from our readers
‘DOING GOD’S WORK’
Regarding your excellent article on
Montgomery County’s Collision
Reconstruction Unit (“Lasting Impact,”
May/June 2016), several years ago I was
driving to work down Fernwood Road
in Bethesda when a Honda Accord
two cars ahead suddenly swerved into
the oncoming traffic lane right into
the path of a huge garbage truck. The
truck swerved into our lane to avoid a
head-on collision, but, unfortunately,
the Honda Accord swerved back too.
The resulting crash looked and sounded
like an explosion. I will never forget it.
Several of us stopped and ran up to
the Accord, which no longer looked
like a car. It looked more like a crushed
vehicle from an auto wrecking yard. All I
could make out inside the wreckage was
a woman’s head, and she was moaning.
Several of us tried to help her, but there
were no car doors left, no window
openings, no way to get to her.
I remember lamely telling her to
“hold on,” that help was coming.
Then I went to help the guy
driving the car behind her
who swerved off the road and
hit a fence and somehow
banged his head.
The Collision Reconstruction
Unit arrived right after the
fire department vehicles. As a human
being, I was horrified at what I had just
witnessed. As a TV journalist, I was
fascinated with the scene playing out
County resident, I was ultra-impressed
with how carefully and professionally
the CRU detectives handled and
interviewed the witnesses. I told the
detective who interviewed me that I
had been in TV news a long time and
had seen lots of video of dead bodies
after shootings, fires and collisions but
had never seen it happen right in front
of me. We agreed there are few things
as violent as a collision.
A week or so later, the CRU
detective called me, not for more
information, but to find out how I was
doing. Maybe I appeared traumatized
to him at the scene. He gently told me
the victim, who died at the scene, had
been on a new medication, and she
may have dozed off for a moment, and
that’s all it took.
What strikes me today about this
remembrance and your story is the
phrase “Doing God’s Work.” These
officers truly cared about the victim
first, and then the “victimized”
witnesses. “Dedicated public servants”
doesn’t come close to describing the
job these professionals really do.
PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN
As a former Montgomery County
Public Schools public information
director, I want to applaud Louis
Peck for spectacular reporting and
writing (in “Lessons Learned?” May/
June 2016), and some of the greatest
insights ever into the inner workings
of the Montgomery County Board of
Education, over the past several years.
And who knew? Happy 200th Birthday,
BOE! Hope for your sake (and the sake
of our kids) you can go back to being
less “newsworthy,” in some senses.
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