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Nunya...you are a complete and total idiot. One...if you are going to get on a soup box, at least spell check first. It is "soul" not “sole” you illiterate moron. The definition of "sole" is being the only one of its kind.
Two...don't talk facts when you don't know the facts.
(1) Mr. Burke was driving an SUV which sits higher so it doesn't have as low of clearance as you indicate.
(2) You say it was never proved that Mr. Culp was lying in the road. It was never proved that Mr. Burke was drunk (or high) as you indicated.
(3) Flight or flight does not require medical attention, so of course there is no medical record for the "shock" he endured. They were referring to basic human instinct of flight or fight. But there is medical records that he is in counseling for depression, etc. due to the incident. Why don't you have those records? HIPPA you moron. His medical history is protected under the law. As is Mr. Culps which is why Mr. Culp's fragile mental history and history of drug use never came out in court.
(4) It did not take Mr. Burke a week to turn himself in. He turned himself in the next day. The car was not cleaned.
If you want to talk "conclusive facts" get them right. And get a life. You are obviously personally involved in this case to take such a black and white stand on the issue without regard for the state of mind and actions of Mr. Culp. I’m sure toxicology reports will come out in the civil suit, and show that Mr. Culp was high and drunk that evening and holds some responsibility for the final outcomes of that horrible night.
What you talk about is not “conclusive facts.” They are 100% completely, and totally, speculative.
Finally, as for silver spoons, Mr. Burke was raised by a single mom who had four young children. She works as a probation officer. Last I checked, single women working as probation officers can’t provide their children with a life of leisure (i.e. spoon-fed with silver spoons). Mr. Burke is a son, a father, and was employed before serving his time. There is no record that he ever purposely and maliciously hurt anyone EVER. This was an awful accident. Nunya stop keeping the hate alive.
If you are truly a Christian, then you know that God asks us to forgive. Let only HIM sit in judgment.
December 15, 2010 at 12:14 p.m.
RIP Tom. Your kind heart will be missed by all who knew you. My heart goes out to the Repchic family. They have lost a loving husband, father and grandfather to senseless violence. It is frightening what little regard these young kids have for human life.
September 28, 2010 at 11:48 a.m.
You didn't read that, huh? Probably because your only source of information is vindy.com and they don't do the best job in getting their facts straight. Why? Because trying to make this sound like a murder, rather than a tragic accident sells more papers.
You two need to get a life. It is people like you that makes me glad that I don't live in Youngstown anymore.
Sit in your arm chairs and act as judge and jury if you like. Bryce was charged with leaving the scene. That is what you keep accusing him of. It comes with a penalty of 3 to 5 years and he received his sentence. What do you want, a life for a life when it was an accident???!!! Go live in Singapore than.
I wish I could live in your utopia where the lines of right and wrong are so straight and narrow. NONE of this would have happened if Culp didn't lay in the middle of the road. Did Bryce do wrong. YES! Did Andrew Culp do wrong. YES! For that reason this case isn't as Black and White as you make it appear to be.
May 19, 2010 at 4:31 p.m.
Look...I don't know...Probably because his attorney suggested he take the plea because it was a guarantee. But the fact of the matter is that Burke didn't get away with anything. He is in jail right now. The sentence he pleaded to is still a felony. It will follow him around forever. He is entitled to regular parole hearings as the court sees fit as any other inmate is, and his case will go in front of the Ohio parole board who will review the entire case file. The family of Andrew Culp will have the opportunity to speak at the hearings. The OHIO Parole Board is made up of seven appointed members. They aren't Mahoning Valley residents so this cronyism crap is hooey.
As I said before...it appears that this was a horrific accident. Both families’ lives have been changed forever. I can only imagine the pain they all live with. There was no intent involved. There are many ways to shift blame, but none of it brings Andrew back.
I don't know what conversations you overheard from family and friends of the accused that makes you believe that Bryce was drinking, but that is assumption. I have overheard many things about Andrew Culp as well including he had made several suicide attempts. Youngstown is a small town and rumor and assumption runs rampant. Let's just let people move forward and deal with their grief privately.
May 19, 2010 at 4:10 p.m.
There are witnesses that stated Mr. Culp purposely laid in the middle of the road. That makes it fact.
May 19, 2010 at 2:54 p.m.
Two wrongs occurred that night. Mr. Culp laid in the road. That is a fact. Mr. Burke left McDonalds. This line of events altered the lives of 2 families forever. It is truly tragic.
The corruption theory is ridiculous. Mr. Burke's mother is a probation officer. Last I checked probation officers don’t have that much clout to cash in the types of favors insinuated. To say a long standing judge, a highly respected defense attorney and the prosecutor were involved in any type of illegal deals to get a roofer involved in an accident that resulted in the tragic death of another (who some would argue put himself in that situation) only 3 years instead of 5 is crazy. No one is going to throw their career away for that type of “deal”. The Burke family has no political clout, and if they did, they would use that clout to get Bryce completely off.
