Biker Van Orden, Killed In Boca, Had Lengthy Record

Timothy Van Orden

Timothy Van Orden, courtesy Palm Beach County Jail. He was killed while riding his bike at 2:35am Saturday.

UPDATED@ November 7, 2013. Click here for details on arrest of Drew Blazure, information from Van Orden autopsy provided to public by police. 

UPDATED@ 9:56pm Tuesday, August 27, with confirmation that driver is student at FAU.

UPDATED @ 1:43pm Tuesday, August 27, with information on driver.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — The bicyclist struck and killed by a motorist early Saturday had a lengthy court and criminal record, including three DUI convictions. Timothy Van Orden was in the midst of a ten year driver’s license suspension when he was struck around 2:35 am Saturday while he rode his bicycle on Federal Highway.

Court records confirm what tipsters told after we reported his death. Van Orden, 41, spent considerable time in the Palm Beach County Jail and was in and out of trouble with the law for more than a decade. Charges against him ranged from drug possession to battery. Many of the allegations were not prosecuted by the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office, although the third DUI conviction landed him with a 30 day jail sentence and the ten year license suspension.

Van Orden was pronounced dead at the scene in the 6700 block of North Federal Highway.

Drew Blazure, seen with Rep. Leonard Lance.

Van Orden was allegedly struck by Drew Blazure, a former intern for U.S. Representative Leonard Lance (NJ 7th). Florid Atlantic University tells that he is in a doctorate program at the school.

It traditionally takes several months for the medical examiner to determine — and release — whether alcohol was a factor for either or both people involved in the accident. Traffic homicide investigations — if this is determined to be a “homicide” — traditionally take several months to a year in Palm Beach County.

The Boca Raton Police Department continues its accident investigation. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call police.



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  103 comments for “Biker Van Orden, Killed In Boca, Had Lengthy Record

  1. Ali Mobley
    August 26, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 PM

    Shame on this obviously very poor journalism and journalist going after the victim! I don’t know this poor VICTIM, but the individual who hit him should be fully prosecuted if he was under the influence and not be set free by his wealthy political family! Shame on all of you!

  2. Elle
    August 26, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 PM

    Seriously! There were at least 100 ppl at this man’s funeral. It ran over by an hour because so many people felt compelled to share how this passionate man touces their lives in such positive ways. I expected the follow up article to maybe mention the alcohol content of THE PERSON WHO HIT HIM or how that person did not stop immediately. This is hurtful to Tim’s family and his MANY friends. F#CK YOU Boca News. I just came home from this man’s funeral to find this victim blaming BULLSH!T.

  3. GATOR
    August 27, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 AM

    Sad journalism

  4. Sue C.
    August 27, 2013 6:33 am at 6:33 AM

    Shame on this paper!!!! Tim was our friend and we don’t care about his past, we care that he was killed by someone who was driving drunk. Where’s the mug shot of Drew Blazure? Tim’s family and friends are morning his passing and your trying to belittle him. Your article sickens me and I am in shock that your superiors would let you write such and article.

  5. Melissa
    August 27, 2013 7:09 am at 7:09 AM

    Horrible journalism. This man was killed riding his bike. Shame on you. Hope his family doesn’t read this.

    • Ang
      August 27, 2013 8:57 am at 8:57 AM

      I know that they definitely have… these people have no soul…. no humanity and should be totally ashamed of themselves for printing this crap…. so what he had a criminal background… he “fn” was killed…. unbelievable!!

    • Sandy
      August 27, 2013 5:42 pm at 5:42 PM

      They already have and are torn to shreds!!!!!! This is My Daughter-In-Laws Brother and the Family is just SICK about this….Tim was a VERY LOVING YOUNG MAN who was really getting his life back together!!! Justice will be served and God and The Universe are watching out for the Van Orden Family…RIP Timothy….You will never be forgotten…XO

  6. Jessica Lintott
    August 27, 2013 7:53 am at 7:53 AM

    Really Boca News staff? The Victim had a record? How about the guy driving the car? Is someones past even relevant here? Drag the guy through the mud why don’t you? Do you have an opinion here because clearly all I see is mud slinging. Wondering who your tipster was, perhaps family of the drunk driving the car? This is low class journalism at it’s finest. This article should be retracted, Have some respect for the deceased and his family. Disgusting.

  7. JAG
    August 27, 2013 7:55 am at 7:55 AM

    How dare you??? What about letting the dead REST IN PEACE??? Tim was not in the middle of committing a crime when this happened so why bring up his past record??? SO what he had a past record?? That makes this ok for someone to strike and kill him? Why not talk about the person who KILLED HIM?? How would YOU feel WHOEVER wrote this if Tim were your friend or son?? Have you thought about his family who is mourning the loss of Tim instead of insulting someone who is no longer with us? I feel sorry for you!! YOU are a disgusting person!

  8. Doug
    August 27, 2013 7:57 am at 7:57 AM

    This article is crap, why talk bad about the victim? He was obviously obeying the law and riding a bicycle because he lost his license, but not one prop for that only negative comments. Bunch of bull.

  9. denise d
    August 27, 2013 8:12 am at 8:12 AM

    You should all be ashamed of yourselves! This man was killed by a drunk driver! Where is the story about the driver? Why isn’t his face plastered here? Tim has friends and family that care and love him and he is the victim here! Get a life and learn how to report the news!

  10. Kim
    August 27, 2013 8:15 am at 8:15 AM

    Tim was a beautiful person!
    He was killed by a drunk driver.
    Horrible journalism!!!

  11. Darla
    August 27, 2013 8:17 am at 8:17 AM

    Being a journalism major this not a real paper it seems obvious from their writing most likely want to be journalist who could not make it even to the minor leagues. The giveaway is the author is “new staff” the person who wrote was influenced by an outside source and worried about printing their name. This National Enquirer type of publication lacks any integrity to be a real news source. I am just so sad family and friends had to read this.

  12. GM
    August 27, 2013 8:27 am at 8:27 AM

    The purpose of this article is…?
    What a total insult to an innocent victim of a senseless crime.
    The editor should be fired and the journalist should find a new career.
    You should all be ashamed of yourselves for writing this and then having such a level of stupidity to publish it.

  13. Shelli Taggart
    August 27, 2013 8:43 am at 8:43 AM

    This is pathetic. Whomever had the audacity to scribe this crap should hit his or her knees and thank GOD that a drunk driver CLEARLY hasn’t taken someone from YOUR life, or there’s NO WAY you would have the audacity to have published this bullsh*t.

