Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 8, 2012

Letter: Drive with caution to avoid injuring others

Editor, Townsman:

Our 14-year-old son was hit in a crosswalk by a truck while walking home from school Friday, Nov. 2. Fortunately, he received only a glancing blow and is on his way to what we hope is a full and rapid recovery. During his four-day stay in local hospitals, my wife and I had a lot of time to reflect and would like to share three messages with all of Andover.

First, a thank you to the local police, fire, ambulance, and medical professionals who provided quick, competent and compassionate care to our son. We, in Andover, are fortunate to have professionals like you to help us in our emergencies.

Another thank you to everyone in the Andover community for their sympathy and help. We gained a new appreciation for how very responsive and caring a community we live in.

And finally, a plea to every driver to be cautious, particularly around schools. Too many times we see drivers texting, speeding, ignoring children in crosswalks and crowding walkers and cyclists on the streets of Andover. Our son was severely injured by one such lapse of caution. One injury is too much, but, sadly, he is only one of many hurt this way this year. It is never OK to endanger others while driving. Never.

Andover is a great town, but it can be better. We can make it better by taking our time on our roads and being more cautious, particularly when walkers and cyclists may be near, and particularly near crosswalks and our schools. Your caution will help prevent serious injuries and deaths.

Ian Finley

86 Central St.

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