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Old 12-06-2006, 10:49 PM   #1
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Default NY teen indicted in fatal car crash...2nd drug/alcohol accident in 6 weeks

(Original publication: March 22, 2006)


WHITE PLAINS A Bedford teenager who was the driver in two recent serious accidents linked to drugs or alcohol the first one fatal has been indicted by a Westchester County grand jury.

Ralph Tarchine, 18, was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the Dec. 10 accident on Route 22 that killed a passenger, Michael Plunkett. The 17-year-old victim grew up in Bedford and he and Tarchine had remained friends after he moved to Ridgefield, Conn., before the school year.

Six weeks later, while that accident was still under investigation, Tarchine smashed his parents' Saab convertible into a utility pole and tree on Hopp Ground Lane. He and a friend were ejected. Tarchine, whose legs were crushed, was charged with driving while intoxicated and spent more than a month in the hospital.

The indictment was announced yesterday by the District Attorney's Office. In addition to the homicide counts, Tarchine is charged with second-degree assault and second-degree vehicular assault, both felonies, and driving while ability impaired by drugs and driving while intoxicated, both misdemeanors.

Neither Tarchine nor his parents could be reached for comment yesterday. His lawyer, Kevin Kitson, did not return phone calls.

Prosecutors were aware of toxicology test results from the first crash two days before the second accident but had not yet received the written report they were waiting for to charge Tarchine.

The results showed marijuana and other illegal drugs in his system at the time of the fatal crash.

Tarchine was charged in Plunkett's death a week later.

Tarchine's license to drive was suspended by a Mount Pleasant judge after the second accident because his blood-alcohol content was above the 0.08 percent standard for driving while intoxicated.

But many questioned why he was still driving after the first crash, when preliminary toxicology tests indicated there were drugs in his system.

The case spurred calls for legislation that would allow authorities to suspend drivers' licenses following crashes if preliminary chemical screening showed the presence of drugs.

Tarchine is free on $50,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday in Westchester County Court. He faces up to seven years in state prison if convicted of vehicular manslaughter.


News LINK is dead because of age. Check this out. One of his friends posts in the thread, pretty much defending him.

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Old 12-06-2006, 11:02 PM   #2
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Why is this important?
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:02 PM   #3
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I'd like to buy that man a drink!
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:07 PM   #4
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vwvortex makes me feel dirty, post quotes from there now
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:08 PM   #5
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I would also have liked to buy him a drink, last year when this story was published.

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Old 12-06-2006, 11:16 PM   #6
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I would also have liked to buy him a drink, last year when this story was published.

No, my point was check out this post.....The thread died in March and this guy bumped it with this post TODAY.

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It took me awhile to figure out what to say or do in response to what you all have been saying about Ralph Tarchine III. This will be long, direct and honest which most of you on this board have not been. I know Ralph Tarchine III. I have known him for a long time, before and after his accidents and you are all WRONG. An important thing about being an adult, which i thought most of you would be aware of, is being aware that people make mistakes. Im sure most of you all when put in the public eye could not make it for your life. It is pathetic to find people in this area like you all who think they have a right to criticize those that you dont know. You dont know what you would do in Ralph's situation, or what you would do in his parents situation. So i would not criticize. Maybe instead of looking at Ralph's accident as something to comment, judge and accuse, maybe you should look at your own lives, your children and think as to how to prevent them from making the same mistake Ralph did. I admit. Ralph made a huge mistake, and he of all people will pay for it all of his life with or without jail considering that he has acknowledged the fact that he was responsible for taking the life of someone who he dearly loves to this day. Just keep in mind when you judge that there are many facts, many things that you will never know about this case, about ralph, his family or anything. So do not be ignorant. As we are all taught in school, dont believe everything you read, dont be quick to judge, and forgive but dont forget. Maybe you all need to get some schooling. No wonder Westchester is filled with troubled kids...they have troubled parents around them like yourselves. =)

oh and p.s it saddens me to see how each and everyone of you could have been put in this situation during the many times that you probably drank, did drugs etc.
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:29 PM   #7
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**** Ralph. As far as I am concerned, he can DIAF.
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:40 PM   #8
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**** Ralph. As far as I am concerned, he can DIAF.
Agreed, and that verl1 guy too. How many times have I driven while intoxicated? none. Driven after a couple after several hours? Once or twice. Driven while under the influence of any sort of drugs, illegal or otherwise? Never (non-drowsy cold meds and chemotherapy excepting, which of course don't really affect your motor skills). To imply that everyone does it is to suggest that he in fact has done it and doesn't want to feel like people would treat him in a similar fashion. Screw them both. For every pansy ass who says "you can't judge me", I say "I already have." :monkey:
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Old 12-07-2006, 12:19 AM   #9
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Wow...I just read one post from that forum that totally brought something back to me.

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"Five or six years ago a student at Colgate killed four people and injured three others (including himself) when he crashed his car driving drunk. I knew the driver and my family knew one of the passeners who died (his family is very well known in my home town). How much time did the driver get? 1 1/3 - 4 years. That's it. I don't understand why drunk driving isn't taken more seriously when deaths are involved."
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I was a freshman in Colgate when that happened, it was insane. A drunk ass frat boy was racing in his daddy's Range Rover and killed 4 younger students. It was disgusting, he got a little slap on the wrists. God that school was packed to the brim with ass holes.
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Old 12-07-2006, 12:26 AM   #10
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Wow...I just read one post from that forum that totally brought something back to me.

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"Five or six years ago a student at Colgate killed four people and injured three others (including himself) when he crashed his car driving drunk. I knew the driver and my family knew one of the passeners who died (his family is very well known in my home town). How much time did the driver get? 1 1/3 - 4 years. That's it. I don't understand why drunk driving isn't taken more seriously when deaths are involved."
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I was a freshman in Colgate when that happened, it was insane. A drunk ass frat boy was racing in his daddy's Range Rover and killed 4 younger students. It was disgusting, he got a little slap on the wrists. God that school was packed to the brim with ass holes.
thats what you get for naming your school after aftershave.
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Old 12-07-2006, 12:48 AM   #11
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thats what you get for naming your school after aftershave.
Toothpaste dickweed.
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Toothpaste dickweed.
Um...

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Old 12-07-2006, 01:00 AM   #13
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I know it exists, but i would say Colgate is slightlymore famous for it's teefpaste.

Sometimes it's hard to convey sarcasm over the internet without the useage of .
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It was a beautiful campus at least, on the side of a mountain...in the middle of Nowhere upstate new york, stone buildings...really purty when it snowed.
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Um...

You do know that's shave cream, not aftershave, right?
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You do know that's shave cream, not aftershave, right?
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Old 12-07-2006, 03:04 AM   #18
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small world.

RIP plunkett


um... yeah. putting yourself and friends in a situation like that once, forgivable.
doing it a second time... i'm speechless.


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Old 12-07-2006, 03:07 AM   #19
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um... yeah. putting yourself and friends in a situation like that once, forgivable.
doing it a second time... i'm speechless.
Smart people learn from their mistakes.
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Colgate does make Afta Aftershave and Skin Bracer too.
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