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M.J. Botelho: Drivers must take responsibility for their actions, accident victim urges

To the editor:

I’m celebrating an anniversary this Thursday. It will be 10 years ago that I was involved in a hit-and-run accident at the intersections of Triangle, Cottage and Pray streets in Amherst. I was hit in the back of the driver’s side of the car.

My car was propelled into oncoming traffic and I collided head-on with the car in the next lane. I suffered a broken collarbone, fractured knee, bruising through out my body and wounds from shards of glass.

My car was totaled. The driver who initially hit me left the scene of the accident. How could this person leave?

The area’s population swells at the end of the summer. As we drive around, we have each other’s lives in our hands.

Even though a cell phone was not a factor in my accident, let’s not reach for these devices while we drive. Our full attention should be on the road. If we do get into accidents, let’s take full responsibility for our actions.

Taking responsibility for what we do intentionally or accidentally shows our regard for each other. The person who left me seriously injured on Triangle Street never took responsibility.

M.J. Botelho


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