• Arizona
  • Thursday , Feb 1 , 2018

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Drivers didn’t stop for infant on side of road in STV

I thought someone would stop, but no - all vehicles in front of me kept right on go­ing. The gravel truck driver saw the child as he pulled left, but the rocks still hit the child. I tried to stop but the jerk behind me would not let off of me, so I did the next best thing – I turned my truck hard left and made a 180 and went back. I used my truck to block the child – a little boy, maybe 1.5 to 2 years old - from the road so my truck was in the westbound lane of Ocotillo. I got out slowly so as not to scare the little guy. I picked him up and started to cry and shake; see, I am a dad and a grandpa. Another car pulled up. They too had tried to stop but could not and had to turn around. The other couple called 911.

This is when the anger hit me for the peo­ple who drive by; not the parent who lost the boy - that anger would come later. How could you just drive by a 2-year- old child in just a pair of PJ bottoms and not stop and help? Is your life so busy, is that phone in your ear so important, are the cubicles you work in so important that you cannot take a few minutes to stop and prevent a child from danger? Shame on you and you know who you are. You are those people who once a week put on your Sunday best and go to a building and call yourselves Chris­tians. Well, I bet God has a special place for you. I know if the worst had happened you would have said. “ That’s too bad. Where were the parents?” You had a chance to make sure this little soul was safe and you were too busy.

The Pinal County Sheriff ’s Office arrived soon; this is when I got mad at the parents. I could not stay to find the parents - prob­ably a good thing - but I knew the little guy was in good hands. I may never know the child’s name but I hope he has a good life. For those of you who drove right by him, I pray for you because you need it. God for­give you because I cannot.

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