    What a coward you are for not even listing your name as the author. Is that so we can’t possibly look up YOUR record? We all have skeletons in our closets… let me know yours so I can write an article about YOU!!

    I hope karma catches up to you, and QUICK. That’s what I will be praying for today…

    • Darryl
      August 27, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 AM

      Nicely done Shelli. Karma always wins.

    • JoJo
      August 27, 2013 5:22 pm at 5:22 PM

      Does having a troubled past make Tim any less of a victim? And, how is this news? You should be ashamed of yourselves! Tim, was a brother, a son and a friend. As you drag his name through the mud, perhaps you would be well served by keeping that in mind. Whatever difficulties Tim may have had later in his life, I will always remember him as a kind, generous, and caring person. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his friends and family.

  14. August 27, 2013 8:45 am at 8:45 AM

    This is unconscionable!

    I went to school with Tim. I can’t believe what I am reading!!!!!!!!!

    I thought this was going to be about DREW BLAZURE. The 24 year old drunk driver who KILLED Tim. Tim, who NEVER killed anyone. We all have a past. We have all made mistakes. Especially the “writer”, editor, and newspaper of such an article, for attacking someone who had their life tragically and senselessly taken.

    By the way, any true journalist proof-reads their work before submitting it to print, as does their editor. Shoddy work from a shoddy “newspaper”.

    Tim Van Orden WILL be remembered in a loving light. He is greatly loved, and will be greatly missed. May he soar peacefully with our Father’s most divine and elite Angels. May we all feel his comfort and love as he watches over us from above.

    To Tim’s family, and of those he touched~My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you.

  15. Noneya
    August 27, 2013 8:45 am at 8:45 AM

    It is ignorance which would support the writing of this article. It is sickening to know that an article like this is likely the result of grandiosity and perhaps even a payoff. To see an article belittling the VICTIM of a tragedy is abhorrent “journalism”. You are part of what is wrong with this country. Shame on you.

  16. Jimmy
    August 27, 2013 8:48 am at 8:48 AM

    Hack writers by the looks of it. Seriously, the whole “ staff” takes credit for this sh*t heap? How many writers do you really even have for this bologna website? At least have the integrity to name yourself, or yourselves.

    Let me ask you something, Do Tim’s crimes include riding into oncoming traffic too? What about VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER?? Drew Blazure may not have a record yet, but VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER while DUI is a hell of a place to start. I shudder to think what this kids record might be in seventeen years, when he is Tim’s age, if this is his starting point.

    This article is a disgrace. Did that “tipster”, I mean that kid’s family give you a kickback for your “due diligence”?

  17. Paige Hrynko
    August 27, 2013 8:59 am at 8:59 AM

    Why would you go and post this guys past? What does his past have to do with his death? This man has died. Your journalism lacks a lot of credibility. Big deal, you went and dug up his records! Is that going to bring him back? Are you helping his family? What has he been accused of here? Obeying the law and riding a bike instead of driving a car? Get a life and go report something worthy. You have done nothing but insult your own integrity and hurt this family. Shame on you

  18. James
    August 27, 2013 9:00 am at 9:00 AM

    Have some perspective…This is despicable. Shame on you, Boca news now staff. I hope you would lose sleep after writing such drivel, as I have reading it, but that would require integrity. Drink bleach

  19. Kirsten
    August 27, 2013 9:07 am at 9:07 AM

    As a journalist you should be
    fired and seek employment in the rag mags as you are obviously not qualified for much more
    than that! As a human being you should burn in hell for causing any more pain to the people who loved him and are mourning !

  20. Julie
    August 27, 2013 9:19 am at 9:19 AM

    It is ignorance which would support the writing of this article. It is sickening to know that an article like this is likely the result of grandiosity and perhaps even a payoff. To see an article belittling the VICTIM of a tragedy is abhorrent “journalism”. You are part of what is wrong with this country. Shame on you.

  21. Karen
    August 27, 2013 9:19 am at 9:19 AM

    Who cares anything about his criminal record??? The guy DIED! Through no fault of his own, and in no way connected to his past! What poor alarmist journalism… the writer should be ashamed of this article and the paper should pull it and issue an apology to his family! Just disgusting!

  22. Karen
    August 27, 2013 9:21 am at 9:21 AM

    Wow, this really confirms my suspicion that this rag is run by a single weirdo with a vendetta. How dare you drag this man through the mud after his death? WHO CARES about his past record? Why aren’t you going after the person who killed him?? I’m not reading this crap paper anymore. Goodbye, freak.

  23. Jamie u
    August 27, 2013 9:27 am at 9:27 AM

    Wow, a more appropriate title for this, “Let’s Blame the Victim”. This is so grossly unbalanced and I can’t help but wonder if the author of this story is married to the driver of that car…failing to mention the driver’s blood alcohol level…how the driver FLED the scene. This is akin to writing a story about rape and only reporting on the victim’s sexual history. Wow!

  24. Tracy
    August 27, 2013 9:29 am at 9:29 AM

    Shame on you boca news! This article is such a disgrace. Where is the mug shot of the guy that hit him? He was obviously obeying the law and riding his bike because of his loss if license. Tim was a great guy with a past. Who doesn’t have one?? Whoever wrote this article you should be ashamed of yourself.

  25. constance struble
    August 27, 2013 9:33 am at 9:33 AM

    How dare you do this to Tim and his family. How dare you bring up his past really that has nothing to do with what happened to Tim or the pain you jerks our causing his family. This is the worst Tim was the victim and so was his family and you don’t say anything about the drunk that killed him!!! I hope you guys can sleep at night because karma is a big fat B••CH. I hope enough people in Florida boy cot your paper because its not news you write its Trash!!!!! Wow I hate to see if any of your past mistakes every come back to kick you in the butt. Tim was a good person with a past who cares he was a great friend,brother,son and uncle. You people need to do what’s right and clean up Tim name thanks!!!!

  26. Christine J
    August 27, 2013 9:49 am at 9:49 AM

    His past is irrelevant – this is a pathetic attempt of journalism. Fact is he was struck and killed by a drunk driver. I went to school with Tim and its a shame you focus only on the negative. Did you know Tim personally – NO! Focus on the story at hand – he was killed. How does his past history change or affect the outcome of this most unfortunate event?? It doesn’t and shame on you for printing such am article.

