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Manslaughter charge for boy driver

By Kerces - 6 September 2005 30

The news came in last night that the unnamed 15-year-old alleged to have been driving the car that hit Clea Rose has been charged with manslaughter on top of the charges relating to the stealing of that car as well as some other vehicles.

The Canberra Times also carried the story this morning. They also said Ms Rose’s sister had accused ACT Urban Services of removing the flowers and tributes left in the bus interchange for Clea. Urban Services denied this.

ED UPDATE: Tributes removed were such as this one captured by Loadedog.

Tribute to Clea Rose removed by Urban Services

FURTHER UPDATE Emma Renwick from Stateline has written in with a different interpretation of the part about flowers and tributes being removed.

She says Zoe Rose did not accuse anyone of anything. She said the lines in the CT story “Ms Rose’s sister, Zoe, said flowers put on a light pole by her family were removed within two days. She asked that people leave any flowers there” were probably based on an interview she (Emma) did with the Rose Dunn family last Monday, which a CT journo also attended.

The full transcript of this interview is here and the relevant section is below.

ZOE ROSE: On the day that Clea died we put flowers at the place were she was killed.
FRANCES ROSE: So that people would know.
ZOE ROSE: Yep, so that people would know.
FRANCES ROSE: And to commemorate her.
ZOE ROSE: And they were gone within two days. And then her boyfriend put up more flowers and they were gone, lots of her friends and other members of the family have gone and replaced them and there’s a light pole in civic now, which has a lot of sticky tape on it but no flowers.
ROSS DUNN: I think someone has been very zealous in doing the clean up which could be done a bit more sensitively.
ZOE ROSE: We would appreciate it very much anyone who sees flowers on a pole…
ROSS DUNN: Just leave them there please.
ZOE ROSE: Just leave them there; we would really appreciate that a lot.

Now that still sounds to me like the family is (rightly) annoyed at the flowers being taken away and I assumed, on reading the CT article this morning, that because Urban Services had made a statement saying it was not them, the family’s annoyance must have been directed at them.

What’s Your opinion?


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Manslaughter charge for boy driver
Absent Diane 1:18 pm 06 Sep 05

and maelinar – I think you mean you would respect it bettera if it was written in england….youse

Absent Diane 1:00 pm 06 Sep 05

They certainly do serve as a reminder… especially to all those fuck arses on the road

bonfire 12:59 pm 06 Sep 05

road deaths are not 100% preventable. unless you defy the laws of physics combined with human stupidity and or carelessness.

people die all the time in all sorts of places. we have a place for markers, they are called cemeteries.

anyway, im glad the person has been charged. although being a juvenile and in canberra, expect a slap on the wrist.

if i was a criminal mastermind, id make my HQ in the ACT.

bloodnut1 12:52 pm 06 Sep 05

Maybe we should remove street signs as well… and they are designed deliberately to distract the eye.

Females should not be allowed within fifty metres of the road if wearing revealing clothes. This too is distracting.

Maelinar 12:29 pm 06 Sep 05

I would B happier if somebody could B kind and spell check the B@#$ sign before it is graciously removed by Urban Services. B4 they put up the signs perhaps they could B kind enough to attend school to learn that B is actually spelt be. I know I would certainly respect the sign more if it was written in english.

Then again IMHO all signs not relating to the usage of roads should be removed, as they distract drivers, crosses included.

T_Bone 12:11 pm 06 Sep 05

Alot of deaths are 100% preventable, thats why they are called accidents. Not all of them are road deaths or need crosses but at the location.

Thumper 12:00 pm 06 Sep 05

I’m with LG on this one….

LurkerGal 11:53 am 06 Sep 05

Because road deaths are 100% preventable.

T_Bone 11:45 am 06 Sep 05

I am with Bonfire on this one. Sure they may serve a purpose as reminders but I think they are an eyesore. People die all over the place all the time and don’t get crosses attached to their houses, hospital beds, building sites or where ever the unfortunate event happened. I don’t see road deaths should be any different.

LurkerGal 11:22 am 06 Sep 05

I also disagree. Sometimes seeing a cross on the road can either:

1. Remind you that life is fragile and slow down and drive more carefully

2. Remind you that life is fragile and that you should make the most of the loved ones you have in your life.

Absent Diane 10:58 am 06 Sep 05

I Disagree 100% Bonfire – what harm are they doing??

bonfire 10:43 am 06 Sep 05

as harsh as it may seem, i think urban services should remove things like this. and all those damn crosses that litter the highways.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 10:11 am 06 Sep 05

Sorry, I’m thick today, but wasn’t the boy alleged to be 14 at one stage? Has he had a birthday? Should he be allowed to have another?

Thumper 9:34 am 06 Sep 05

They probably got stolen….

bloodnut1 9:25 am 06 Sep 05

Urban services manage to remove superglued posters off poles in civic within a 24 period. I’m sure flowers attached with sticky tape proved no problems for them.

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