Because there was no trial, Mr. Culp’s mental health/substance issues were never brought to light. Nor were the interviews with people who came in contact with Mr. Culp that evening when he was kicked out of several bars because he was so heavily intoxicated. Mr. Culp laid in the middle of the road that night for whatever reason. And for that, he has some culpability in the final tragic outcomes. It was an accident, a sentence was handed down. Leave it alone.
And if we are going to investigate theories, maybe the prosecution pleaded the case because they saw it as there best way to get a conviction. If Bryce Burke went on trial then by default Andrew Culp would also be on trial, and his state of mind and actions that evening, as well as his past drunken disorderlies, etc. would be displayed because they had a direct impact on the evening’s outcomes.
Mr. Burke lives with the guilt of what happened that night every day and will for the rest of his life. His life will never be the same. The lives of Culp’s family will never be the same. I feel for Andrew Culp’s family. A mother should never outlive her child, but from what I have heard, Andrew was very sick and he dealt with his pain in a way that has shattered lives. I pray for him, I pray for his family and I also pray for Bryce and his family because they are suffering too. For those of you that insinuate that Mr. Burke does not suffer and will not live with this the rest of his life, shame on you. Unless you have walked in his shoes, you don’t know. It’s easy to be armchair judge and jury. You are so quick to talk about how Burke “may have been drunk” but no one talks about the fact that Andrew WAS drunk and laid in the road. What happened was awful. It should not serve as your local entertainment where you can talk conspiracy theory and legal corruption over coffee. We are not living a John Grisham novel. Yes. Ytown has had its bouts with corruption, but this is NOT one of those times.
Let Andrew Culp rest in peace. Let Bryce Burke serve his sentence. Be glad it wasn’t you on that road that evening when Andrew decided to end his own life.
May 19, 2010 at 1:49 p.m.
I'm really not sure what facts you are touting. Using big words doesn't make your rantings any more intelligent or coherent or impressive. Yes...believe it or not...I understand all of them. No one was homicidal. You rant like there was intent here and there wasn't. It was an accident. And Yes...by laying in the middle of the road - which there are witness who attest to this despite somes unwillingness to believe - Mr. Culp has some responsibility to the outcomes of these events.
Has it occurred to you that maybe the prosecution pleaded the case because they saw it as there best way to get a conviction? Because if Bryce Burke went on trial then by default Andrew Culp would also be on trial and his state of mind and actions that evening (whatever they were found to be) would be displayed because they had a direct impact on the outcomes of the evening.
There were wrongs on both sides of the aisle here. Andrew partook in actions that resulted in his death. Bryce Burke left the scene of an accident. He by no means intended to or set out or hurt Andrew Culp that evening. Either way you look at it, two lives and the lives of families were tragically altered that evening.
Accidents happen. To presume that justice is so black and white is nonsensical. No one is pitting right against wrong. Two wrongs occurred that night. A sentence has been handed down. No one “paid to play”. Your conspiracy theory is ludicrous. It is highly improbable that a long standing judge, a highly respected defense attorney and an up and coming prosecutor were involved in any type of illegal backroom deals to get a roofer involved an accident that resulted in the tragic death of another human only 3 years instead of 5. No one is going to throw there career away for that type of “deal”. Go sell your conspiracy theory to John Grisham because it’s not flyin’ here.
And call me any names you would like. Clearly with as many comments as you leave on vindy.com, this is your only source of entertainment.
May 13, 2010 at 10:23 p.m.
@Nunya. Court corruption? Give me a break. The plea was accepted by both parties. Mr. Burke is paying a price for leaving the scene of a crime. The fact is none of us knows the full extent of the evidence provided to the judge because there wasn't a full trial, so you don't know all the facts to make that dramatic statement. Judge Evans, I am sure, reviewed all the evidence and based his decision on that evidence. If you don't like his decision, don't vote for him when he is up for re-election. But to stand up on a soap box annoymously on a forum and talk about court corruption. Maybe you need to go out and find something of your own to focus your life on rather than fantasical remarks on vindy.com. You don't have all the facts. None of us do. What you have are assumptions.
May 13, 2010 at 4:55 p.m.
This is a tragic accident and two lives have been destroyed. The fact of the matter is that Mr. Culp DID lay in the middle of the road. Mr. Culp DID have a history of drug use and alcoholism and was kicked out of more than one bar that night. I have also heard that Mr. Culp made several attempts at ending his own life. I feel for Mr. Culps family. And it is tragic that he is no longer with us, but Mr. Culp should be held accountable for some of the outcomes that night. If Mr. Culp did lay in the middle of the road to end his own life, what about his selfishness. And if that was his intent he was cowardly not to do it himself, instead he brought an unwilling participant in to do it for him by laying in the middle of the road. Mr. Burke is a father with no history of violent crime. This is a sad case no matter how you look at it. Should Mr. Burke have left McDonald's? No. But none of us could say what we would have done in that state of panic. You wold like to think you would do the right thing and stop. But your body's instinct of fight or flight is so strong, you can't say how you would have reacted. I can only imagine the pyschological trauma Mr. Burke will live with the rest of his life. To me, that is punishment enough.
May 13, 2010 at 4:28 p.m.