  27. Ray
    August 27, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 AM

    This is the most disgusting thing I have seen from a newspaper. Why? This article should be retracted and you should be ashamed of yourselves. How about doing some investigative research on the driver and not the victim? How about reporting how many people loved Tim?

  28. Sarah Friend of Tim
    August 27, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 AM

    This is such a shame to see this type if journalism at the time of an innocent persons death! This man was our friend , classmate , and someone’s brother , son , ….. Ect … Why on earth would a public paper write about his past when he has just Gotten Killed by a DRUNK DRIVER??? Where’s that scumbags name and photo??? The kid who killed him was 24 years old, how’s that for irresponsible ???? This world we live in is so twisted anymore , when people would like to try to slander the innocent and glorify the guilty??? Get it together people!!! God rest his soul, and R.I.P. Tim ….prayers to his family and loved ones … And whomever is in charge of this should be ashamed !! Time to reevaluate who writes for your paper!!!!

  29. Erica J
    August 27, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 AM

    Pathetic journalism! This ENTIRE article is soley pointed at irrelevant information. Why would you focus on the VICTIM’s UNRELATED past history? Do you really think that having a past history, regardless of incident, makes this man any less of a VICTIM? He was STRUCK and KILLED by another human. Have you run out of facts when creating this sensationalized headline? How much were you paid to be so DISRESPECTFUL to his loved ones by publishing this GARBAGE?

  30. Darryl
    August 27, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 AM

    I have to say, this article makes my skin crawl. How someone can bring up issues of someones past that have no relevance to what happened is beyond me. “Freedom of the press” maybe so, but what about common decency and respect for a human being who was killed. You should be ashamed for writing this and those who allowed this to be posted should also be ashamed. I am sure there are many who feel like I do.
    I have to ask, what was your purpose in writing this article? To hurt the family? Make Tim look like the bad guy and got what he deserves? Take the spotlight off Blazure? I would like a response please. Or will you just say nothing and hide behind your computer?

    • Erica J
      August 27, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 AM

      Excellent response Darryl !!!!

      • Darryl
        August 27, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 AM

        Thank you Erica J.

  31. jessica osborne
    August 27, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 AM

    His family should sue you sleazebags for liable. Who hit him? Does his history have anything to do with the incident? By drudging up past drug and alcohol interaction you directly suggest it was the cause of his demise.. Did he run a stop? Was he riding in a way to suggest impairement? You owe his family a public apology. Seriously, no mention of his murderer? You have 0 journalistic integrity. Do not slander the dead to sell your rag.

  32. Lee
    August 27, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 AM

    WOW! I’m repulsed that anyone would take the time to write such an article. Shame on you!

  33. Sean
    August 27, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 AM

    Seriously? You call this journalism? You got a tip about the victim? How about working on tips about the Suspect who killed this poor man who was out riding his bike, legally, in a bike lane! Where is the article and information on the Suspect? A High School paper can do better than this article! Your paper and journalist should be ashamed of themselves for dragging a victim through the mud. Yes he had a bad record but what does that have to do with him dying? You all seriously need to look up what a true journalism is about or find a new career cause you seriously suck at your job

  34. Bill S.
    August 27, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 AM

    For Shame Boca…Tim Was The Victim In The Accident…And You Have Nothing Better To Write On The Incident Other Than He Had Arrests…Not The fact That He Was On A BICYCLE And The Other Person Was In A MOTOR VEHICLE. Would You Have Done The Same If He Were A PEDESTRIAN? I Think You Owe The Van Orden Family and Friends An APPOLOGY At The Least.

  35. Tricia
    August 27, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 AM

    Was this really necessary to put his past in this article. He was the one who was hit…not the other way around~~where is the article and picture of the drunk DREW BLAZURE who hit him? SHAME ON THIS ARTICLE and the Boca News Staff……..REALLY!!!!!! Obviously nobody was thinking of his family and friends who are morning him. Karma is a bitch, that’s all I’m gonna say!! What a bunch of CRAP!! Also to the Boca police for giving out this information to a piece of crap news paper.

  36. AMS
    August 27, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 AM

    Funny how the article is written by “staff.” No real journalist would take credit for such unsubstantiated work . ( I am actually guessing an unsupervised intern wrote it) A man was killed. The article seems to leave out any facts that prove — or even correlate to –how his challenged past was somehow the cause of or in any way connected to his tragic death. Seems like a very “National Enquirer” let’s give our advertisers their money’s worth and sensationalize this as much as we can” kind of reporting. Or perhaps you what you are really trying to tell us that in BOCA NEWS NOW’S opinion if he had been a “good” man he would be “worthy” of sadness and mourning but since he had a troubled past he didn’t really matter to your “staff” and he shouldn’t matter to us, your readers either. Oh and you know what else let’s finish up with the sensational – VICTIM is going to be tested for drugs and alcohol. Instead of the simple truth “in accordance with Florida law, both the driver and victim will have mandatory toxicology tests run. Those reports could take several months to be completed.”

    To the reporter of this article – I am quite sure this was not the kind of journalist you dreamed of becoming.

  37. Alison
    August 27, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 AM

    I just spoke to an attorney and his family can sue this blog non newsite for slander. Once they mourn they should go and take down the whole blog and the uneducated people who wrote it! Hopefully this disgusting rag will have to pay so much in legal fees and shunned from any other mediocore job they can try to get.

    • Marcy Ebel
      August 27, 2013 4:21 pm at 4:21 PM

      First off, slander is the spoken defamation of a person. Libel is “defamation by printed or written word”.
      Second, defamation is “unjustified injury of the good reputation of another.” Granted, Tim Van Orden had a troubled past, but as what was printed is in no way relevant to his being struck and killed by a car, I believe that qualifies as unjustified and therefore falls into the category of libel.

      Good journalism should stick to the facts as relevant to what happened. If you want to dig up dirt on someone, it should be on the person who hit and killed the victim, not the victim himself. This is not good journalism. It is offensive, hurtful to the family and friends of the victim, and just plain unethical.

      • Marcy Ebel
        August 27, 2013 4:58 pm at 4:58 PM

        Perhaps that is true. If his license was not suspended he might have been in a car. If whomever wrote this article felt it necessary to say why he was riding a bike (or presumably why), it should also have been noted that he was in compliance. The rest of the facts reported have no bearing whatsoever on his role as the VICTIM in this unfortunate incident. Your comment that it’s all relevant is simply not true. It is in very poor taste to publish such unsavory information about a victim of a crime just to gain readers.

