Mostly Cloudy
41°FMostly CloudyFull Forecast

Saddened by interstate death

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

As the Gazette reports, a man by the name of Lee Catlin froze to death the night of Nov. 12, 2013, lying in a ditch on the side of Interstate 88. For hours before he succumbed, Catlin signaled for help and was seen and reported by several motorists.

I am surprised and saddened by the seemingly callous spin taken on this terrible tragedy by the state police, who ultimately failed to locate and rescue Catlin despite repeated 911 calls.

I am especially disturbed by the repeated statements that the victim had a history of driving while intoxicated and had severe cirrhosis of the liver.

Are the state authorities implying that Catlin’s death is less tragic because he was an alcoholic? Indeed, there seems to be quite a ho-hum attitude about what must have been a horrible, unnecessary death.

Hopefully, the state authorities involved in this tragedy will step up to the plate and accept responsibility, and I am glad to see that SVM reporter Christi Warren is looking into the events of Nov. 12.

Get breaking news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from Sauk Valley Media!

National video

Reader Poll

There’s a movement afoot in the Illinois Legislature to name former President Barack Obama’s birthday (Aug. 4) as a legal holiday in Illinois. What do you think?
Good idea
Bad idea
Not sure
No opinion