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Re: “Pedestrian killed at Markham and Pearl

Brett was my little brother. He had returned home from a lecture downtown, parked in his neighborhood just across Markham from the School for the Deaf, and was walking there to join his wife and kids who were already gathered there for National Night Out. I spoke to one of the witnesses who passed Brett outside thr EZ Mart and turned around to witness everything. He's still traumatized and haunted by what he saw, complete with flashbacks and obsession that if he'd only stopped to talk to Brett the timing would have been different and Brett and the car wouldn't have come together at the same time. We haven't heard a thing from the 80 year old driver. Not even condolence. The police investigation is apparently still ongoing. A death so sudden and violent and seemingly inexplicable like my little brother's sends ripples of trauma, grief, and shock in all directions, and not just within his family, as evidenced by the eyewitness I mentioned. It should make us abandon the notion of getting around to telling your partner and kids you love them later instead of right now. As for the callous statements that have already been posted here, it makes me wonder if the mess our society and economy is in might not be because we simply don't give a damn about anyone but ourselves. Or because people like those morons confuse the instant gratification of having their stupidity posted on line with having an opinion. Opinions require thoughtful consideration. What they posted and the cold-blooded nature of their "comments" is little more than proof that the human brain indeed still retains its original reptilian foundation. Brett was everything they aren't and the world will be somehow diminished by his death. As I am by knowing I'll never get to debate exactly these issues with him again. For those of you who knew him or were touched by his loss, all I can say is thank you. He was a gentle and kind man. And I know you'll miss him in your own way as I will.

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Posted by Jeff Rogers on 10/08/2011 at 5:48 AM

 

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