      • Renee
        August 27, 2013 5:20 pm at 5:20 PM

        Question: If I had been walking on the side of that road and were hit by the DRUNK driver (maybe I was coming home from work, maybe I can’t afford a car, hey – maybe A MILLION reasons why I was walking there or biking there)…how would it be my fault? I have zero criminal record. Please explain.

      • Shelli Taggart
        August 27, 2013 5:51 pm at 5:51 PM

        So by your explanation, If Tim had simply been riding OR driving home from a late shift at work, he would STILL be less of a victim in your eyes because he has a record?? Have you ever heard of FORGIVENESS? It’s a shame you don’t have the courage to take this article down – we will help you out with that over the next few days by contacting your competitors, advertisers and subscribers in all means possible to let them know what an upstanding human you are. Karma Karma Karma

  38. Lynette
    August 27, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 AM

    Published Piece View: I don’t consider this piece as journalism as it is utterly incomplete. It rivals the back-yard written junk that has so prevalently taken hold of and infected the collective sense of appropriateness, relevancy, perspective, and sense of judge-and-jury wrapped in a cloak of self-righteous narcissism. Worse yet is the public consumes this – obvious, as you are still in business – and worse yet advertisers pay you to put their ads alongside your dribble. I refuse to read farther than this ‘highlight’ of your journalistic capabilities. Its shameful. I wonder what your outcome is if I apply the same judge-and-jury approach to you and your ‘toilet paper’ as you have to Tim…
    Personal View: Tim was a wonderful person. And he still is. Despite his issues of his past. Thankfully, in living with his own demons we never read he killed someone. I hope those that love and know Tim find peace within. I hope his killer has plenty of ‘quite time’ to consider the consequences of his actions. i hope you reconsider and republish and redeem yourselves. And I hope Tim is eternally happy.

  39. Carol
    August 27, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 AM

    WOW I am completely dumb founded by this article. I was shocked on Saturday to learn that a fellow high school classmate of mine was killed while riding his bicycle. We come from a small town in northern New Jersey and when something like this happens we all are affected.

    I do not understand why would it matter what Tim’s past has to do with this incident, his past is irrelevant. He was on his bicycle because he didn’t have a license; I’d say that was pretty responsible because you have a lot of people that still would have driven.

    This article is a disgrace and the Boca News Now writers and editors should be ashamed of themselves for writing such slander of a deceased. This article should be pulled and the family of the deceased should be apologized to but sad to say the damage has already been done. You’ve lowered yourselves to the lowest level imaginable. Oh and PS please have the person who wrote this article check his spelling before he decides to publish anything else…the bicyclist stuck, think you meant struck!

    RIP in peace Tim…J-Town missed you!!!

    • Carol
      August 27, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 AM

      Ok, so I realized I had a typo…sorry to all those that read it :(

      RIP Tim…J-Town misses you!!!!

  40. Amy D
    August 27, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 AM

    So, Boca News Now, are you saying that because this man had a past it justifies his death? It is absolutely disgusting the way you are reporting this. Yes, this man had a past, but he also had family and friends and as long as you have some dirt to dig up on someone, hooray for you! If this had been a person on a bicycle with no record, you would be talking about how sad and tragic the loss was. I think you should be proud that you are solidifying the public’s opinion about the media…bunch of sensationlist vultures….caw….caw….

  41. Joe Procopio
    August 27, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 AM

    How dare you report my friend’s unfortunate past…what does ANY of that information have to do with the fact that he was killed by a drunk driver. This makes me sick and appalled to read about this. Tim was a classmate of mine from Jefferson Township, NJ….a great individual, always there to help others, always had a smile on his face, and always made us laugh. THAT is the way he should be remembered. A persons path in life has no place in this unfortunate accident…his past didn’t cause some drunk kid from running him down and killing him…talk about Drew Blazure’s past and why he was driving drunk at 2:45am…THAT is the story.

    I will chose to remember my friend as the caring, loving, happy go lucky, fantastic human being that he was! RIP Tim…we’re all going to miss your spirit…He may not have been a saint, but that matters not…who of us can say we are?

  42. Rosarie
    August 27, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 AM

    What a shame that this man was struck and killed and you only care to discuss his past. For shame.

  43. Shawn
    August 27, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 AM

    I read this article three times. I then and went and looked for the article on Drew Blazure. Nothing?

    Now go and do your job and seek out Drew Blazure. How he got intoxicated, where he got intoxicated, who served him to get him intoxicated. Then start to ask the tough questions, like why did you get behind the wheel and try to drive?

    The fact that Tim had a past is irrevelant to the story. It may not be irrelevant to Drew Blazure though if he has a past of being intoxicated and driving a vehicle.

    Drew Blazure was a bright kid from everything that I found on him. Maybe you should report how he just threw someone’s life away along with the possiblity of his own.

    Hey Boca News Now – if you think the people who commented on the above article are just going to let this go, guess what, that is not what we were taught to do. We stand up for our classmates and friends.

  44. Jesse B
    August 27, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 AM

    Pretty sad! Is this paper trying to take the spot lite off of the fact that a person was killed by a DUI? I wonder if the people responsible for this article will out this afternoon for happy hour laughing over the comments made about what they wrote! Everyone has a past and people make mistakes! Here’s an idea, why don’t you write a article about Mr Belton! You know him? The WWII Vet 89 years old killed by two teen black thugs by continuously punching him the face! Tim was a good guy! Let him and his family have their peace! Jess B!

  45. Jackie
    August 27, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 AM

    This man was a victim, he was killed tragically, he has family left behind who are mourning his loss. Why the writer would choose to focus on his past is beyond comprehension. Where is the compassion? Oh, I guess compassion doesn’t sell news does it?! Prayers to Tim’s family for having to deal with this huge slap in the face in addition to their loss.

  46. Christine Fascia
    August 27, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 AM

    How dare you as a so called journalist write something as awful as this. This mans life was taken away from him and everyone else that loved him by a DRUNK DRIVER. Why would you trash talk him. His past true or not has nothing to with how he was taken from all. Maybe try sitting back and thinking of the pain your cr*p words above could be causing a family that is already suffering and hurting. I don’t understand what the point was for writing this garbage but it only makes me think you yourself are a person full of anger, hate, and out right miserable with your own being.

