That's the headline. To those not in the know, Newton is a tony suburb of Boston consistently rated one of the best cities in which to live. Judging from that headline, you might think some poor soul lost their life crossing a city street. Oh, how wrong you'd be:
State police are investigating a fatal pedestrian crash on Route 128 near Exit 21 and the Newton rest area. Police said the victim’s body is in the median strip and is believed to have been struck while trying to cross the highway at about 6:30 a.m. in rush-hour traffic.This person was killed trying to cross one of the busiest highways in Massachusetts at an hour that rapidly approaches rush hour. They. Were. Crossing. A. Damn. Highway. That's a "pedestrian accident" in the same manner that the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was a "streetsweeper". Sure, it's technically correct, but misleading as all get-out. I know that "person finds out that stupidity can be fatal" isn't as attention-grabbing a headline, but it's certainly closer to the truth.
I'm sorry that someone lost their life because they were doing something stupid. I'm sure they thought that they could make it, or that they had a really good reason for trying to cross one of the busiest roadways in MA at one of the busiest times of the year. But what irks me is that they put every driver on that roadway at a serious risk - I'm sure the car that hit the person swerved in an attempt to avoid them, and could easily have caused a multiple car accident claiming numerous lives had it been, say, a big rig that swerved and jackknifed.
But calling this a "pedestrian accident" is like calling Willie Sutton a "asset relocation specialist"...
That is all.