Letter to the editor: Article about pedestrian death should have focused on public safety
January 10, 2014
On Jan. 4, an article titled “Police identify pedestrian in fatal collision” was written in the Tahoe Daily Tribune about a pedestrian who was hit and killed on New Year’s Day. He was identified through fingerprint records as Randy Breeton. The article said he was crossing the street in an area unmarked with a crosswalk.
The Tribune and South Lake Tahoe Police Department were quick to jump to a character assassination by revealing that Randy was a town drunkard and arrested 38 times for public intoxication. I knew Randy and he was a very sweet guy trying hard to get sober.
The focus seemed to be more on his alcohol problem, not the safety concerns of our community!
It is sad that this article was insensitive to Randy’s family and friends who cared about him and were hopeful that Randy would get the help he needed. He had been attending recovery meetings on a regular basis at the time of the accident. Whether Randy was intoxicated or not, walking at night in South Shore is very dangerous for anyone! The street are poorly lit and the shoulders have few walkways. After 24 years in town, I still hate driving at night because of poor visibility to pedestrians.
This accident brings up serious concerns of the dangers of walking at night in any season. Winter is by far the worst with snow narrowing the streets even more.
Hopefully this article will bring more awareness to those on-foot travelers. They need to make themselves more visible! Perhaps one of our civic clubs may step up and organize a reflective arm band giveaway for our youth and packers traveling through.
My heartfelt prayers go out to Randy’s family and friends. He will be missed.
Both are a reality of epidemic proportions.
South Lake Tahoe