Body of missing CNET editor James Kim found


James Kim, 35, left his family's stranded car Saturday morning searching for help and never returned.

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I'd read that. This is

I'd read that. This is terribly sad, and my heart goes out to them all.

reminder for a public

reminder for a public service announcement


* Stay in vehicle: DO NOT leave the vehicle to search for assistance unless assistance is visible.
* Occasionally run the engine to keep warm. Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning, and always make sure the exhaust pipe is clear.
* Exercise your hands, arms and legs. Do not stay in one position for an extended period of time.
* Place a bright colored cloth or flag outside the vehicle and tie if off to the windshield wiper or antenna.

Indeed, very sad. :( Thanks

Indeed, very sad. :(

Thanks for the warning, rc - will remember those.

I've got to say it

First, it's sad that he died and his wife is without her husband and his children are without their father. That said...

>> Darwin award nominee.

He made one very bad decision after another. Maybe growing up on the cold plains of Nebraska has jaded me to the situation, but shouldn't the most sheltered city person have instincts that would kick in to save themselves?

1. Taking a short-cut at night across unfamiliar roads in very rugged terrain.
2. Having not even basic winter survival gear while driving long distances during winter.
3. Continuing to drive down an unmaintained road - at night - instead of immediately turning around.
4. Deciding to spend the night in their car instead of going slowly pressing forward and getting back to a maintained road. They were snowed in the following morning.
5. After burning their car tires they are unable to maintain a fire because the wood is frozen. Except that they are surrounded by pine/evergreen trees whose branches will break off when twisted and pulled. Pine needles burn like crazy and under every tree - under the snow are piles of pine needles that will easily burn.
6. Bringing a map, but not knowing how to read one.
7. Inexplicably - he leaves the car to hike out for help. He couldn't read the map in the first place and got lost. Now, he will again read the map and HIKE his way out? He didn't even have a hat.
8. After marching 2 or 3 miles he leaves the road to take his chances in the wilderness.

Pick any one of the above decisions - make the right choice - and he is probably still alive.

I know he walked out to save his family, but with just a little common sense his family wouldn't have been there in the first place.

agree, Nebraska

Disclaimer: "First, it's sad"

Secondly, why all the coverage? 'Cause he was from Cnet?

Having driven the back roads from Mount St. Helens down to Portland (in the summer!), I can vouch first-hand that it's wild territory. Hell, even WITH the map and a proven map-reader/navigator/co-pilot (pre-GPS) I thought we were lost because the state "road" shown on the map degenerated into a single-lane, gravel fire trail for dozens of miles. (No kidding, we had to stop once because a big buck wasn't sure if he was going to let the car pass --kinda like those water buffalo stare-downs you see on the safari documentaries.)


A man is dead and family is minus a father, husband and son, and we're calling him an idiot and doing some Monday morning QB-ing.

>2. Having not even basic

>2. Having not even basic winter survival gear while driving long distances during winter.

Have to say Nebraska is right on that one. It gets down to -30C here in Russia and you have to put a survival kit together for the car. We have sleeping bags, socks, flares, torches, food, firelights+matches etc. in a bag in the boot. You need to do some preparation if you're facing these kinds of elements.

Still, the guy was trying to save his family, that's a brave thing. It's easy to sit here and make judgement calls, is must of been hell for him waiting in that car and watching his family freeze.

Ummm MrRex

I don't think this is about calling this person an idiot. Think of this as a warning for people in the same situation.

PS: in my country - if you're stranded, NEVER stay in your car. Others may run into it. No kidding.

I have to say I'm with

I have to say I'm with Nebraska on this one. Yes it's tragic that a man died and left his family without a father, but he did bring it upon himself. Trying to save his family was very noble, but that doesn't mean it was the right idea. His family stayed with the car and survived, remember.

I'm also wondering the same thing RC is - why is this plastered over every news outlet? I was browsing Digg this morning and there were about 5 stories about this in the first 10 results. I thought he must be some American national hero that I'd never heard of. Am I missing something or is he really just a senior editor of CNET?

I guess it's fair to say he

I guess it's fair to say he was unprepared - but a lot of people make that mistake. Here in the Scottish Highlands it's a regular tragedy.

However, if you're out of your depth, it's easy to make mistakes. And easy to be critical with hindsight.

I figure it's a natural male instinct to seek help, especially where a your own young family is in real danger.

Best thing is to simply learn from others mistakes in case it helps in your own future situations.

As for the news coverage - internet, tech, news, publishing - a lot of webmasters are close to that. Hence I figure of interest.

Oh, My Mistake

I guess I mistook Darwin Award Nominee as the idiots that are usually doing stupid stuff and their death rids the herd of a genetic inferior.

Now I know better!

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