armchair cultural observation since 1995

Killing crossing guards not a crime?

 

Apparently, running over a 70-year-old middle school crossing guard isn’t a crime in Kentucky.

Reflective vest or not, there’s no excuse for not seeing someone in a crosswalk that doesn’t involve speeding, not paying attention, talking on a cell phone or some combination of behavior that every driver’s manual in the U.S. teaches will likely result in a moving violation.

Rest in peace, Elaine Elgie.

Hopefully the pick-up truck driver that hit her will learn that preserving a life is a heck of a lot more important than getting to work half a minute sooner.

2 Responses »

  1. Thank you for this post.
    She loved her job and those kids so much.
    The sad thing is, even if she had been wearing her reflective jacket (that she didn’t have time to grab before she got out to make sure the kid didn’t try and walk in front of traffic), the guy probably still would have said he didn’t see her. So many guards I talked to these past few days have said that so many accidents still happen with the reflective jacket and gloves on, people just claim to “not see” them, rather than admit they weren’t paying attention.

  2. Thank you so much for this.
    She loved her job and those kids so much.

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