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Letter: Fatal crash in Lodi was not just an accident

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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:00 am

I am writing in response to the uncle of Ryan Morales. He wants people to have mercy on his nephew. He stated, “He had an accident. Everybody makes mistakes. He’s loving, he’s caring and he’ll help anybody. He just had an accident. He’s having a hard time dealing with this.”

To this I would have to say, “Poppycock!” How can you say, “He just had an accident?” He had a horrible collision that killed and horribly injured people! This young man has no respect for anything other than himself. He has convictions for domestic violence, burglary, possession of methamphetamine, evading police and more. He knew that he could evade police by driving at extremely high speeds because they would withdraw from the chase because it wasn’t safe. He has a suspended license.

If the accusations are true, he made a choice on that day to drink alcohol with his father to an extreme. He then made a choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and drive at an extremely dangerous speed while under the influence of alcohol. These, dear uncle, are choices, not mistakes! This was not an accident, this was a horrible collision that could have been prevented if he had made better choices.

It is obvious that Ryan has no regard or respect for anyone other than himself by the choices he has made. So does he deserve mercy? I would have to say no. Does he deserve forgiveness? Maybe so, if he truly is sorry for his actions, but that would be up to all the family members of the people he is accused of killing and those he injured — and whether forgiven or not, he still has to be held accountable for his actions.

Barbara Bradley


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