I read the story the other day about the tragic fight between two people that led to the life-changing and life-ending decision to jump into a 3,000 pound automobile, allegedly under the influence, and try to flee the police, and ending in the horrific crash that, at this writing, ended one innocent life and caused horrible damage to the other victim (“Woman in fatal Seaside crash charged with manslaughter,” The Daily Astorian, Oct. 2).
The whole episode is really gut-wrenching. One mistake led to another, and then another, and ends in blood and death. I feel terrible for all concerned; victims of the crash, the driver, who’ll surely relive this day in agony the rest of her life; parents of the driver and parents of the victims, and all who know and loved these people.
But to tell you the truth, I was really disgusted with The Daily Astorian. Of course you must state the name of the driver, but what kind of newspaper then sets forth to name the parents of the driver, and go into detail about the father’s recent lawsuits and disagreements with Josh Marquis, the district attorney?
Were her parents in the car with her? Were they leading the getaway? No, they weren’t involved at all, nor were the parents of the victims. What a tawdry little ending to this story. I can’t help but think The Daily Astorian holds some kind of grudge against this family, and decided to pile on.
Check your back issues. Rarely, if ever, have I read of this kind of story that refers to past legal dealings on the part of the parents, who were not involved at all in the story. Boy, remind me not to get on your bad side, you might bring up my terrible Little League batting average.
I hope you get a lot of letters, because this was crappy journalism at its worst.