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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)

TITLE: A Father's Lament
By joe lore
05/13/09


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My oldest son was killed in a motor vehicle accident last October. To his mother, he was her world, her only child. I have been very supportive to her since this tragedy. There is a DMV hearing this week and I canít attend. Itís when and where victims can share their thoughts, feeling, and impact. Itís about the only chance in this whole process that we can. I have written a statement that I hope will get read into the record.

"This whole situation is an unfortunate series of bad events. When I was woken up at 1:30 AM by my cell phone ringing, I just knew it was not good news. It never is. It was my son, Jason, calling from Florida, telling me to get over to the hospital right away, that Steven, my oldest boy had just been in a motor vehicle accident.

My first action was to call his mom, my ex wife, and ask her to go the hospital right away also. I couldnít tell her anything other than Steve had been in an accident with his motorcycle.

My first thought, which proved to be true, was Steven was dead. He had been riding his motorcycle while on the way home, which was not more than 2-3 miles away, and he was struck by a car. A car, which had failed to yield the right of way, and cut in front of Steven, caused him to hit the car and be thrown to the pavement. Yes, he did not have a helmet on either.

This accident, this negligence, this tragedy, did not have to happen. It did though and there are big changes for many people involved. Stevenís children, his mother Suzanne, his siblings, myself, and not to mention his friends and coworkers of which there were many, are all affected. It was comforting to know how well liked Steven was by his co-workers and friends who showed up at the wake and funeral. Something that as parents you never really know, but always hope is true. What a horrid way to find out though.

Now I usually would say that change is a good thing. I like to think that things work out for the best in the end. After all, there is no growth or new business without change. But I canít say that in this case.

A young child and 2 young teenagers no longer have a dad to go to, to ask questions of, and to learn from. Fatherís day this year will be extremely empty for them, as I am sure Motherís day was for Suzanne who lost her only child. A parent should never have to bury their child. Itís not the way life is supposed to work.

I am not a vindictive person. Sir, please just remember in your decision about his license that he did cause anotherís loss of life. He has impacted the lives of many other people, and yes his own, by these actions. He chose to drink and drive. He was able to hold himself up in the field sobriety test as normal, which is very scary to think about. He did volunteer a blood sample, which his lawyer will try to get thrown out of criminal court case on technicalities, because thatís his job to do so. But he was driving after drinking. That was his decision.

You today, can give Steveís children, his mother, and me, a bit of compassion by recommending that Liamís license be surrendered immediately. He is already under bail conditions not to drive till a criminal case is determined. The state needs to take the appropriate steps, to make sure Liam is not behind the wheel of another vehicle, for a very, very, long time.

With that I mean, if he is convicted in the criminal case, and he goes to the Monster Factory (jail or prison), the suspension of his license be continued to after that term be completed, to the maximum, because he wonít be able to drive while incarcerated anyway.

To have his loss of license concurrent with any jail time is a non effective deterrent.
That would be the only good thing, which can possible come out of this whole series of unfortunate bad events. You can keep the residents of NH safe from Liam.

Liam has to live with himself. A lot of others now have to live without someone they loved, because of his bad decisions."


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Sara Harricharan 05/14/09
Some good heartfelt lines in here. I could feel the father's emotion and was sad to think of how simple things like wearing a helmet, or making the decision NOT to drive when drunk, can make such an impact. Good job here.