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(The Big Story)   RI Gubernatorial candidate: "Just thought you all should know that I hit a man with my car in 1989 and killed him"   (bigstory.ap.org) divider line 50
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2014-01-14 12:10:17 AM  
Thanks, Fung, for making the rest of us look bad.

/Damn Asian drivers.
//Asian driver.
 
2014-01-14 12:11:54 AM  
Welcome to Rhode Island, where a pedophile of any party can be Governor.
 
2014-01-14 12:26:46 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Welcome to Rhode Island, where a pedophile of any party can be Governor.


Wut??
 
2014-01-14 12:29:50 AM  

knbber2: NewportBarGuy: Welcome to Rhode Island, where a pedophile of any party can be Governor.

Wut??


We have the shiattiest choices of Governor in the history of ever.
 
2014-01-14 02:33:52 AM  

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/approves

//well, I'm sure she doesn't actually approve of killing someone with your car, just the part about going into politics afterwards if you happen to run over someone
 
2014-01-14 02:55:08 AM  
He should be punished. Who cares if they didn't charge him?  Hopefully, he loses the election over this.
 
2014-01-14 04:19:05 AM  

JerkyMeat: He should be punished. Who cares if they didn't charge him?  Hopefully, he loses the election over this.


Blood for the Blood God. Skulls for the Skull Throne!
 
2014-01-14 04:20:46 AM  
ummm whats his social level vs the guy that died

have to know that before we can determine if its a real problem
(i wish i was kidding)
 
2014-01-14 04:21:01 AM  
said he was an 18-year-old college student in 1989 when he lost consciousness behind the wheel and hit a man who was changing a tire on Interstate 95.

Okay, well, what were the circs? Did he pass out because he had heat stroke and fainted through no fault of his own? Then it was a tragic accident and sometimes these things happen. Was he exhausted after too many days and nights studying for a poli-sci final? Then he shouldn't have been driving, but apparently he learned his lesson, and we can allow him to express sincere remorse. Was he drunk/high/partying too much and passed out from the then-fashionable "exhaustion"? Then f*ck you, Mr Fung, no high office for you, and especially if your daddy got the DA to drop the charges because it would ruin your snowflake life to come.

Accidents happen; tired people make stupid bad mistakes; but drunks and stoned college students, while they can go on about their lives, don't get to run our government if they kill people and then pretend it never happened.
 
2014-01-14 04:38:25 AM  

Gyrfalcon: drunks and stoned college students, while they can go on about their lives, don't get to run our government if they kill people and then pretend it never happened.


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2014-01-14 04:41:02 AM  

JerkyMeat: He should be punished. Who cares if they didn't charge him?  Hopefully, he loses the election over this.


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2014-01-14 04:42:27 AM  
What sort of bizarro world have I entered? A republican just came forward with the honest truth? Next thing you know, Glenn Beck will be admitting to what happened in 1990...
 
2014-01-14 04:47:52 AM  

vharshyde: What sort of bizarro world have I entered? A republican just came forward with the honest truth? Next thing you know, Glenn Beck will be admitting to what happened in 1990...


i understand now
the fella killed must have been low status

no harm no foul
 
2014-01-14 05:24:56 AM  
I know I drove off the road at during grad. school.  I was going to school 3 hours away from home and working at home on the weekends.  One Sunday on the return trip I got caught in a snow storm so the trip went to 5 hours instead of 3.  Luckily I woke up when the car veered of the road and I was able to get it back onto the pavement without hurting anyone.  In hind site I should have just slept the night at home.

I'd give him the benefit of the doubt.  There were blood and breath tests in 1989.  I'm kind of finding it hard to believe the cops wouldn't have run them unless they had no suspicions.  It should all be in the police reports. 

The 113,000 dollar settlement I'm going to guess was mostly paid by the insurance.  It's not a huge amount in a wrongful death.  The fact that a judge let him seal the records isn't surprising either if his story checks out.  He should unseal the records though now.
 
