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published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Commissioner's wife killed in boating accident
By ED BALDRIDGE
SEBASTIAN -- The wife of Highlands County Commissioner Jeff Carlson died Sunday from injuries suffered in a boating accident in Indian River County.
Jeff Carlson was reportedly driving the boat.
County Commission Chairman Don Bates expressed his sadness over the entire affair, and stressed that many in the community would be there if needed.
"We are very saddened by this turn of events. Our hearts and our prayers go out to Jeff and his family. This is a tragic event, one that stricken the whole county. We have all offered via e-mail to assist in anyway we could," Bates said Tuesday.
Julie Carlson, 39, was injured when the 22-foot Proline Center Console boat she was riding in glanced a piling on the Indian River, according to reports from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Julie Carlson hit either the piling or a sign attached to it, according to reports, but she was not thrown from the boat, which immediately returned to the dock for help.
She was airlifted to Melbourne Hospital Saturday evening with severe injuries to her head, and then died from those injuries on Sunday at Holmes Regional Medical Center.
TCPalm.com stated that the Carlsons, along with Scott and Annie Noethlich, had pulled into Captain Hiram's Resort in Sebastian earlier Saturday evening. Soctt Noethlich, the Sebring city administrator, is Julie Carlson's brother.
The group left the dock sometime after 10 p.m., and investigators reported the boat accelerated on plane before striking the piling about 100 yards east of the dock.
TCPalm.com reported that there was evidence of alcohol in the vessel, which was confirmed by the FWC on Monday.
FWC Public Information Officer Lenny Salbert stated that blood samples were taken from the Carlsons and were being tested for alcohol levels.
"There was evidence of alcohol in the boat; cans and bottles in the boat," Joy Hill, spokeswoman for FWC was reported as stating.
Salbert also stated that Jeff Carlson could be charged with vessel homicide.
"We took the samples because probable cause existed. At this time, Jeff has not been detained," Salbert said. "We are still doing our initial 24-hour report, and not much is available right now."
According to Salbert, an autopsy will determine the cause of death and the accident remains under investigation.
Gary Morse, the Southwest Region Public Information Officer for the FWC, the area that covers Highlands County, told the News-Sun on Tuesday that no charges were currently filed, and that the process may take months
"We are not through with our investigation," Morse said. "We have to get the results from the ME (medical examiner) and the blood tests back and interview all of the witnesses before we can decide if charges will be filed," Morse said. "I would not expect anything immediately."
To Blondie (by: Rick - 8/4/2010)
I believe the point of bringing up TK Hill was to say that Jeff needs to be treated the same as TK was., they were both accidents where someone died. Alot of people are concerned that Jeff is going to get special treatment because of who he is and the point is that he needs to be treated like TK , a person not a official
Shame on you! (by: Blondie - 8/2/2010)
This is a tragedy. A man lost his wife and two children lost their mother. Can y'all forget for two seconds the circumstances surrounding this and find some compassion for those involved? Stop hurling accusations at the county, at Christians, at government officials, and at Mr. Carlson. We all make stupid mistakes every minute of every day, never realizing (or believing) that they could ever have fatal results. My heart breaks for the family and friends. Those of you castigating them and dragging the Hill case into this should be ashamed of yourselves. I'm all for free speech, but some of you need a lesson in basic manners.
commissiones wife killed in boating accident (by: BoB - 8/2/2010)
Now that all of the experts have decided this case, who picked up on the only fact that has any legal bearing....
Response to "My View" (by: Travis K. Hill Jr. - 8/1/2010)
This incident is tragic. I do not know the Carlsons but from what I understand they are great people. I think that all but the most CALLOUS of human beings cannot help but to feel pain and anguish for them due to this horrible and tragic event.
Single parent (by: M Baker - 8/1/2010)
As a single father who raised two young girls many years ago in Sebring, I believe no matter what the alcohol level was in his blood, he should be free to raise his own children. His wife who died I'm sure would want it that way, and don't forget, she allowed him to operate the boat if he was indeed impaired, and allowed herself to remain in the boat he operated. If she didn't feel confortable or safe about it, I'm sure she would've insisted he not operate the boat or she would have gotten out of the boat. The tragic damage is done, now is the time to look to the future and make certain the children have as normal of a life as possible without a mother. I don't know him or his wife, or the person who people have written about who was responsible for something similar, at this point the only welfare anyone should be concerned with is the children. I hope the courts view this as also a tragedy for the children and take their welfare into consideration if it should be found he violated the law. Further punishment for him will only hurt the children more. They should be allowed to go through life with as normal of a childhood as possible, and he should be allowed to take over the very difficult task of rearing his children who are now in a single parent household.
