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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Coudersport Teen To Be Charged In May 10 Crash


Coudersport State Police have updated the investigation started on May 10, 2009 when Taras Lunev, 18, of 27 Snyder Road, Coudersport, was lifeflighted to Altoona after upending his vehicle on Dingman Run.

In a release dated June 1 and released Tuesday evening, Troopers stated--Lunev was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and in possession of a small amount of marijuana and related paraphenalia.

DUI, Underage Drinking, and Act 64 charges along with summary traffic violations related to the crash will be filed with Magisterial District Court 55-3-01.

15 comments :

Anonymous said...

this is so sad....
seems like people just think they are absolutely invincible and nothing can harm them....
this person is very lucky to still be alive judging by the circumstances... and yet will probably still take that for granted and continue drinking and driving and doping.
so sad!!

Anonymous said...

Ya know, if I remember correctly, growing up in the 60's at that young age never thought of my life ending because of what I was doing. Don't you think most teens feel that way, nothing worries them? Really I don't think it is this gerneration any more than in the past. Hopefully they get through it without getting hurt or someone else getting hurt. No, I do not like young people drinking but nothing has stopped it before and doubt there will be anything that will in the future.

Anonymous said...

Until we as a society (and our public officials) have the guts to actually investigate and punish those 21 and older who provide alcohol to minors, we can expect tragedy and alcohol addictions to be part of our lives.
Does anyone have the guts to get in the face of this young man and any other minor caught with alcohol and say; "Where did you get it? Tell me or you go to jail, pay thousands in fines, etc."

Anonymous said...

One difference between this generation and the generations of the past, is this.
This generation gets caught more often. they're brazen.
They have more choices.
More drugs, more porn, more alcohol, more vehicles.
It seems as though there's little left to their imagination.
They don't have to wonder about anything, because now, they can experience it first hand.

So .. For now, all we can do is
is keep our fingers crossed, do a better job as parents, be more involved, hands on, if you will.
We must be consistent.
We can't be afraid to talk to them.
We have to ask questions.
We have to keep them accountable.
And then pray no one gets seriously injured or killed.

Soon, they will have children of their own and I'm certain, they will wonder how we did it.

Anonymous said...

June 3, 9:10am,

well said!!

Anonymous said...

7:28 poster is absolutely correct. Kids are exactly the same today as they were in the 60's, and drinking and driving was wrong then and is now. but the difference is that today we live in a police state where kids are given a permanent record, facing jail time etc. for the same indiscretions as their parents. Back in the 60's kids were driven home and dad dealt with it in the morning.

I'm obviously not talking about this accident, just the way that people always want to throw stones and belittle others when they are probably guilty of the same things as many of our youth. Folks need get their pedestals.

Anonymous said...

To the 9:06 writer, I agree one thousand percent!
If you present an 18-year-old with two choices:

1-- Do your LEGAL DUTY and TELL THE TRUTH

or....

2-- Serve a prison term, lose your license, pay a big fine and have a criminal record that will haunt you for the rest of your life.

Hmmmmm. Seems like that would be easy choice and we could prosecute these criminals who are supplying alcohol to minors.
Do we as a society have the gutz to to that? What about it, Ms. District Attorney?
Now that it is the season of graduation parties, I hope parents realize that giving alcohol to a minor is a crime. And if you do it, I HOPE YOU GET BUSTED.

Anonymous said...

The biggest difference between now and in the 60's, a kid probably would rather have gone to jail than face an irate parent. Now a days, if a parent is even around, they're probably the ones buying the kids drugs/alcohol and joining in the party.

Anonymous said...

Find out where these minors are getting the stuff and prosecute the suppliers.
Why does that so rarely happen?
This has gone too far and these 21 year olds and up who are supply booze plus the pot sellers of all ages need to be punished.
Where did the booze come from that was a factor in this crash?
State Police and DA: do you care enough to get that question answered or do you plan to take the easy way out?

Anonymous said...

posting 9:06 AM -- we could water-board the kids. Wait, that's illeagal now.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha waterboard.
No, just force them to choose between the idiotic option of protecting the supplier (and thus choosing to be punushed), or working within the system and telling the truth (and fulfilling a legal duty).
We do not need waterboards. We have jails, fines, drivers license suspensions and other more humane punishments for those who choose protection of criminals over the choice of obeying the law (ie, reporting a violation).
No sympathy should be shown to those who don't have the nads or moral/ethical code (or brains) to tell the truth.

Anonymous said...

kids do dumb things. we all did.

calm down with the ARREST AND PROSECUTE EVERYONE crap. just stop. I would rather see a parent supply alcohol and supervise the party (take the keys) than take a zero tolerance approach and have these kids wrecking cars on back roads.

please don't think i'm naive. i lost a good friend to a drinking and driving accident and the other friend's life was ruined. it's sad. if we all take responsibility to educate younger generations on how to be safer (and understand they are going to break the law/rules, its part of youth) we would be better off

Anonymous said...

Sorry for your loss.
But to advise parents to commit the crime of supplying alcohol to minors is very irresponsible.
I would like to see any parent who does that be arrested. And if the child is under 18, then a seperate charge of child abuse could be brought.
Why is society so forgiving of the criminals (parents included) who supply alcohol to minors and who sell illegal drugs to all.
Watch how this case unfolds. If it follows the scrip, the person who supplied the alcohol and marijuana will never be identified or punished.
Mark my words.

Anonymous said...

kids do dumb things we all did maybe so but he could have killed someone completely innocent. if your gonna knowingly break the law, you have to be willing to face the consequences.he knew it was wrong, sure his supplier is just as guilty but they wouldnt have given it to him, if he didnt ask for it, or come up with the money, im sure drugs and alcohol arent given out for free. and his parents dont seem like the type of people who would have suplied him.

Anonymous said...

"Hey kid, you want to be Bubba's bitch in prision?" If ya don't, tell us when the booze came from.