2014-01-14 05:25:46 AM  
Jesus. Wouldn't pee-pee in the guy's Coke have sufficed?
 
2014-01-14 05:29:47 AM  

HooskerDoo: Jesus. Wouldn't pee-pee in the guy's Coke have sufficed?


When he got out of the car did he run around it a few times first?
 
2014-01-14 05:31:20 AM  
So he's a new, improved Ted Kennedy?

/got nothin'
 
2014-01-14 05:33:11 AM  

Radioactive Ass: HooskerDoo: Jesus. Wouldn't pee-pee in the guy's Coke have sufficed?

When he got out of the car did he run around it a few times first?


No, but he did feel like running over another guy an hour later.
 
2014-01-14 05:36:57 AM  

The bell has just barely been rung
And here comes morose Allen Fung.
He seems quite contrite:
"I regret that night...."
At least he's no Mao Tse Tung.

 
2014-01-14 06:11:43 AM  
The crash happened on a Friday morning in February 1989. The victim was James W. Skipper Jr., a 41-year-old Pawtucket resident who had stopped in the breakdown lane to change the left front tire of his car.

The story doesn't specify, but since Mr. Fung got away with it I assume Mr. Skipper was wearing a hoodie and changing the tire menacingly.
 
2014-01-14 06:11:56 AM  
When god made this Fung guy he broke the mold.
 
2014-01-14 06:30:08 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Okay, well, what were the circs? Did he pass out because he had heat stroke and fainted through no fault of his own?


He "mysteriously passed out at some point" and "to this day doesn't know what happened"... and it never happened again, he settled the civil case out of court for over 100k$, and he made sure his record stayed sealed to conceal any bargaining on the criminal case.

In other words, his drunk ass was drunk as hell, or possibly on something significantly harder, he ran someone down in a drug-induced stupor, and now he's obligated to keep lying about it because admitting the truth now, while the statute of limitations in RI on perjury is only ten years, it'd probably kill his political career.

// Maybe not "beyond a reasonable doubt" alcohol-related vehicular manslaughter, but the preponderance of evidence is fairly unambiguous that he killed someone by being a drugged-up teenaged asshole.
 
2014-01-14 06:37:54 AM  
The guy was obviously not in the right spot for traffic flow. He should have done it Fung's way.

/Worth a shot
 
2014-01-14 06:47:17 AM  
Who killed more people - Charles Manson or Matthew 'the killer' Broderick?
 
2014-01-14 06:58:10 AM  

HooskerDoo: Radioactive Ass: HooskerDoo: Jesus. Wouldn't pee-pee in the guy's Coke have sufficed?

When he got out of the car did he run around it a few times first?

No, but he did feel like running over another guy an hour later.


I am seriously pissed off at you for the damage my monitor just suffered. Also for making me laugh at that.
 
2014-01-14 07:02:23 AM  

ox45tallboy: [upload.wikimedia.org image 300x420]

/approves

//well, I'm sure she doesn't actually approve of killing someone with your car, just the part about going into politics afterwards if you happen to run over someone


What office has she ever run for?
 
2014-01-14 07:14:10 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Was he drunk/high/partying too much and passed out from the then-fashionable "exhaustion"?


Well, he says drugs and alcohol weren't involved.  And this was in 89, not some dark ages where they couldn't test for those things.  His parents were immigrants and to what I've been able to find do not appear to be connected into a good old boy network and able to get the police or a prosecutor to help him out of a jam.  And add that a grand jury, a bunch of joe sixpacks who couldn't get out of jury duty, looked at the evidence and declined to prosecute ... and well, I'd have to give him the benefit of the doubt.
 
2014-01-14 07:26:25 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Gyrfalcon: Okay, well, what were the circs? Did he pass out because he had heat stroke and fainted through no fault of his own?

He "mysteriously passed out at some point" and "to this day doesn't know what happened"... and it never happened again, he settled the civil case out of court for over 100k$, and he made sure his record stayed sealed to conceal any bargaining on the criminal case.

