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    FL - Aaron Klothe, 14, killed in hit & run, DeLand, 23 Nov 2005

    Police: Driver Hit Skateboarding Boy, Left Him To Die



    POSTED: 12:17 am EST November 24, 2005
    UPDATED: 6:47 am EST November 25, 2005


    A 24-year-old man in DeLand, Fla., was arrested early Thursday on suspicion he ran down a skateboarding teen and then left the boy to die in the road, police told Local 6 News.

    Florida Highway Patrol Troopers said Wendall Maxwell was driving his 1995 Isuzu Rodeo sport utility vehicle at about 5 p.m. on West Parkway when he ran over Aaron Klothe, 14.

    Investigators said the vehicle was traveling at "a high rate of speed" when it struck Klothe from behind and did not slow down.

    "It is bad enough it was a child or any human being," Florida Highway Patrol officer Richard Ritter said. "But to leave the scene as far as that goes, it gets your dander up."

    A spokeswoman for Maxwell said he was confused.

    http://www.local6.com/news/5395549/detail.html

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    I don't care if you are drunk out of your mind. Your mind still understands the difference. You don't leave a child to die......or a dog or a cat! You stop and offer assistence...whatever assistence you can provide.

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    I saw this sad story yesterday...

    The driver admitted he knew he had hit him...thank God for that...now he can't claim he was "unaware" of what happened.

    This jerk had a suspended license, and a criminal record.

    The poor little boy had begged his Mom to let him go skateboarding.




    Jane Morris (kneeling) adjusts items Friday at the West Parkway memorial set up for Aaron Klothe. Aaron was friends with Morris' son, Brandon (right). One DeLand-area resident, Denise Forsythe, has complained for years about speeding along the road.
    (BARBARA V. PEREZ/ORLANDO SENTINEL)

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    Scholarship to honor victim

    This is bittersweet....

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...dlines-volusia

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    Aaron was killed Wednesday in a hit-and-run accident while skateboarding on West Parkway, three blocks from his home. Wendall Maxwell, has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash causing death. Additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

    Aaron attended the discovery center's summer camp during the past two years and had planned to attend again this coming summer, his father said.

    "It was something he was very interested in," Howard Klothe said. He said his son mentioned marine science among charter fisherman or marine guide as a possible career.

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    How incredibly sad!!!! We've got skateboarding kids all over my neighborhood. When we built our house, we had the driveway go all the way down the length of the house and wrap around the backyard knowing that one day the kids would want to roller blade, ride bikes, skateboard, etc. We also used the smooth surface instead of the pebbly surface. From the day that driveway dried, kids from the neighborhood have been using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeana (DP)
    When we built our house, we had the driveway go all the way down the length of the house and wrap around the backyard knowing that one day the kids would want to roller blade, ride bikes, skateboard, etc. We also used the smooth surface instead of the pebbly surface. From the day that driveway dried, kids from the neighborhood have been using it.
    That's what I have wanted to do for years! I knew it would be fully utilized by my kids and their friends. It's nice to hear that same idea worked for someone else.

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    From February 2008:

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/...volusia-county

    The 5th District Court of Appeal decided that Wendall Maxwell shouldn't have gotten the 15-year prison term for the 2005 DeLand crash without another review of his mental state, which has deteriorated under an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis.

    With little hope that Maxwell will become competent again, Public Defender Jim Purdy isn't sure how the legal case will get resolved...

    In October 2006, Maxwell pleaded no contest to leaving the crash and driving with a suspended license, but a month later he was hospitalized for a rare and often fatal form of multiple sclerosis. Doctors determined that the illness not only left him physically debilitated, but left lesions on his brain that ate away at his mental capacity.
    From March 2008:

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/...clerosis-judge

    Wendall Maxwell may never be punished for the 2005 hit-and-run death of a 14-year-old DeLand boy.

    But keeping him behind bars would only punish the taxpayers, who have been footing costly medical bills as the 27-year-old man deteriorates from multiple sclerosis, a judge ruled Friday...

    The judge released Maxwell to his mother's care, ending the unusual legal limbo that could have kept him at the Volusia County Branch Jail indefinitely.



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