him and covering for him. Let's see how many accidents/traffic ticket did this young man have...There was another incident near the time of the fatal accident in which a family member said that they had been the one driving so that this young man wouldn't get into anymore trouble. He did not make a mistake..he killed someone with a car. Sto caudling this man and tell it like it is. He is a murderer. It is one act of a long list of things that show a consistent disregard for the law and everyone in his path. Maybe he will find out what it means to be victimized while he serves his meager time in jail. We can only hope he has to sleep with one eye open at night.

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frontier2012

May-04-13 2:28 PM

Gizzard - he may not have been close to the family but the fact remains he DOES have to live the rest of his life knowing he killed someone. Tragedy - you are right our community is full of hypocrites who have nothing better to do then put people down that they dont even know or dont know very well. People need to learn they dont have to forget because no one will ever forget this tragedy but they can try to forgive jake for what he has done.

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tragedy

May-04-13 12:31 PM

I have learned what a lot of hypocrites live in this community. This was a horrible accident and thank God no other lives were lost.we as humans make mistakes...some of us drink a drive some cheat on spouses some lie and some talk about things they shouldn't some judge others..nobody thinks of forgiveness isn't that what God says and being most of you are active in church u should know this. Everyone knows the minders and that they are wonderful people ...the community has behaved horribly.you should be ashamed.this wont bring her back or be redemption for other lost lives..ps for those of you who say he would pay if he hurt your kid what about if that was your kid driving...he doesn't deserve jail he needs support too

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rocker

May-04-13 9:26 AM

A sad situation for both sides of this accident.

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gizzard

May-04-13 2:59 AM

Crhpommi I know Jake maybe you need ask him about a stop sign he run at St. Mary bridge and the wreck he had on grandview hill and the ticket he had in New mat and who he know in court and also, no he don't have to live with it the rest of his life he wasn't close to that women or that little boy time heal and it look like he doing fine until he had his hearing that little boy is the one that got life and the women got death what did Jake get a little time 180 wow think what they got and if was the other way what would you think then Jake isn't the one got hurt he had warning sign and just because he wasn't drinking or drug don't make it right either

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