In other words, his drunk ass was drunk as hell, or possibly on something significantly harder, he ran someone down in a drug-induced stupor, and now he's obligated to keep lying about it because admitting the truth now, while the statute of limitations in RI on perjury is only ten years, it'd probably kill his political career.

// Maybe not "beyond a reasonable doubt" alcohol-related vehicular manslaughter, but the preponderance of evidence is fairly unambiguous that he killed someone by being a drugged-up teenaged asshole.


Or, it went exactly as he said. After all, I'm sure the police didn't just take his word that he was sober. But imagining the worst of people can feel nice.
 
2014-01-14 07:26:49 AM  
I think it was assumed he had killed someone while driving.
 
2014-01-14 07:35:36 AM  
Will the honesty of Fung sway voters?

/or will he wind up under water
 
2014-01-14 07:38:31 AM  

ox45tallboy: [upload.wikimedia.org image 300x420]

/approves

//well, I'm sure she doesn't actually approve of killing someone with your car, just the part about going into politics afterwards if you happen to run over someone



This is why I am careful not to run over people with my car. What if it somehow led to politics? How would I face my parents?
 
2014-01-14 07:41:55 AM  
he's only copping to this to veil the fact that i have fotografic (as opposed to "photographic," which is a false creation of the greek jew designed to warp our perception) proof that he is a lizard person!!!1
 
2014-01-14 07:44:15 AM  
The mayor of Providence should just become the de facto governor.

It's a waste of money otherwise.
 
2014-01-14 07:50:13 AM  

winterbraid: The crash happened on a Friday morning in February 1989. The victim was James W. Skipper Jr., a 41-year-old Pawtucket resident who had stopped in the breakdown lane to change the left front tire of his car.

The story doesn't specify, but since Mr. Fung got away with it I assume Mr. Skipper was wearing a hoodie and changing the tire menacingly.



Not a hoodie, but he was definitely wearing a threatening hat.
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2014-01-14 08:00:27 AM  

Jim_Callahan: // Maybe not "beyond a reasonable doubt" alcohol-related vehicular manslaughter, but the preponderance of evidence is fairly unambiguous that he killed someone by being a drugged-up teenaged asshole.


Unless you want to argue and prove that every single accident that involves a teenager is either drug or alcohol fueled and never anything else then please, never serve on a jury. There is no evidence to support any of your preposterous claims much less "The preponderance" of it.
 
2014-01-14 08:11:30 AM  
It's ok Mr. minority republican guy, Glenn Beck allegedly raped and killed a girl in 1990 and got away with it, you should be fine.
 
2014-01-14 08:25:41 AM  
He's a Republican and an Asian running in RI, he has no chance anyway.  May as well put it all out there.
 
2014-01-14 08:36:54 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Gyrfalcon: Okay, well, what were the circs? Did he pass out because he had heat stroke and fainted through no fault of his own?

He "mysteriously passed out at some point" and "to this day doesn't know what happened"... and it never happened again, he settled the civil case out of court for over 100k$, and he made sure his record stayed sealed to conceal any bargaining on the criminal case.

In other words, his drunk ass was drunk as hell, or possibly on something significantly harder, he ran someone down in a drug-induced stupor, and now he's obligated to keep lying about it because admitting the truth now, while the statute of limitations in RI on perjury is only ten years, it'd probably kill his political career.

// Maybe not "beyond a reasonable doubt" alcohol-related vehicular manslaughter, but the preponderance of evidence is fairly unambiguous that he killed someone by being a drugged-up teenaged asshole.


Translation: 'I don't like people who are different from me! They're all criminals!'
 
2014-01-14 09:05:15 AM  
He may lose the erection over this.
 
2014-01-14 09:13:02 AM  

ox45tallboy: [upload.wikimedia.org image 300x420]

/approves

//well, I'm sure she doesn't actually approve of killing someone with your car, just the part about going into politics afterwards if you happen to run over someone


The person she killed just happening to be her ex-boyfriend.
 