  47. Renee
    August 27, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 AM

    I do not know Mr. Van Orden, but reading this article makes me angry and sickened. By reporting his past legal troubles, are you somehow insinuating he was less of a victim? It makes me wonder what the TRUE story is…who was the drunk driver? What’s his full story? Were these “tipsters” somehow using their position(s) in society to deflect attention away from the real story? Are they connected/related to the drunk driver? Why was the drunk driver never mentioned in your article? I’ve never even heard of your little outfit before, but I’d bet money that we’re not going to find out the answers to my questions through you. It would take real journalists to report that.
    With “reporting” like this, it’s pretty scary that you have noted on here that “ is the leading site for news and information based in Boca Raton, Florida.” Wow.

  48. Craig Kanis
    August 27, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 PM

    This “biker” was still paying for his past and now has paid the ultimate price. He was following the rules of his sentence, not breaking the law by driving. But none of that even matters in this case. He was on a bicycle and was hit by a car. The victum’s past has no right being the story. The story is what the driver of the car was doing wrong. You really should be ashamed for writing this article.
    Sit back and bask in the glory that your article is recieving so many hits as “going viral” seems to be the only purpose here. If I’m wrong, defend why the piece was written.

  49. Cheryl Wallace
    August 27, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 PM

    I don’t ever find myself compelled to respond publicly to articles written, however, I just was just shared this link on Facebook and found myself extremely sadden by the extremely poor journalism that the article conveyed. I’m not sure if the writer ever lost a loved one and realizes how hurt Tim’s family and friends are and will be when they read this article.

    I graduated high school with Tim and had the honor to call him a friend. To say Tim was a great guy is an understatement, he was not only a loyal friend and would be there for you no matter what was going on in his life, he also held his family very close to his heart.

    Although in recent years we lost touch – reading posts from his current circle of friends I can see his character was still as solid as it was 23 years ago.

    We lost one of the good guys and those of us who knew him will always cherish the memories we shared- no poor journalism or negative article written of Tim can take that away.

    • Tresha Bisang
      August 27, 2013 3:17 pm at 3:17 PM

      Very well said Cheryl!!! I concur!

    • Dawn Ritzer
      August 27, 2013 4:20 pm at 4:20 PM

      I agree with Cheryl as well. No article written by a cowardly stranger can change what’s real to those who knew him. RIP Tim none of us feel any differently about you having read this poor attempt to discredit your good nature.

  50. Sharleen
    August 27, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 PM

    You should be ashamed of yourselves! Tim’s past has nothing to do with him being killed by a drunk driver one who supposedly tried to flee the seen! What a great character this man is, only worrying about himself and no thought for the life that he just hit! As a wife of a victim who was killed by a drunk driver, I am sickened to read what you wrote! As usual in this country if one has money there seems to be no responsibility for their actions. Do you think the American public is stupid with you tipster comment? We all know the family tipped you off to deflect the real responsibility from DREW BLAZURE and not to discredit his name and possible future in politics! And to discredit his family which I am making an assumption have $ to try to protect this loser! WE all make mistakes and unfortunately Drew did as well, but now he needs to pay for his actions and take responsibility rather than having his family/friends try to put the blame on Tim! As said earlier, my husband was killed by a drunk driver who never took responsibility and him and family tried to act like they were the victims in all of this. No one cared that my husband lost his life and my less than 2 year old and two week old daughters were left without a father and his family lost a son and brother! These people were just like Drew and his family trying to deflect the real blame in all of this! You as a journalist, should really be ashamed of yourself and this so called new paper/website is a disgrace to the country! Obviously you got paid off very handsomely or do the devils work! As with many of the other replies, karma will come back to haunt you and I just wish Tim’s family can witness it! It does not matter what Tim did in past, he was a son, a brother and uncle and friend and no one needs to have their family member written up in this manner when they are the victim! I hope they sue your butt’s off! Really hope it was worth the payoff because your time will come!

  51. Carolyn Grese
    August 27, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 PM

    This article is DISGUSTING! This is news? This is defamation of character. This article should be retracted and a formal apology should be given to the family.
    This is not a newspaper it is a trash column!!

  52. Debbie Yodice
    August 27, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 PM

    SHAME SHAME SHAME ON BOCA NEWS NOW! This article leaves me speechless! Blaming the victim, not the drunk driver! Unfortunately I’m sure his family has read this dispicable article, how dare you put them through this! You deserve to be sued and shut down!

  53. Brenda Welch
    August 27, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 PM

    As someone who worked for a newspaper in Florida for years, I have a good understanding as to what makes a story that benefits and educates the community. This is absolute trash on an ethical level, not to mention you all missed a glaring error “stuck” in the lede. The “staff” who wrote this drivel along with the editors who approved this story for publication should be embarrassed. So many of the outstanding reporters and editors I know jumped ship from newspapers a long time ago, and this is the reason why. Who wants to be associated with this tabloid-level, exploitive, piss-poor, attention-seeking trash?? Where’s the piece on the person that killed him? How does Tim’s past have ANYTHING to do with what happened to him? I hope the family sues you for defamation and that your readers cease reading anything produced by you and your crackpot team. You should be ashamed. Good job festering in the bowels of journalistic integrity. RIP Tim, and to his family…I am so sorry for your loss. This “article” does NOTHING to alter my view of Tim…it just cements this rag in shame.

  54. Kristen
    August 27, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 PM

    What a freaking joke! This guy who was simply riding his bike gets KILLED and all you have to report is that he has a past?!?!? A PAST, nothing that he was previously charged with has ANYTHING to do with his death. What about the person who hit and killed him? I hear NOTHING about that sad sack of skin. Do some better reporting. Go back to school. Do something that actually counts like reporting the real news of this story which is that somebody HIT him as he was riding a bike. I wonder how perfectly rosey and skeleton-free the authors past is?

  55. BILL M
    August 27, 2013 1:02 pm at 1:02 PM

    You should all google “Drew Blazure” He has interned for a congressman in the US House of Representatives.
    This should give you all some insight as to who manipulates the media.
    By crucifying Van Orden in the press this might show leniency in the future for Blazure!!
    I am appalled by this!! A man has died and this paper finds it OK to to drag the decedents name through the mud!!
    Please post the name of the politician who is influenced your journalism!

