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Pedestrian was at fault, but driver had alcohol in her, Warren cops say



Published: Tue, March 20, 2012 @ 10:12 a.m.

Pedestrian was at fault, but driver had alcohol in her, Warren cops say

WARREN

The driver of the car that hit and killed a 19-year-old pedestrian early Saturday had a blood-alcohol level of 0.168, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, and is likely to be charged with drunken driving Wednesday in Warren Municipal Court.

But the pedestrian, Josh J. Kale, 19, of Clearview Street Northwest was at fault in the accident, Warren police said.

Kale was wearing dark clothing, a hooded sweatshirt pulled up around his face and was wearing headphones, said police Lt. Eric Merkel.

The police report says Kale tried to cross Riverview Street Northwest just west of Tod Avenue Northwest when he was struck. He died later at St. Elizabeth Health Center as a result of head injuries.

Kale was less than a block from his home at the time of the 12:30 a.m. accident.

The driver was Debra M. Paden, 48, of Linda Drive Northwest. She was given a blood-alcohol test after the accident and released.

Paden had a passenger in her car. Neither Paden or the passenger were injured.


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1PJR(19 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Josh recently became a father. The driver who killed him is twice over the limit for alcohol. She is released with no charges. The police find Josh to be at fault? This woman should have been charged with vehicular homicide and jailed!

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2Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Agreed.

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3jeratboy(116 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

He was at fault. Never wear headphones when walking. Never wear dark clothes when walking. The fact that he recently became a father means nothing. At 12:30am you do not expect a person to be walking.

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4jgm820(107 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I can't tell you how many times I see people walking at night - with traffic - in dark clothes. I don't know his circumstances, maybe walking from work, etc..., but have a flasher, armband, vest, or something to make you visible. AND - walk against traffic - it's easier to jump out of the way if you see someone not seeing you.

That being said, the driver should not have been drinking and driving and my sincere condolences go out to Mr. Kale's family and friends.

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5jimmyd123(195 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Nothing here says she will not be charged. And besides, if this kid was a new father, why wasn't he home with his kid that late???? Still a lot of questions here...

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6pwhite1027(102 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Great point, JimmyD!

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7mikecamp(1 comment)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I am a friend and family member and for one jimmyd123 he was walking home from WORK to support is SON with his JOB, and to jeratboy there is STREET LIGHTS so there is no reason for her not to have seen him

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