Boating accident (by: CA - 8/1/2010)
I am horrified at some of the comments. This was a horrific accident. Please hold your speculation and self righteousness. I can't believe some of you can't exercise good judgment and taste, in the interests of the grieving family. Yes, there should be comment moderation.
carlson death (by: my view - 7/31/2010)
This is sad anyway you look at it. fish and game will push for the max, that is how they roll. and as far as any comparison to TK Hill, Mr Hill learned NOTHING!!!!! from what he did. and it showed in his reckless behavior after the accident. I don't think we will see Mr Carlson running the streets partying up. like Mr.Hill was doing AND HE WAS DOING IT. jeff will live with this the rest of his life. that is a prison no one should have to be in. and to the friends and family of jeff. the people on here casting bloody stones at jeff will someday answer for that, i would put money that some even go to his church. those are the worst ones. you know the type the one day a week christians who think if they give enough money on sunday they will most certainly get into heaven. they have read the bible but have never studied it or lived it.for those people you should per bible teachings pray for them to find a better way of life.
Writing on the wall (by: Knucklehead - 7/30/2010)
Mr Napper what you say is 100% correct! People can just be down right mean. It never seems to make me wonder what sorta childlife some people have had to be so down right mean. Yes there has to be jealously involved in the equation because since most of these people are failures, they seem to live for someone else to slip up. At the moment it doesnt look good for our commissioner, but until all the facts are out and the athorities decide on what they are going to do, people should just thank god it wasnt them or a loved one in the boat that night. There are numerous people in this town today that are having a funeral,grieving and saying good bye to a loved one, and people should have the decency to respect that, if not then just shut there mouths until the day is out. I firmly believe in Karma, and it sure is wierd how things do seem to come around as they go around, as people say!
why the other paper shut it down (by: Ray Napper - 7/29/2010)
maybe because they thought that there will be plenty of time later for all the muckraking. Some folks have what is called compassion and have enough class to understand morning a loved one.
Point of View (by: Max - 7/29/2010)
I am not a fan of Jeff, he always gave the impression he thought he was better then anyone else if you were not part of his Good Ole Boys group, BUT I have mixed feelings about this, one being --this is a tragic thing that happened and he I am sure that his wife wouldnt want him in prison but with the children. Prison will not help the situation at all here. Second one being----- i agree with the post about TK Hill. He didnt mean to hurt anyone and he is in prison. If Jeff is found that he was over the limit then he did the same thing TK Hill did. And then you would have to punish Jeff the same way. You can not treat people different when they do the same thing. TK Hill left a child behind when he went to prison. I am sure that the people who are defending Jeff didnt think twice when TK got sentenced, they probuly thought he deserved it
Mercy triumphs over judment (by: European girl - 7/29/2010)
Pilate found no fault with Jesus but the people wanted Barabbas released instead. For some reason the people wanted to see Jesus punished and killed. Whether Jeff was at fault or not nobody knows but from many of the posts I've been reading on here it seems like people almost hope that he is guilty. Why is that?
Heart Wrenching (by: Phil Attinger - 7/29/2010)
I have read over the various comments and will not debate the facts or speculations of the investigation.
(by: Chad DuBose - 7/29/2010)
Sounds like alot of people casting stones instead of remembering that the facts have yet to be learned. Meanwhile a wife/mother/daughter/friend/sister has been lost. I guarantee Jeff is overwhelmed with anguish over this. Unless any of you were there, perhaps you should wait a little before ripping into Jeff. He would never intentionally harm someone. Let this not become a sounding board for opponents to him as a commissioner. I know that is the lone motivation for some of these comments, and it is in poor taste.
Mr Carlson at fault (by: BoB - 7/29/2010)
If you have been following the "facts" then you know that BAC testing takes time. Remember when breathalizers were all the rage and every officer had one in his pocket ?
Pack You Bags Jeff (by: Gad Noble - 7/29/2010)
T. K. Hill is serving 4 years in prison. Why should Carlson get any less IF he was drunk? He knew he had children when he decided to drive the boat after drinking. Bad choices often result in paying the consequences no matter who you are.
