Most drivers do pay attention to traffic lights

Letter writers comment on verdict of fatal Pitt crash.

Editor, The News:

Re: Not guilty verdict in fatal Pitt crash (The News, Sept. 20).

What an appalling verdict brought down by Justice Miriam Gropper in the case against Kristina Hecimovic for killing two young people in a traffic accident.

She attributes the accident to “simple carelessness,” stating that, “Going through a red light is dangerous, but it happens. People misperceive lights”.

Well, this may come as a shock to you, judge, but the vast majority of motorists don’t “misperceive” lights. We pay attention when approaching lights, note if the advanced warning yellow lights are flashing, and act accordingly.

Barrie Jones

Maple Ridge


Part of the job

Editor, The News:

Re: Not guilty verdict in fatal Pitt crash (The News, Sept. 20).

I don’t know if the woman is guilty or innocent, but I have been a nurse for 38 years, and if a little bit of vomit on your uniform caused her to burst into tears and lose control of her car, then I suggest that she get out of the industry.

Bodily fluids are just part of the job.   If this is the reason that the judge did not find her responsible for her high-speed erratic driving, then, again, justice in B.C. has not been represented.

My heart goes out to all involved.

Lilly Dickson, registered nurse

Maple Ridge

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