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April 22, 2013

Letter: Lives disrupted by ambulance crash

This letter is in response to The Herald Bulletin’s April 8 “You Said It” column. I’m very upset at how it was portrayed that Joseph Sandlin stole an ambulance and crashed it into a tree. He crashed into five parked cars before striking the tree, disrupting people’s lives and totaling four of the five cars.

Regardless of the owners’ financial or insurance situations, these cars were parked on the city’s street and struck by a city-owned vehicle. It looked like a chaotic war zone, with glass and auto parts strewn everywhere. Someone has to make it right. I don’t think anyone blames the medics. Who, in their right mind, would steal an ambulance on a run? Some drugged-out person with no means to compensate damages. In the meantime, what do these real people do? Real people who are trying to get kids to day care, drive to work, school, the doctor, the grocery store, etc., — just live! I’m a taxpaying citizen and this story isn’t over.

It doesn’t really matter how one tries to justify what has been done, who is considering the lives this tragedy has affected, ... really? I know the city is going to say it’s not their fault, but the fact remains, it was a city-owned vehicle that was used to commit this devastation. And, is no one taking the time to consider how much damage this incident could have caused? Lives could have been lost if someone had been in one of the parked cars, as well as the fact that the economy is hard enough without people losing their lifeline cars with no way of replacing them because of financial situation or lack thereof.

Laura Stafford and Dawn Wilson


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