  56. William Perez
    August 27, 2013 1:07 pm at 1:07 PM

    Sensationalism still sells papers.. where do we see the investigation going forward for the search of who hit him? Today they killed a poor guy who regardless of his past did not deserve to die. Tomorrow one of our kids could be the next victim… use the media to create awareness! I know this does not grab headlines; but it is the right way..the media should use the channel to HELP and correct today’s problems. Only then can the public prevent a tragedy from happening tomorrow.

  57. LizB. New Jersey
    August 27, 2013 1:09 pm at 1:09 PM

    I have known Timmy all of his life he is a very sweet. Sensitive do anything for you type of guy. How
    Dare this paper allow this article be run. He is the victim of this terrible accident and you are attacking him & family.
    Timmy RIP you will never be forgotten and will always have a special place in my.

  58. Kristina
    August 27, 2013 1:35 pm at 1:35 PM

    Horribly written! You as a journalist, as well as your editor, publisher along with anyone else that touched or read this b4 it went to printing should be ashamed of yourselves! Have some respect for the deceased!!! No need to dig up his passed and beat the topic the way it was. Getting killed by a reckless/drunkin driver is a shame no matter the age, losing your life at the age of 41 is TRAGIC!!! A RETRACTION AND APOLOGY SHOULD BE PRINTED TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF TIM! This is not an informative paper… IT’s a RAG!

  59. Robin
    August 27, 2013 1:36 pm at 1:36 PM

    This is just repulsive!!!!!!! What the family is enduring right now is already awful… but to add this on top of it!? At first I wasn’t sure about sharing the article because it just sickens me to think his loved ones have to be exposed to this…but I honestly feel the outrage that has been expressed by friends and strangers alike in the comments both on the article and so far that I’ve seen on Facebook is more powerful than this author’s audacity. And who knows… maybe the “right” thing will be done because of that! I do especially love how in the title they use “biker” as if to try give him some kind of “bad gang image” on top of everything else and then you read the article and it was a bicycle!!! And let’s just be honest here… most of the best people I know are “bikers” however they want to spin it so that disgusts me too!! I am so disturbed that they are only focused on his past rather than the fact that HE WAS HIT BY A CAR WHILE ON A BIKE!? He was obviously obeying his consequences of those past choices and let’s repeat this… HE WAS ON A BICYCLE. He wasn’t the one driving the car, he was the victim here. The VICTIM! Regardless of what he did in his past or even that damn morning!! And speaking of cars… how about we focus on the one that obviously didn’t stick around!? Any more news on that?! Or is the media too busy compiling sh!t to distract from the one who killed him!? All my best goes out to the family!!! Hopefully someone will get their priorities straight and work on finding answers for you rather than waste any more time on this BS!!

  60. JerseyGirl
    August 27, 2013 1:38 pm at 1:38 PM

    Boca News … you have failed miserably. Retract this story and extend an apology to Tim, his family, his friends and the fine citizens of Boca Raton who clearly deserve better from their hometown journalists.

    • denise d
      August 27, 2013 5:10 pm at 5:10 PM

      How about you apologize to his family. You seem to think this is a joke. How about if someone did this to your loved one?

    • Shelli Taggart
      August 27, 2013 5:58 pm at 5:58 PM

      How about you try and figure out how to apologize to someone who is dead?

      Maybe start by scrutinizing your next article and insuring that it isn’t hateful…

  61. Elaine
    August 27, 2013 1:46 pm at 1:46 PM

    I have seen way to much injustice most recently in my life, however when my curiosity sparked by this disgusting article led me to do my own search of Drew Blazure, I was shocked and once again reminded of people and their own agendas. I see that Mr. Blazure has completed an internship on Capitol Hill, for Congressman Lance, I wonder what Co. Lance would have to say of Drew Blazure now that he is a MURDERER!!! To have such a seemingly promising future, and to have an education at an esteemed uniververity ….. Means nothing when you can’t put your head on your pillow with a clear conscience at night…. What a waist….. Drew BLAZURE YOU STOLE AN INNOCENT LIFE IF A VERY GOOD PERSON!!! I hope your conscience eats you alive!!!!

  62. Dan
    August 27, 2013 2:00 pm at 2:00 PM

    This is absolutely horrible reporting!!! This should be revised what does his past have anything to do with this… HORRIBLE!!!!!

  63. Ray Parsons
    August 27, 2013 2:22 pm at 2:22 PM

    Thank you for adding the politically connected name of the drunk driver. Did you need to state that he was “allegedly struck”? Is he allegedly dead? How about taking down the article and apologizing to the family for your failed attempt at journalism. The number of comments on this article should give you some insight to how wrong this is.

    • Karen
      August 27, 2013 2:57 pm at 2:57 PM

      Uneducated smut writer what do the facts of his past life have to with him being struck and killed by someone! Hopefully Karma catches up with you all. Hopefully you are sued and street bound! You are an absolute disgrace to society! Thinking about it though looking at your site this is the most action you all have gotten – sad!

    • Kristen Wetzel
      August 27, 2013 3:18 pm at 3:18 PM

      “Journalism isn’t bad journalism just because you don’t like the facts being reported.”

      You are ignorant and a BULLY! Why don’t you tell everyone your name or are you ashamed of the backlash that you so rightfully deserve. It’s not about reporting the facts of his past when they had nothing to do with this accident.

      Fact is Tim Van Orden was hit by a DRUNK DRIVER, there was no need for you to then trash his name in the paper about “PAST TRANGRESSIONS”, it’s just plain disrespectful and wrong and you should be ashamed to call yourself a journalist. I hope you can look at yourself in the mirror tonight and that karma pays you a visit when you least expect it.

      To his family and friends, I’m so sorry you had to read this moron’s news article, I’m sure it only made your loss that much harder to bear. May he rest in peace, he and I were good friends in HS and I know personally I will miss him. xo

    • Christine Fascia
      August 27, 2013 3:27 pm at 3:27 PM

      “journalism isn’t bad journalism just because you don’t like the facts being reported” Please make me understand what the facts reported had to do with what happened. I would expect if God forbid Tim was the driver to see his history. So please make me understand the reason why you had to publish this article ?