2014-01-14 09:28:29 AM  
I think the way he has disclosed this shows a lot of character.
 
2014-01-14 09:29:30 AM  
He TRIIIIIIED to kill me with a forklift
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Ole!
 
2014-01-14 11:08:31 AM  

mrshowrules: I think the way he has disclosed this shows a lot of character.


Probably should ask about the timing, though.
 
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2014-01-14 12:06:58 PM  
That's actually a selling point for Republicans.
 
2014-01-14 12:14:59 PM  

FormlessOne: mrshowrules: I think the way he has disclosed this shows a lot of character.

Probably should ask about the timing, though.


FTA - he may have had the records sealed (from the advise of coworkers at his first job) but has admitted to it anytime someone asked if he had been arrested. even the victim's sister has forgiven him. sounds like he was over worked from school and working at his parents restaurant.
 
2014-01-14 12:22:45 PM  

Gyrfalcon: said he was an 18-year-old college student in 1989 when he lost consciousness behind the wheel and hit a man who was changing a tire on Interstate 95.

Okay, well, what were the circs? Did he pass out because he had heat stroke and fainted through no fault of his own? Then it was a tragic accident and sometimes these things happen. Was he exhausted after too many days and nights studying for a poli-sci final? Then he shouldn't have been driving, but apparently he learned his lesson, and we can allow him to express sincere remorse. Was he drunk/high/partying too much and passed out from the then-fashionable "exhaustion"? Then f*ck you, Mr Fung, no high office for you, and especially if your daddy got the DA to drop the charges because it would ruin your snowflake life to come.

Accidents happen; tired people make stupid bad mistakes; but drunks and stoned college students, while they can go on about their lives, don't get to run our government if they kill people and then pretend it never happened.


Why not try reading the article before ranting in the comments?
 
2014-01-14 01:33:22 PM  

not5am: FormlessOne: mrshowrules: I think the way he has disclosed this shows a lot of character.

Probably should ask about the timing, though.

FTA - he may have had the records sealed (from the advise of coworkers at his first job) but has admitted to it anytime someone asked if he had been arrested. even the victim's sister has forgiven him. sounds like he was over worked from school and working at his parents restaurant.


Read the article. In every time that's he's "admitted" it, it never made it past the small audience to whom he admitted it. This is, honestly, the first time he's admitted it to a wide audience, and he's done so solely because he wants to get ahead of the message - those small audiences are being poked & prodded by the media, I suspect, and so here he is, ensuring that he's in control of the spin. Don't mistake "opportunity" for "character."
 
2014-01-14 01:35:13 PM  
And, don't mistake my cynicism for opposition. I've no clue as to his suitability for the position, and I'm neither for him nor against him. His timing is suspect to me, that's all.
 
2014-01-14 03:51:03 PM  

bestie1: I know I drove off the road at during grad. school.  I was going to school 3 hours away from home and working at home on the weekends.  One Sunday on the return trip I got caught in a snow storm so the trip went to 5 hours instead of 3.  Luckily I woke up when the car veered of the road and I was able to get it back onto the pavement without hurting anyone.  In hind site I should have just slept the night at home.

I'd give him the benefit of the doubt.  There were blood and breath tests in 1989.  I'm kind of finding it hard to believe the cops wouldn't have run them unless they had no suspicions.  It should all be in the police reports. 

The 113,000 dollar settlement I'm going to guess was mostly paid by the insurance.  It's not a huge amount in a wrongful death.  The fact that a judge let him seal the records isn't surprising either if his story checks out.  He should unseal the records though now.


I have had sober friends fall asleep while driving. It happens. If the story is accurate then he should be commended for coming forward and being honest and upfront about his past.
 
2014-01-15 07:35:49 AM  
he actually mentioned this 10 years ago when we was running for city council, but they never followed up on it.  now that he is running for governor it has become a big deal
 
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