Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Rednecks, Dontcha Just Love 'Em


I don't really need to throw my two bits in do I.

A sister of one of three people killed early Friday in Louisville said it "really isn't a shock to any of us" that her brother died in a high-speed crash.

"The thing that really makes me feel much better about this is they died doing what they loved to do — they were drinking, they were going fast and they were together," Lorie Flaherty said. "It gives me comfort, it does, to know those three things."

Her comments, first published in the Daily Camera over the weekend, set off a firestorm of comments on the newspaper's Web site.

Inside his small room at his parent's Lafayette home, Michael Martin Flaherty decorated the walls with model cars he built, autographed photos of race car drivers and a poster above his bed of the man his father said he idolized, the late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.

Fast cars were what Flaherty, 21, was all about, his family said Saturday, which is why they aren't all that surprised that's how he and two of his closest friends -- Lucas Raymond Snyder, 21, and Amber Dawn Kowalski, 23, who each shared that penchant for speed -- died early Friday when the car they were traveling in crashed at more than 100 mph into a light pole at the corner of McCaslin Boulevard and West Cherry Street in Louisville.more

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