Boy, 15, dies in Savannah crash

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - On Thursday afternoon, 15-year-old Ricky McAllaster wrote a status update on his Facebook page saying, "don't want to die tonight."

After celebrating New Year's Eve with friends, he was supposed to be headed home.

"He went home - he was supposed to be safe," said his good friend, 15-year-old Daniel Moore, as he wept on his mother's shoulder. "I don't know what happened."

At 2:13 a.m. Friday Savannah-Chatham police and Southside Fire/EMS were called to the bend of Wilmington Island Road on a report of a single-vehicle accident. When first responders arrived, they found that a vehicle had slammed into a cinderblock sign and tipped onto its side.

McAllaster was behind the wheel of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Gena Moore, spokeswoman for Savannah-Chatham police.

Moore would not say whether speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

McAllaster was a freshman at Benedictine Military School.

There were no signs of skid marks leading to the decimated wall, only orange spray paint left by traffic investigators who worked well into the night with the help of a large stadium lamp.

Moore, who also lives in the neighborhood, said the curve where his friend died is known for wrecks, even during the daytime.

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fishman960
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fishman960 01/02/10 - 01:35 pm
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Another tragedy. Life is too

Another tragedy. Life is too precious not to be careful. This poor soul learned with his life.

alsteve
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alsteve 01/02/10 - 02:23 pm
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So sad, why was a 15 yr old

So sad, why was a 15 yr old out driving by himself on New years eve. Tragic!

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TakeAstand 01/02/10 - 02:52 pm
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Condolences to the family. I

Condolences to the family. I agree with alsteve.

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tdp 01/02/10 - 06:04 pm
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I have heard story after

I have heard story after story over the last few years about an underage driver dying behind the wheel. It just happened in Orlando last month -- a 14 year old was practicing parking and wound up killing herself, her mother and her 3 year old sister. A few years back, also in Florida, a 15 year old was driving a van full of other children (no adults were in the car) when she was hit by a semi. I believe something like 9 children in the van died. The laws are there for a reason, people! This child had no business driving and now his parents are paying the ultimate price. A 15 year old just does not have the experience for something as complicated as driving alone. When will parents learn?

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sassygirl12 01/02/10 - 08:07 pm
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that is so sad. my heart goes

that is so sad. my heart goes out to the family and to his friends

solo67997
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solo67997 01/02/10 - 09:14 pm
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God never said how old a

God never said how old a person must be to die, God did say one must accept his son Jesus to inherit eternal life.

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ripricky 01/02/10 - 10:12 pm
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"tdp" whoever you are. you

"tdp" whoever you are. you really need to watch how you say things, because that was rude and disrespectful to ricky's parents. if you knew exactly what happened that would be a different story but you don't. i'm sorry the news papers don't tell you people every little detail of the story. ricky was a great guy and he just made a bad mistake that night and unfortunately he and all of us have to cause the consequences from it. i would hope you wouldn't think his parents dont' care that much to think he just went out with the car and they said have fun, no that's not what happened. his parents did NOT know he was driving. i'm really sorry he had to leave us this way, his life was too short. we love you and miss you ricky mcallaster! RIP

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mieshel 01/03/10 - 09:47 am
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Personally, I think kids

Personally, I think kids shouldn't be allowed to drive until they are 18..Now with cellphones and texting make it 20!!! lol

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Tots 01/03/10 - 11:41 am
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I agree with you

I agree with you mieshel@9:47,about the age being (18) to drive.I send my love and prayers to Rickys family and friends.

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corgimom 01/03/10 - 09:02 pm
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Ripricky, there was nothing

Ripricky, there was nothing rude and disrespectful about it. How nice of you to post information that means he stole the car without his parents' knowledge and permission, THAT is rude and disrespectful. I'm sure the family will thank you.

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