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Accident Letter

Reader questions handling of accident To the Editor: On Friday Dec. 30, 2005, there was a tragic accident that took the life of a young man, Romara Morris. According to the newspaper article, Morris' motorcycle allegedly struck the right side rear bumper of a truck at a high rate of speed, causing his motorcycle to leave the road and flip before hitting a tree. This was truly an unfortunate accident.
The driver of the truck, William Campbell, states he felt something hit the back of his truck causing it to jolt forward. He never said that he got out of his truck to see what had hit his truck. He said he stopped and looked around, but he did not see anything. He then drove to a convenience store and asked the store clerk to contact the sheriff’s department to report the accident. When the officer arrived, he learned that the accident had occurred outside of his jurisdiction.
After reading this article, there have been several unanswered questions running through my mind. For instance, why didn 't the police officer make sure that the second call was made or better yet, why didn 't he make the call himself? The officer left the store and returned to his patrol. Why didn 't he stay until the proper authorities arrived?
What if this young man 's life could have been saved if the proper attention had been given to him? Now it seems as if everybody is busy pointing the finger at each other. Who did the right thing? Who did the wrong thing? Did this young man lose his life needlessly? Priscilla "Queena " Jones Strong

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