What Hypocrisy (by: Catalysts09 - 7/28/2010)
I agree with Sam. Someone mentioned previously that there was no criminal intent. While that may be true, there is no difference when the drunk guy slams into a family of four and kills one or all of them. The drunk guy didn't have any criminal intent. Hell, look at the case of TK Hill. If it is determined Carlson was in excess of the legal limit maybe he and TK can share a cell together...
boating in general (by: Brian - 7/28/2010)
The sad truth is the commissioner will likely receive stiffer penalties for speeding in a no wake/manatee zone from the FWC. He could have seriously injured one of Florida's most precious local commodities. I have long time said there are too many weekend warriors out there trying to operate boats...case closed.
tragedy and facts (by: old friend of JN - 7/28/2010)
I went to high school with Jules. She was an outgoing and extremely kind and generous person. She brightened up the days and lives of most people around her. As for those who think her husband has paid enough of a price, need to wait to until the facts are truly out and probably a trial. The full circumstances of this case are not public. The authorities need to have evidence who was driving the boat and that he or she was drunk. However, if someone was driving that boat under influence of alcohol. they must go to jail irregardless of how much they are suffering or whether they have children. That is the law and there is no tolerance for this in our country. Essentially by driving that boat drunk, fast, and at night, the driver recklessly killed her. There is no way of getting around that this is criminal behavior. The driver could also have killed himself and the other people in the boat or on the dock or other boats. Moreover, if a person is that reckless and irresponsible to drive a boat drunk, at night and at a high speed out of a dock, would you trust them driving your children or their own children in any vehicle? Clearly the person needs to be rehabilitated for his/her own good and the lives of remaining loved ones... and nothing less than time in jail will be sufficient.
..carlson (by: kay - 7/28/2010)
If alcohol is found during a blood test he should be charged. There are no stipulations in the law that prevents a single parent from being exempt from criminal charges. The children now have no mother due to the actions and choices of their father. He will have to live with the consequences of his actions everyday for the rest of his life. Whether the consequences are punishments enforced by our governing body or self inflicted, they should be determined by blood testing and a police investigation. However, as an elected official he should meet and exceed standards and be held accountable if those standards are not met.
Boating Accident........Attn James (by: Spectre - 7/28/2010)
The crime committed, if any, was not the fatality that took place as a result of the accident. If in fact, it is determined that Mr. Carlson exceeds the limit of .08 while operating a boat, then, and only then, the crime is Boating Under the Influence. If his B.A.C. is lower, it could result in a charge of being impaired while operating a boat. This is such a tragic situation that effects the entire county and I wish nothing but the best for Mr. Carlson. The loss of an immediate family member is something that causes you to never return to "normal". I know, as I lost a 14 year old son in 88. You just go through the motions in life and try to cope the best you can. May the good Lord be with Jeff and the children as I'm sure he is.
Sam The Black Man, (by: Jim Beam - 7/28/2010)
Thank you sir for hitting the nail on the head. I think we all have done things in the past that if we had been in a accident we would be in the same Boat as Mr Carlson. Yes most of us have left a bar and driven and have not been stopped or been in a wreck, however we were just lucky. This man by his actions killed a person with children, that she was his wife and he loved her is just a side note! The harm is to her parents, and kids. He was elected to represent the people of Hgihlands County and he has let us down. Because he is such a nice and popular person should that be a reason for him to walk with a lighter sentence than the people who elected him to make laws for us? If I remember right, a few weeks ago, he was under fire for wanting to ban books in the library and other foolish ideas. If he was under the influence, then he should get just what anyother normal person in Highlands County should get, and nothing more or less. If he truely wants to make a change, then after his payment to society he then can make the rounds to impress upon other people why they should not drink and operate any moving object. I have seen the Carlsons a few times over the last few years at Race events, and from what I saw there I really dont have to wait for the report to have a good guess at what really took place that night.
Your joking right....... (by: sam the black man - 7/28/2010)
I can not believe what i am reading it is called reckless behavior . what i read about this case makes me sick it;s called responsibility what makes him any different than you or i , if someone dies because of our irresponsible behavoir ?
