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| Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In regard to Michael Hasch's news story “Boy on bicycle struck by SUV in Point Breeze” (April 23 and TribLIVE.com): It was shocking to read that a father watched his little boy get hit by a car, but the focus was on how the driver was feeling instead of the victim and his family.

For example, a neighbor is quoted as saying, in reference to the driver, “That poor woman. I want to go put my arms around her,” with no reaction toward the tragedy itself.

Also mentioned was how the driver was sobbing, making no mention of how the boy's family reacted.

The story was clearly sympathizing with the driver, even though a child was hit riding his bicycle on a residential, tree-lined street next to a park.

I would be devastated if it were my son who was hit while riding his bike with me after school, only to read a story that focused more on the driver's feelings than the tragedy that struck my family.

It's sad that a beautiful residential street with trees, homes, a park and shared-lane markings for bicycles isn't even safe enough for a family out riding on a spring day.

Rachel Dingfelder

Lawrenceville

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