    • Dr M Maher
      August 27, 2013 3:36 pm at 3:36 PM

      disregarding the individual who was driving the car, the reports have been focuaong on the deceased victim of a motor vehicle accident, whom I had the pleasure of knowing the past 3 years. everyone has past histories, however this man was riding a bike and was killed. the photo of Tim from Palm beach county courts being printed next to the story, is disrespectful. he has many family and friends who would provide an alternate photo of their friend to post in the paper. I am traveling out of country right now and the last thing he said to me in passing August 19, was have a safe trip! The write up of Tim’s past life’s criminal charges, any past or possibly present addictions issue comments which in fact, take up the whole article, are superfluous at this time and in this paper. you have a right to publish what you wish, however it would be nice if you could amend an article and give some respect to our lost friend Tim, and his loved ones with an apology.
      RIP- Dr. M

    • Shawn
      August 27, 2013 3:44 pm at 3:44 PM

      Why bring up his past issues? That doesn’t justify being struck by a car that was allegedly driven by someone who was under the influence.

      I expect that you will have a scathing article about the person who is yet to be charged if the charges come through?

  64. Eileen
    August 27, 2013 3:05 pm at 3:05 PM

    To say this is a despicable display of “journalism” is an understatement. Not only is this a gross display of disrespect but it is also a perfect example of what is wrong with society. Obliterating the First Amendment for personal gain. Completely classless. When you can publish trash such as this with complete and utter disregard for the truth and families well being, for nothing more than a feeble attempt for ratings disgusts me to say the very least. As others have said, where is the information on the driver of the vehicle, or the question of his intoxication, or fleeing the scene??? Nothing. Why? Because that wouldn’t get as many views or responses and as they say anything for ratings, right?!?! As much as I hate to help you achieve your goal, I could not let the opportunity to tell you what a poor excuse for a human being you are to write such a blatantly deplorable article. If you have one shred of human decency you will retract this article and publish an apology to the family, stating your desire for ratings outweighs your morals and ethics. Though I’m sure that would not be news to anyone who has read your article, apparently writing about nonsense is right up your alley. I’m not sure how you sleep at night, nor look at yourself in the mirror in the morning. Integrity, now that is a word you should look up, study and apply to your writings and maybe then you will achieve the notoriety you so crave. Until then you will forever be a hack with a reputation for trash and a coward for not even having the balls to sign your “work”.

  65. Keith Van Arsdale
    August 27, 2013 3:11 pm at 3:11 PM

    Keep kicking the hornets nest Boca “News” Now. This is a vile attempt at blaming the victim, nothing less. This. Isn’t. Over.

  66. Linda Hutchinson
    August 27, 2013 3:21 pm at 3:21 PM


  67. Eileen
    August 27, 2013 3:26 pm at 3:26 PM

    “ Staff
    August 27, 2013 2:50 pm at 2:50 PM
    He is dead, not allegedly dead. Police, however, allege he was struck by a driver who has yet to be charged with anything, if he even is. It’s how investigations work.

    Journalism isn’t bad journalism just because you don’t like the facts being reported.”

    Really?!?!?! This is what you have to say for yourself????? Here’s a fact for you; “journalism” becomes “bad journalism” when you specifically and purposefully omit pertinent and relevant information and replace it with irrelevant, inapplicable, extraneous and immaterial information with the sole purpose of sensationalizing a story for personal gain.

    It is apparent any hope of you having enough ethical decency to retract this story has disappeared with your condescending and ignorant reply.

  68. Jeff Johnson
    August 27, 2013 3:27 pm at 3:27 PM

    This is shame, outrageous and ridiculous “reporting”. Just because this man had a past it does not excuse his death. It does not make it OK. Boca News Now Staff, you should be absolutely ashamed of yourselves. If any of your newspaper staff is ever killed in similar circumstances, if I write a blog post about how they were involved in writing horrible yellow smear stories and somehow deserve their fate, I’m sure you wouldn’t be defending me. Bad “journalism” is bad journalism plain and simple.

    This article exposes no new facts. No one who knows Tim will ever deny that he had problems and he was fighting with all his might for a better life. It was part of who he was and part of what made him the man he was. Rather than give up, he was actively working to change his life.

    Tim was not a career criminal like this article implies. He was a man who would always take a walk and talk to you for hours. He would always go out his way for anyone who his friend. He was not perfect but none of us are. The comments here are telling.

    Maybe Boca News Now should investigate how the driver, Drew Blazure, ran down my friend Tim and dragged his body nearly the length of football field under his car while “allegedly” so drunk as to be incoherent and vomiting! Maybe they could report how Tim was fully in the bicycle lane when he was run down. Days later you can still see the stains on the pavement.

    I wonder who these “tipsters” are and why they feel the need to be anonymous? Maybe these tipsters would be poltically connected family of Drew Blazure? Maybe the tipster was Mr. Ryan Blazure, “allegedly” the brother of Drew Blazure’s brother, an attorney listed in the Martindale-Hubbell index.

    The Blazure name is well connected in NJ politics. Martindale also lists a “Mr. G. Frederick Blazure” as a deputy attorney general of NJ. Relation?

    There is much more to this story, how about giving it the treatment it deserves?

    • Jeff Johnson
      August 27, 2013 4:21 pm at 4:21 PM

      Please excuse my typos in the above. I was incredibly angry when I wrote it. Reading and re-reading this article and thinking about this “reporting” has made me more upset than when I was first heard the news. I can’t even imagine the pain that this smear story brings to Tim’s grieving family … I “only” lost a friend. I hope a real investigative story on Drew Blazure is forthcoming. I won’t hold my breath for BNN.

  69. Laura O'Toole
    August 27, 2013 3:52 pm at 3:52 PM

    The fact that he died from an alleged drunk driver is fine to report. Bringing up his past and problems is out right bull. The man was riding his bike because he lost his license and was obeying the law. The fact is the one driving the car may have been drunk and took the life of someone who was loved by many. I feel this article was tasteless and so disheartening. Have some morals he is not the one on trial or accused he is the victim who paid with his life. Very poor taste people.

  70. Keith Van Arsdale
    August 27, 2013 3:54 pm at 3:54 PM

    Criminal – 1 (known) DWI, 1 fatality. Victim – 3 DWI’s, 0 fatalities. Your point is invalid. Way to stick up for a killer.

  71. Jay
    August 27, 2013 4:36 pm at 4:36 PM

    Your story is becoming more balanced.
    As a friend of Tim’s, I am not sure what his past has to do at this time. Wish that your paper held off on anything until the investigation is over. It just smells funny that a “tipster” would go in this direction expect to influence the case. I look forward to any of your stories to clarify the facts going forward after the investigation is completed.