Julie Carlson (by: Jesse - 7/28/2010)
Its true, Jeff will carry this with him forever and that would seem enough punishment. However, if we do end up with charges, a sentence of probation, no driving (anything) and community service hours to speak to adults (not kids) about the dangers of excessive drinking when you have responsibilities i.e. kids....oh and also mandatory alcohol rehab and alcohol bracelet....but no jail. Please all adults out there, learn something from this. I just can't begin to imagine how to carry this burden but he has a lot of support here in this county. I hope he gets some strength from it.
kudos to the newsun (by: Bob - 7/28/2010)
We all should give the newssun credit for not being biased in this story. The other paper here seems to wipe out any comments that do not fall right into the story the family is trying put out to explain what happend that awfull night. Yes this is a sad tragedy, but choices made that night caused the life of a young woman and mother her life. When people and especially the media start censoring what is said in a media forum, than all that does is put doubt and suspicion into what really happend that night and that news in Highlands County can be manipulated by people of means. People are not out to do any harm to someone that is in a situation like this, however being a elected official they should be held to the same standards as anyone else, and maybe a little higher because of there position. All the Highlands Today has done by there actions is shown that they are not a true newspaper, but instead a propaganda institute that is in place for certain peoples benefit.
Carlson Family (by: Jan Nickell - 7/28/2010)
I just pray for the family. Jeff needs to be with his children. He is suffering enough without charges which might take him away from his beautiful children..My prayers are with you Jeff.
Sad Situation (by: Lord Howard Hurts - 7/28/2010)
Reading this article, Julie Carlson death, it is a most unfortunate situation. All the facts are not known, and we already have "blabbers" putting the blame on Christians, and persons who don't think that drinking alcohol is a worthwhile hobby, instead of where it actually belongs. And just how would it be beneficial to the children to let the legal system NOT enforce the law? Persons have to be responsible for their own actions, and if this happens, maybe people will think before they act. Just can't wait until marijuana is legalized. No problem there.
Tragedy (by: James - 7/28/2010)
I think that this tragedy is so sad. But why create another Tragedy on a Father and his children by arresting him for a crime that was not intentional. I am sure NO criminal intent was involved. This accident was what is say's (accident )
Deepest Sympathy (by: Potsie - 7/27/2010)
Deepest sympathy from my family to yours Jeff. I know this is a tough time. God be with you and your children.
RIP Julie (by: BH - 7/27/2010)
What a horrible tragedy. Thoughts and prayers go out to Jeff and the kids, and all of Julie's family during this time of unfathomable devastation. RIP Julie.
RIP Julie (by: BH - 7/27/2010)
What a horrible tragedy. Thoughts and prayers to Jeff and the kids for the devastation they are suffering now. RIP Julie.
R.I.P. Julie... (by: foodforthought - 7/27/2010)
How right you are "anonymousforareason", indeed. I'm sure if this accident would've happened to someone other than a gov't officials, much worse things would be said on this forum. Please let us all remember that, "drinking & driving" is surely a formula for disaster. Pehaps if they would've been boating during the day, the danger ahead would've been seen or prevented, I'm not sure, I'm also surmissing.
Reply to DixieEcho post (by: Avon Park Resident - 7/27/2010)
@ DixieEcho: I can appreciate your question and concern. According to the reports, there was likely alcohol involved. If Jeff's alcohol level was above the legal limit, then should he "walk?" DUI manslaughter has a minimum 2 year sentence and a maximum 10 year sentence. However, if he was legally drunk and pleads guilty to a lesser charge, then perhaps he could "walk" to use your term. But the reality is that he will be paying for this accident for the rest of his life. I for one hope he doesn't serve any time in jail so that he can be there for his children. He adored his wife and she adored him. He adores his children and now he is all they have. He isn't any kind of threat to anybody and has never had any other issues to be concerned with. This is a one time incident that has cost him dearly. It is not like many other cases that involve people who live their lives breaking the law. Jeff, his children, his family, and Julie's family are now left to pick up the pieces. I can only imagine how vehemently they will pray that he is able to be there for his children at all times. It is no doubt what Julie would want.
no win situation (by: july - 7/27/2010)
This is a prime example of no win situation. Jeff and his wife with her brother and sister in law out for enjoyable weekend. Then boom...it's all over. Life is so fragile and yet we don't even take a pause to realize it until something like this happenings. Jeff Carlson was driving the boat that killed his wife. This will be a burden he will carry the remainder of his life and his childrens' life. A fate a hundred times worse than a mere jail cell. As this story progresses, I am fearful for Mr. Carlson and his children; the future looks pretty dark.
Stones (by: Vicki Parnell - 7/27/2010)
Please have some respect for this sufferung family. All of us have made bad and horribly "poor" choices, but let the stones lie where they are before you "stone" Jeff
It's a good and fair question (by: Conflicted but extremely saddened - 7/27/2010)
DixieEcho: It is a good and fair question you ask. Like you, I'm hoping (and praying) that Carlson is not legally DUI/DWI, because no matter what, he will have to face the guilt and that alone will be crushing.
