Social media sites need to come with a set of instructions teaching people the ethics of using them​ so that we can avoid having to hear about terrible stories like this one. A man in Minnesota is accused of causing a crash that allegedly took the life of a 16-year-old boy. To make this sad tale even worse, the driver later posted a picture of his wrecked car on Facebook and joked about the collision.
"That's her front end after I got done with her lol," wrote alleged driver Michael VanWagner with a smiley face and a photo of the car on Facebook, according to the New York Daily News citing the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. A subsequent message said, "I'm all good slept a day in the hospital then came home and did yard work lol."

The tragic incident occurred on July 22 when VanWagner was reportedly driving without a license when he caused several crashes in Brooklyn Park, MN. A 16-year-old boy in one of the other vehicles was critically hurt and later succumbed to his injuries. According to police, VanWagner smelled like alcohol after the accident but blood test results haven't yet confirmed whether he was legally intoxicated.

VanWagner admitted to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he posted the messages on Facebook but later took them down. "I didn't even know I hit somebody. I just thought I hit something," he told the newspaper.


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      JF GeSchmidtt
      • 4 Months Ago

      One word.  Sociopath.  In society there is no place for them.  We can only hope he is removed from it as soon as possible.

        Alex Ellsworth
        • 4 Months Ago
        @JF GeSchmidtt

        Your response, like most others, is understandably outraged, but I'm not sure those of you posting are truly aware of what it's like to be an alcoholic.  When you have a serious drinking problem, the only decision you can control (if you have resolute willpower) is whether or not to pick up the first drink.  The rest is a downward spiral of impaired judgment and blackout.  But the problem is, alcoholism is such a cunning and baffling disorder that it lulls you into a false sense of complacency: you FEEL fine, you FEEL like you're in control.  Maybe there are episodic times when you do ok, but then: BAM.  It's like Russian roulette with a gun that seduces you to pull the trigger.

        And if you're that far gone, you're probably living in a bubble of a world where that seems normal, surrounded by people just as far gone as you are, where a boozy lol is a response to a horrific crash.  I've witnessed it many times; the hilarious war stories drinking buddies share (like driving to an international border in a blackout, or having a bar fight in London and waking up on a train in the French countryside) become harrowing stories of grief and disgust if people are lucky enough to get into recovery.  Believe me, they're "lol"-ing just to keep from crying, and they're going through life in such a self-medicated haze that their outlooks are completely warped and numbed. 

        None of this is to suggest that alcoholics don't bear complete responsibility for their actions when incapacitated, but when you read of someone's actions and think, "How could he/she do that?," take a moment to learn and understand before you slap a "monster" or "sociopath" label on them.  The sad truth is that most of us have a little bit of "monster" potential in ourselves as well, to one degree or another.  This is why we have laws and consequences, as well as help and treatments. 

          Donny Hoover
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Alex Ellsworth

          Oh, shut up. I get trashed all the time and I'm still not stupid enough to get behind the wheel. Most people aren't, for that matter, and these degenerates deserve no sympathy.

          Larry Litmanen
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Alex Ellsworth

          How about this, don't drink. I don't. Alcoholism is an excuse, if it wasn't for booze you would be snorting stuff.

          T
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Alex Ellsworth

          Alex, No.  Just, No.

          SloopJohnB
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Alex Ellsworth

          Can't disagree…however there is so much law and case law about drinking and driving that alcoholism isn't really a viable defense.  Our current law is such that a diabetic 'incident' is glossed over despite multiple occurrences or resistance to taking insulin and monitoring glucose, or epileptic or MS or other seizures while supposedly being 'controlled' accord to some MD's written opinion, if that is even required.  

        ffelix422
        • 4 Months Ago
        @JF GeSchmidtt

        Actually he fits right in with where "society" is today.

        Sadly, his attitude is common, frequent, and contagious.

        People have become cold...

      brianXL
      • 4 Months Ago

      If that 16 year old that was killed was my kid, my Brother, or a good friend, jail would be the least of VanWhackjob's worries. What a piece of s#!+. If he doesn't get locked up, he will do it again. Judging by the text of his post he hasn't learned a thing.

        waetherman
        • 4 Months Ago
        @brianXL

        What if that whack job was your kid, your brother, your good friend? Just sayin' - there are far too many people who think this is someone else's problem, but that they (their freind, their kid, their brother) are just fine behind the wheel with a drink or two or three. Happens every day.

          clquake
          • 4 Months Ago
          @waetherman

          You're advocating drinking and driving? You're a moron. If you're driving, you cannot drink alcohol.

      rmt_1
      • 4 Months Ago

      I'm quite sure that the Minnesota district attorney's office really appreciates Mr. VanWagner's assistance with their future homicide case against him. At the rate VanWagner's going, he's going to give himself a lethal injection before the grand jury get impaneled. After all, VanWagner has given the D.A. better visual aids than they could have ever imagined to use for the prosecution's closing statement at his trial.

      MotionDesigner
      • 4 Months Ago
      WOW. Here's a more detailed article. Apparently he was involved in two accidents. In the first one he sideswiped a vehicle but kept going anyway and then later crashed with the teen. Via his facebook page he admits to driving while "lying down". The real disturbing part are the photos he posts on facebook 2 full days after the accident, when he clearly knows by then he killed someone. See it for yourself: http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2014/07/mike_vanwagner_allegedly_kills_teen_in_drunken_wreck_posts_pic_of_totaled_car_with_smiley_face.php
      Trobbins88
      • 4 Months Ago

      Wow, what a pig!  This is a guy that I would charge with the worst vehicular manslaughter charge I could, and probably a few other things too.  This is out on the internet, so it will come up at any trial or formal investigation. 

      Me
      • 4 Months Ago
      “Police came and arrested me [Wednesday] morning and let me out because the charges won’t be coming for months,” he said.
      WTF?! Are you kidding?  There is NO question he was driving on a revoked license without insurance.  This guy is a danger to society and a big flight risk.  Dude just killed someone, let'd let him out?
      Jack Steen
      • 4 Months Ago
      It's good that this simpleton asshole's name and location has been made public - it will be helpful in assuring as long prison sentence where he is sure to serve at least twenty long years of assrape for his murder of an innocent child.

      Batter up !


      NJ M
      • 4 Months Ago

      What a Dbag. No remorse whatsoever.....

      For the boys parents, he will remain 16 forever. So sad.

      Psyclist
      • 4 Months Ago

      POS Human being...Should have his citizenship revoked and sent to live in Exile

      artso06
      • 4 Months Ago

      Sad if true, but everything is circumstantial in the story.

      So for right now this is click bate and...I fell for it.

      Rob8
      • 4 Months Ago

      Just kill the POS

      Pinhead
      • 4 Months Ago

      Looks like the kid he killed was a bass player.  That hits close to home.  F-off VanWagner!

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