    I would ask that you and everyone take a step back and understand this is the biggest loss ever for Tim’s family. And also understand that a young promising man, Drew’s, will have a tough road in ahead. This will be the biggest mistake of his young life that he will have to live with forever. So sorry to all involved!

    • EW
      August 27, 2013 5:27 pm at 5:27 PM

      Could you please research and report the blood alcohol lever of Drew Blazure at the time of the accident. The police would have determined that by now. Where is the research on Drew Blazure??? To be an unbiased story you should be researching both people involved!

    • Robin
      August 27, 2013 5:56 pm at 5:56 PM

      Wow! NO it is not relevant that “Mr. Van Orden had several DUIs” in regard to him being hit by a drunk driver. It may be at the very most a very sad, tragic irony… but by no means is it relevant. What if he was simply out for a bike ride because he had insomnia and it helped him fall back asleep? Whether he had a license or not… he could have been out there at ANY hour riding a unicycle if he wanted!! He was in the bicycle lane… pretty sure that cars have their OWN lanes. And while, yes… driving drunk is never ok regardless of outcome… how dare you try to justify your poor choice of reporting by saying he could have caused the death of someone in the same platform discussing HIS death! That is absolutely despicable. It didn’t need to be brought up let alone made the focus of the article. Seems the reporter from the Palm Beach Post had NO issues reporting the pertinent facts along with a more inclusive/honest version. So please… explain to me again why your publication couldn’t?! No one said to wait until you had all the facts… we just simply pointed out the bad taste you chose to show in making it about the wrong issue… fact or not.

    • Jim T.
      August 27, 2013 7:23 pm at 7:23 PM

      NO, there is no relevance to his past and his tragic death at the hands of another. It’s a ‘juicy’ story which is all journalists care about regardless of how it impacts the lives of others. ‘Got to report the story’!! It was wrong to paint this picture of him. People make mistakes in life and Tim wasn’t making a mistake when he was hit by the car and killed. And I’m sure you are not perfect either.

  72. Rick S.
    August 27, 2013 5:12 pm at 5:12 PM

    He may have had a record. So what?! It’s not relevant to the story. Riding a bike, even at that time of night is not a crime. He couldn’t drive a car, so he did what he was supposed to do to get around. Why or when he was riding a bike has nothing to do with the fact that he was killed and that this bogus news source failed to report the real story. The driver’s family must be paying them to divert attention.

  73. Ray Parsons
    August 27, 2013 5:41 pm at 5:41 PM

    Nice try staff. You can try to spin the relevance all you want, it is still disgusting that you would drag the victim’s name through the mud. Disgusting.

    Yes, the information is public, but is it appropriate? No. Take a look at some of the REAL newspapers in your area and see if they EVER did this to any victim ever. The answer is NO. You didn’t beat anyone to a story. You just sunk lower than any other new agency. Did you notice the 90 plus comments telling you how inappropriate this article is?

    Many of the commenters on this site are contacting your advertisers. Perhaps they can convince you to retract the article and issue an apology to the family.

  74. Ray Shoup
    August 27, 2013 6:50 pm at 6:50 PM

    This website is not journalism, you people are worse than the rag mags. What business does Tim’s past have to do with the fact tht he was killed by an alleged drunk driver? Your so called ‘news’ site should be shut down! VERY POOR TASTE INDEED!!!!

  75. Rachael
    August 27, 2013 7:40 pm at 7:40 PM

    Are we living behind an iron curtain? This BS is just too large to swallow!

  76. A Friend
    August 27, 2013 7:44 pm at 7:44 PM

    A few years ago I was working to recover from a dark moment in my own life, and had dropped off the map for a few weeks in a self-imposed isolation. I had lost my job, my friends, and my self respect. Timmy was the only one who called to check on my well being and talk to me. Those are the times that you really know who your friends are and a true example of what kind of man he was and why he will be so missed.

  77. Gabe
    August 27, 2013 9:01 pm at 9:01 PM

    Here’s the real question.. Blazure had connections, Who paid “new staff” to write this garbage? Or the editor to allow it to be printed.. Now there’s a story for any real journalists out there.

  78. Captain Obvious
    August 27, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 PM

    Honestly it is surprising that the victim is disgraced in a news publication; however, in many ways the scenario is highly relevant. The reason why Tim was riding a bike at an ungodly hour was because he was a DUI pro – he had 3 strikes and a 10 year license suspension. All of you who are so focused on what a good guy Tim was and stated that his past doesn’t matter are truly ignorant; Tim was LUCKY that he didn’t kill anyone drunk driving. He was caught 3 times so imagine how many times he drove drunk and didn’t get caught? Maybe he did change and turned himself around, but his decisions put him on the bike. In addition, I’m curious to see the test results on him. If he was drunk himself, he was breaking the law and possibly helped caused this accident to occur. The FAU grad student with no record unfortunately made a mistake and wasn’t as lucky as Tim to have avoided killing someone in the process. It’s a shame this article came out, but it is relevant and points to the irony of life. Sorry to inflame your tempers but I thought a nice dose of reality from an outside opinion might lead to some cause for reflection.

  79. Staff
    August 27, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 PM


    We are shutting down comments for this story at 11pm. Your voices have been heard and rest assured, we will continue to publish information concerning the driver just as soon as it is officially released. While many of you are passionate and angry at for what you perceive to be a one sided story, understand that investigators are very methodical about what can and can not be released to the public for fear of jeopardizing a case.

    We will not be a party to publishing accusations and innuendo today that could result in a potential case being ruined tomorrow.

    That is what many of you are asking us to do.

    Mr. Van Orden’s record — like it or not — will almost assuredly be a factor in any future case. It will likely be released with even more details by defense attorneys should charges be filed. It’s not a secret. There is nothing to hide.

    For those of you who continue to post on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere, consider whether your posts could end up helping the driver’s defense, should a criminal or civil defense be needed.

    And note: there is no conspiracy, we have not been paid off, the government is not involved, a NJ Congressman has not ordered us to run anything (nor could he nor would we), our parent company is not involved in this case at all, and the Boca Raton Police Department is not caving into political pressure.

    Justice — in the real world — doesn’t happen in 48 minutes like it does on TV. Justice in a Palm Beach County Vehicular Homicide case — if that’s what this becomes — often takes a year.


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