Mr. Carlson (by: DixieEcho - 7/27/2010)
Everyone is saying they hope Jeff Carlson is not charged with anything. I sincerely hope his alcohol level is under the legal limit so he won't be charged with anything, but if he was drunk - What then? Do you want him to walk? I'm not being sarcastic, I'm asking a question.
RIP (by: HKIS Friend - 7/27/2010)
I graduated high school with Julie and she was a smart, friendly, generous girl. This is a tragedy. It reminds us how very careful we need to be in the choices that we make. I hope that Jeff is not charged with anything and he can be there for the kids. If there is a lesson to be learned there are no greater consequences than have already been dealt. I am praying for the Carlson and Noethlich families.
Knucklehead, I like your post..Great points (by: Rusty Shackleford - 7/27/2010)
",Or how about the babtist church members who stood outside of the local lounge taking names of the women who went to see the "fun ladies only night" chip in dale dancers."...from Knucklehead's post.. That really happened? I would like to see them try to take names of some of my female family members! The emergency rooms of Highlands County would be filled to capacity. Actually, while I have no desire to see Chippendale dancers, I would pay to see this event you speak of with the attempted name taking outside the door. Now that's entertainment! Yes, there are a bunch of hypocrite church chumps in this county. They are taking advantage of my fiance with a sick family member, trying to recruit her "into the coven". They seek the weak. It's a fine line between Saturday night and Sunday morning. As for Jeff Carlson, may got be with him, and he not be crucified by anyone not aware of all of the details. I know Jeff, and grief will follow him for the remainder of his life. Hopefully he will be able to still raise his family. They don't need to lose both parents. Many of us have made one second choices resulting in negative actions. To the "a friend" that posted on here, I may know you. I'm class of 88 if that rings a bell. If it is you, you were forgiven a long time ago because it was a mistake. Perhaps someday you can help Jeff with the aftermath. Jeff is a good man, known him since we were little kids. Our dads were friends from way back in the prehistoric times.
Journalism News Site? (by: Lucenut - 7/27/2010)
So now there are journalistic rules for posting comments? Get real.
Journalism News Site? (by: Lucenut - 7/26/2010)
So now Mr Jones is setting the "rules" for comments here? I will go ahead and break the ruls then. Julie Carlson was a wonderful lady. Jeff is also our best and brightest County Commissioner. I know he will handle this and make the best life for his kids.
So Sad... (by: A friend - 7/26/2010)
I have personally been in a similar situation and I know how much pain Jeff is in right now. No matter what the outcome maybe I have to agree with Ms. B... those kids need their father right now! I've personally known Jeff for over 25 years and he is a good man. I am praying for the best possible outcome! God bless Jeff and his family.
What a life (by: Knucklehead - 7/26/2010)
Yes Mr Carlson may have been driving the boat, but the the people of Highlands County were just as responsible. We live in a County with the most hypocrites than I bet anywhere else in the nation. I have never seen so many Babtist, methodist,presbyterians and also Jewsih people keep a eye on whatever there elected officials do. You want good people to run and hold these offices, but when they win these seats, they then have to become these perfect people that can never do anything that a normal person does, If they happen to go out in town and raise a little heck, the next day in Church everyone is whispering behind there backs about what they did. So instead of being able to go out on Lake Jackson and go to a local restaurant that has a outside bar, they are forced to go out of town and drive a boat into unfamilar waters and hit a piling. It just isnt the Carlsons, it just about everyone that has ever held a public office here. Not only do they give up there lives, but there kids are also watched with a microscope. Just ask our clerk of courts and his predecessor. These same people that whisper behind there backs are the same people who will drive to the ABC liquor store in Haines City because they dont want to have any of there church buddies see them buying there month supply of Jim Beam, or the deacons of the church who would drive to the adult book store in Okeechobee for there adult videos on Saturday, but were out holding posters when one wanted to open here on hwy 27 15 years ago,Or how about the babtist church members who stood outside of the local lounge taking names of the women who went to see the "fun ladies only night" chip in dale dancers. This behavior is nothing new, but it has finally cost us all one of our few bright spots in our elected officals families. This morning when the news broke, right of the bat you had the people typing such wondefull things about Mrs Carlson, but at the same time calling all there friends saying" did you know they had been drinking" All these people know who they are, they are the so called pillars of our community and our church leaders, but man can they judge other people real quick, We wonder why we cant find qualified people to run and hold these jobs? well folks there are a ton of them here, they are the same ones who have struggled to own and run there own businesses, and know how to manage and run a company, so they can sure make the right decisions for the City and County, but they put themselves and there family first and choose not to subject themselves to this idol gossip. I always thought that one day it will change here, but I have finally realized that we learn and then turn into our parents, and even though the older generations are dying off, they have intrained into the children of Highlands County there time old tradition of tearing down anyone who does better than themselves and does everything in there power to bring someone down to make themselves feel better for failing. Yes they are the first ones there to hold your hand, and to bring food, but they are also the first ones to hit the phone lines also. Until the normal people of this County finally stand up and say" So what" and publicly support there friends and elected officials nothing will change, maybe in the end something good will come out of this tragedy!
