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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Stupid Headline of the Day...

Pedestrian accident in Newton causing traffic delays .

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.

9 comments:

Brad_in_MA said...

Newton is a tony suburb of Boston

Newton's into song and dance??
[/snark]

Dave H said...

I drove 128 once at 5:00 PM on a Friday. Other than exhaust fumes, there was nothing there that would have caused a pedestrian any harm. Every vehicle was motionless.

Old NFO said...

One wonders where the cross walk was or IF there was one... We have problems with idjits doing that up here early am not in the crosswalk...

Jay G said...

Tony

There. You learned something today.

Just one of the many services I provide...

Ruth said...

Had idiots doing that here a while back when they were working on the bridges for surface traffic. Watched some guy carry his bike across I81.....still don't understand how none of them got hit.....

Anonymous said...

6:30. AM. Is dark O'Clock and full of 3rd shift zombies going home.

NotDilbert

zeeke42 said...

OldNFO, this is a 6 lane limited access divided highway we're talking about, no crosswalks.

NotDilbert said...

.... and as such, it is supposed to be a "Pedestrian Free Zone" so they did NOT have the right of way any more than a Deer Does.

Sounds like "Suicide by Car" to me.

TOTWTYTR said...

OldNFO, it's actually an Interstate highway. At that time of the morning, traffic is moderate, but speeds are probably in the 70+ range.

Technically, he was a pedestrian just because there's really not a better way to describe him.

I've see the results of this before, it's never pretty.

Think of a squirrel that's been run over by a car. Only much larger and with no bushy tail.