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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

That's One Way To Beat A Ticket

From The Philadelphia Daily News on 12/6/05 via A.P.

Hit by car, he gets ticket for jaywalking, then dies
A 73-year-old man who received a $5 jaywalking ticket after he was struck by a car later died of his injuries, Washington, D.C., police said yesterday. Charles Atherton, a former secretary of the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts that advises the government on architecture and design in official Washington, was hit Thursday while crossing busy Connecticut Avenue. He died Saturday night at George Washington University Hospital.

Although witnesses said he had been badly injured and unresponsive at the scene, police issued him the ticket. His family found it with his belongings when they went to the hospital. "We knew it was a serious injury, but we didn't know it was life-threatening," police Capt. Willie Smith told the Washington Post. He said officers would not have issued the ticket "if we knew he was going to die."

1 comment:

Hube said...

Looks like those cops needed their quota, eh?