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Tragic death could have been avoided

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

This is in regard to “Man froze to death.” My condolences to the family for their loss. This article made me sick to read and have faith in people.

It’s hard to believe someone went looking for that man, attempting to get help on the side of the road that night, and wasn’t able to spot him. I believe an injustice may have occurred. How is it two different calls were made to 911, and the man was basically in the same vicinity by mile marker 51.5, and neither the maintenance worker nor the officer were able to spot him?

First call came in at 8:24 p.m.; officer and maintenance worker respond at 8:27 p.m.; officer’s response was, he could be in the area in about 20 minutes. The maintenance worker, however, was able to respond immediately. Why did the maintenance worker not find him, and why did he stop at the car and not go directly to the mile marker where he was told the man was at?

Second call comes in at 8:40 p.m.; again, a man spotted around mile marker 51.5. Did the dispatcher communicate this to the officer and maintenance worker? What happened here?

There should be a video to back up the search of that night. Did anyone get out and look for him? Although I think it’s great that two people driving by called 911, why didn’t anyone just stop to see what was wrong or wait for an officer to respond to the scene?

It’s truly sad people are afraid to stop and help a person in need. It seems to be a not-me/not-my-problem way of life.

I also found it disturbing they tried to use the alcohol factor to outweigh the not-being-found factor.

If he’d been found regardless of the alcohol level, he very well could have lived.

 

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