Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

Module88

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Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

Not sure if there is anything to say, but I thought it'd be worth posting:

Article said:
With an out-of-control car bearing down, Joseph Richardson grabbed his 4-year-old daughter and held her up out of harm's way.

It was his last act -- and one that apparently saved his daughter's life.

Richardson, a 39-year-old father of three, was killed Monday evening by the car, driven by a man who police say was drunk.

The car pinned Richardson and his daughter Kaniyah against a wrought iron fence at 95th Street and Wentworth, police said.

Kaniyah survived and was listed in critical but stable condition Tuesday evening at Comer Children's Hospital, where a spokeswoman said she was doing well.

"He held the baby up to keep the car from destroying the baby, but it totally destroyed him," said Richardson's father, the Rev. L.V. Richardson.

Richardson was walking his daughter to a McDonald's for burgers at 6:40 p.m. Monday when a 1990 Chevy Cavalier jumped a curb and careened towards them, police said, citing witness accounts.

He grabbed his daughter just before the car slammed the two into the fence, police said.

Richardson was pronounced dead shortly after the crash -- a loss his twin, Timothy, said he felt before he was told.

"All day I just had a real bad gut feeling that something tragic was gonna happen," the hospital maintenance worker said. "And then when I was at home I could feel him and see, visualize what happened. . . . Right before they called me I could see him being in an accident. I knew he was gone.

"We had a very special connection and I just felt it."

The driver of the car, Angelo Thomas, 32, of the 200 block of West 95th Street, was charged with two felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence, police said. He was also cited with driving without a valid license or insurance.

Joseph Richardson, the father of two girls and a boy, all under the age of 11, was described as a devoted father. His other love was music. He was a gifted pianist and organist and performed in choirs at Cottage Grove Baptist Church and Greater Revelation Missionary Baptist Church, where his father ministers. His idols were Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, his family said.

He wanted to go back to school for a degree in music or theology and become a practicing minister, his brother said.

One of four tight-knit siblings who grew up in the Roseland neighborhood, Joseph Richardson was adept at keeping those close to him safe.

"We looked out for one another," said Timothy Richardson. But Joseph, the larger twin, did most of the looking out, Timothy admitted.

"We used to go to St. Willibrord Catholic High School, and a guy was picking on me a little bit one time and [Joseph] stepped in," said Timothy. "I tried to talk him out of fighting, but him and the guy fought and went through a window together."

On Tuesday, Timothy wanted to remember the good times.

"I am five minutes older than Joseph. But he used to always tease me that even though I'm older, he figured he was better-looking. He always got me with that one."
 

CyberHawk

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

I don't know what to say in sentence form.

I'm pissed off.
Dad of dads....


Its just sad. R.I.P. man.
 

BobCox2

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

Saw this last week. I think the neighborhood he's in, is what sucks here.
 

Johnny

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

The story has been a bit romanticized. Most likely he was trying to pick her up and jump out of the way and things just did'nt go as planned.
 

AeroJonesy

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

The story has been a bit romanticized. Most likely he was trying to pick her up and jump out of the way and things just did'nt go as planned.
So what? Obviously if he had had time for himself, he'd have gotten out of the way too. What makes it special is that his first action was to make sure his daughter was safe.



 

Tanooki

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

I agreed with Johnny when I first read the story last week. But as the man is dead, I like the idea of romanticizing his actions.
 

th5418

Banned
Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

The story has been a bit romanticized. Most likely he was trying to pick her up and jump out of the way and things just did'nt go as planned.
That's great, but he still died and saved his daughter. Slow down sometimes Mr. Immanuel Kant.



 

Dondrei

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

It's probably romanticised, but parents put their child's safety before theirs all the time so I don't see how that means anything.
 

ohnoyellowdinosaur

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

It's probably romanticised, but parents put their child's safety before theirs all the time so I don't see how that means anything.
Because it isn't something that you should over think? Even it was romanticized, he did something that's commendable.


 

Dondrei

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

Well, not really, maybe that kid will grow up to be a monster. All we know is that one unknown quantity was saved and one person who was demonstrably good died.
 

BobCox2

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

Commendable parents would have been raising the kids in a better neighborhood,
See my 1st post.
 

krischan

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

Well, not really, maybe that kid will grow up to be a monster. All we know is that one unknown quantity was saved and one person who was demonstrably good died.
Who knows, perhaps that man was a monster himself ? It's not unusual for villains to sacrifice their lives for their beloved as well, although it's a bit less likely, I admit.

If you need a rational reason for his deed, he did it to ensure that his genes are spread and because his hormones forced him to help everything with a schema of childlike characteristics :tongue:



 

Holysinner

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

If you need a rational reason for his deed, he did it to ensure that his genes are spread and because his hormones forced him to help everything with a schema of childlike characteristics :tongue:
Selfish gene theory? I just finished reading Dawkins.



 

Dondrei

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

Well, that's assuming it really is his kid so I guess it's the selfish but trusting gene.
 

Helatus

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

Wow,

you guys are amazing when concocting conspiracy like theories. Some one does something that any loving parent would do and yet you have to create a fictional front to turn a good deed into a selfish act.

fantastic job.. two thumbs up.
 

Johnny

Banned
Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

Yes I'm sure the drama must be quite excruciating for you.
 

zodiac66

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Re: Dad sacrifices himself to save daughter :(

Commendable parents would have been raising the kids in a better neighborhood,
See my 1st post.
I disagree. People sometimes fall on bad times and have no choice.

I can tell you, I would do the same for my daughter if I were in the same situation and I am far from living in an affluent neighborhood.

So, where you live defines your ability to be a good, caring parent?



 
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