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February 26, 2009 - Steve Murch
Some things just defy explanation. Take the story from Colorado of the good Samaritan.

Jim Moffett is a 58-year-old bus driver. He and another man helped two elderly women cross a busy street in Denver during a snowstorm. He was able to push the three people out of the way before being struck by a pickup truck.

He suffered serious injuries, including bleeding on the brain, broken bones and a dislocated shoulder. He also possibly ruptured his spleen.

So what did he receive for that? A jaywalking ticket. As did the other man. The pickup driver received a ticket for careless driving. The women haven’t been cited — yet. The investigation is still ongoing.

If Moffett hadn’t helped those ladies across the road, being as how they were elderly, they might have died from being struck. At the best they probably would have received the same kind of injuries he did.

How many people do you know who clearly break the law like speeding who get off with just a warning? Doesn’t a person who possibly saved two lives deserve the same consideration?

Maybe there are problems with jaywalking in Denver. The Colorado State Patrol trooper said the jaywalking contributed to the accident. The story didn’t say there were witnesses; if there were maybe they told of how the jaywalking was the problem.

But still ... doesn’t this guy deserve the benefit of the doubt at least initially. He found out he had the ticket when we awoke — in the hospital’s intensive care unit. He probably just found out about the extent of his injuries.

Now that’s truly adding insult to injury.


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