Lots of people will never have to walk a mile in his shoes (by: anonymousforareason - 7/26/2010)
Respectfully Mr. Dubose, no one here has been disrespectful in the least. If you call discussing facts of a story being disrespectful, well then I guess people see things differently.
(by: Chad DuBose - 7/26/2010)
Walk a mile in his shoes. Jeff is a good man. Just ask how you would feel if you were him. How about some support? No, this is not a memorial site as we know, it is a news comment section, but try to have a heart some of you. He has lost his wife.
Mr Jones is correct (by: Bob - 7/26/2010)
I agree with Mr Jones, This does happen to be a local news site, not a site for all of the friends to gather and carry on about how great or good a person was, that can be done on other sites or in person.This was a horrible tragedy, but none the less if booze was involved and people are over the limit, then no matter if your married or not its still a crime, and needs to be treated as such. I hope Mr Carlson for everyones sake is under that level, however if he is not, this horrible tragedy is just beggining and almost everyone in Highlands County will be affected. Sometimes we all think we have such hard lives or things are so tough for someone, then things like this happen and it brings our small troubles into prespective, I can tell you I would rather have 100 years in a row audits from the IRS, than to ever deal with this sorta tragedy, for years to come he will see his wife in his childrens eyes whenever they graduate, marry or any other mile stone in there lives. Its one thing to have a spouse die, but to be the cause of it is something you will never get over. So when people start bashing him, remember it would be so easy to be in his shoes also!
Julie Carlson (by: Avon Park Resident - 7/26/2010)
Julie was a lovely lady, who never had an unkind word to say about anybody. She was adored by her husband and her two beautiful children. They are now left to pick up the pieces and move forward without their mom. Let us wish for the best for this loving family, Julie's parents, and all the Carlsons, and let's hug the ones we love and tell them we love them. Sometimes we take life for granted and forget to show our loved ones how much we appreciate them. Life is short and our time here is only borrowed.
Tragic Loss (by: Gator - 7/26/2010)
I offer my deepest sympathies for the entire family. What a tragedy! I can not imagine the pain Jeff, as well as family and friends, must be feeling with the loss of a wife/mother/daughter torn from their lives.
Yes... (by: Ms. B - 7/26/2010)
If you look at the Highlands Today article, it does say that they are waiting for the results from his blood test. But yes, this should be a time to comfort the family during this difficult time. I'm sure Jeff is beating himself up enough over this without anyone else helping. Those children need their father right now.
Respecting the family vs. news reporting (by: Jones - 7/26/2010)
To the previous poster:
Mr. Carlson at fault? (by: Mr. Jones - 7/26/2010)
If Mr. Carlson was in fact escorted to go with the Police after the accident as a previous poster had eyewitnessed, one would assume that his BAC was ordered to be taken. So, if his BAC was over the limit, would he have not been booked by now? How can someone find this out? This certainly would put alot of the nasty rumors to bed, would it not?
May I please ask that . . . . (by: Hopefully, all of us - 7/26/2010)
during this incredibly difficut time, that ALL comments be directed towards the best wishes, prayers for the families, and memories of Julie. This is not a time to be divisive; rather, it is one to comfort each other, and come together as human beings in a small community that has suffered an immeasurable loss. Time will tell us all we need to know, but let's use THIS time to now focus on grieving, and on wishing the very best for Jeff and those two beautiful children.
RIP (by: Sincerely - 7/26/2010)
Rest in peace, Julie Carlson. And to Jeff, their children and their families: May peace and God be with you during these trying times.
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