Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Some people...

Nikki Catsouras was just 18 years old last Halloween when she took her father’s Porsche without permission (after a fight with her dad) and while driving 100 miles an hour clipped another car, lost control and slammed into a cement tollbooth. She was killed instantly.

Her parents, Christos and Lesli Catsouras were devastated with grief and thought things could not get worse but that is where they were wrong.
Nikki’s parents are suing California Highway Patrol for leaking accident scene photos that ended up all over the internet. The girls parents have been tormented by anonymous e-mail’s that contain pictures of their daughter at the accident scene.

One horrific photo shows the dead teen decapitated and still strapped in the front seat of her father’s Porsche.

The pictures made their way to over 2,500 online websites. The family no longer uses the internet and has pulled their 16 year old daughter from school because they fear other students might confront her with the pictures. She is now being home schooled.

A judge in California ruled that the lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol could go forward. The CHP, in a letter to the Catsouras family, admitted that their dispatchers violated department policy but stated that they are not legally responsible for the pain and anguish that it caused the family. That won’t be for the CHP to determine - but will be up to the courts to decide.

ABC News featured the story last night on their 20/20 TV program. It is absolutely PATHETIC that people were willing to be on air on that last night, and condone and defend their right to post these horrible pictures of someone's child. They called it their RIGHT to do that. Their "protected" right to free speech. America has got to WAKE UP and get some morals, and get them SOON. This is so so sad. What has our world come to, that this is entertaining to some? That there are websites totally devoted to gore and death? She looks like someone all of us could know, a friend, a sister; and I cannot IMAGINE how the friends and family of Nikki must feel.


Jenny Sipes July 2, 2008 at 10:36:00 AM CDT  

OMG.......that is awful beyond words! Whomever sent that poor family those pics via email should be locked up and the key thrown away...there is no sense in all that...This is a horrible I can't even begin to imagine what those poor people are going through!!

Anonymous,  July 2, 2008 at 11:35:00 AM CDT  

You know someone sent me those pictures,and yes,I DO remember them.I instantly started crying,and I am not a crier by nature.It was absolutely horrific.That day I proceded to get on the phone with the person who forwarded it to me and cursed them out for doing such.I mean oh my goodness.And now this,its a right?, it's not a right,its sick.

Debbi July 2, 2008 at 12:13:00 PM CDT  

I saw that on tv last night too and it was so sad! Really, my husband has gotten lots of forward emails to him that have gross pictures of things - not this one, but pictures of accidents, and most of the time you don't think of the victim, but this really made me so sad for her family - they can't even use the internet and have to homeschool (not so horrible, but still!)

It was a horrible thing that happened to their family and I am so glad that I saw their story.

Darlene July 2, 2008 at 12:33:00 PM CDT  

I am so saddened to hear of this.

There are so many people who have no compassion whatsoever. And then there are some who are just sick.

Drea July 2, 2008 at 7:58:00 PM CDT  

I know.. I saw this on TV as well. Its horrible.
Beautiful girl...
poor family having to go through all this.

BTW on another note i love the park pics below...

dean July 4, 2008 at 4:59:00 AM CDT  

while freedom of speech is one of the things we americans cherish (and along with many other freedoms we enjoy, rightfully so), we need to realize that with freedom comes responsibility, and there are FAR too many people that exercise their freedom to do and say things that are not responsible enough to be doing so. it's sickening that folks will do the most horrific and mean-spirited things simply because they can. i'm not a huge fan of litigation, but i hope this family gets everything they're asking for in court... not so much so they can get rich off a terrible family tragedy, but to make CHP and anyone else named in the suit realize that the freedom to do whatever you want isn't necessarily always free.

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