LETTER- Walk sign didn't matter
I think too many people are making too much of the pedestrian/cop incident ["Wheelchair shocker: Viewers find accident video disturbing," January 10]. Both operators were at fault. That's why it's called an accident.
If you watch closely, the impact does not "send the handicapped Charlottesville artist tumbling out of his chair." Mr. Mitchell falls out of his chair after it moves a good distance. If Mr. Mitchell was wearing a seatbelt while operating a motorized vehicle, he wouldn't have fallen out.
The few paralyzed people I know wear a belt to keep themselves in the seat. Is this what we need? More laws to make everyone do what should be common sense?
Everyone in the media seems to ignore the fact that Mr. Mitchell crossed against the signal. His signal is the crosswalk signal, not the green and red lights over the intersection. If I was driving through an intersection I wouldn't expect a motorized wheelchair to come zooming across the street against the signal. The officer most likely didn't either.
Also, towards the end of the video clip, do you notice the two motorists who couldn't wait for the officer to move his vehicle before driving through the intersection?
I'm sorry that Mr. Mitchell was hurt. Maybe if everyone slowed down and was more considerate, problems like these wouldn't occur. Fanning the flames of this story just creates more animosity and discontent.
Finally, does Kevin Cox listen to the radio while driving his car? While operating his car, his job is to pay attention to traffic signals, other motorists, pedestrians, etc. Who cares what music was on the radio?