June 26, 2000
I do not want to anger anyone, but I am tired of so many people not mentioning the fact that the child ran out into the street without looking at all. How many times do we remind our children to "look both ways" before crossing the street?
I have heard this story told 20 or so times in the past ten days, and no one has remembered that she ran out in the middle of the street. There was no way for the driver to see, as the girl ran out from in front of her mother's large SUV.
No one has bothered to mention, either, that the driver who hit the girl was going 10 miles below the 25 mile-an-hour speed limit. She was not late. She was not speeding. She did nothing wrong. In fact, she did everything right.
We are all happy that all has turned out well, but let's not forget that we can never remind our children too often to "look both ways before you cross the street!"
Name withheld by request