So, I read this article on the Dispatch the other day, and I got all angried-up. Like old-man angry.
*The text of the article has changed since I first read it. It now reads differently. The original text is reproduced below.
Of course, I don’t like the content of the article. But more on that later.
Imagine if the famous Lizzie Borden poem:
Similarly, the Dispatch article makes more sense if you replace “car” with “kangaroo”. A car is inanimate and does nothing on its own. A kangaroo, on the other hand . . .
The original text of the article follows, with the word “KANGAROO” replacing the word “car.”
Randall E. Pennington of Royal Meadow Lane pleaded guilty today to failing to stop after a crash and attempted tampering with evidence.
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft scheduled sentencing forApril 24.
In addition to up to 18 months in prison, Pennington faces a mandatory driver’s license suspension of six months to three years.
Brad Young, 45, was seriously injured on the morning of Sept, 1, 2013, when Pennington’s KANGAROO struck him from behind on southbound Dublin Road, just south of Hayden Run Road, Assistant Prosecutor Keith McGrath said. The impact threw Young into the KANGAROO’s windshield, he said.
Pennington drove away, but a nurse who witnessed the crash stopped to administer first aid. Another motorist followed Pennington’s KANGAROO until he was able to get a license-plate number. That witness was an undocumented immigrant who was slow to relay the information to police because of fears that he could be deported, McGrath said.
He said investigators discovered that Pennington had contacted his insurance company on the day of the crash and taken the KANGAROO to a shop to have the windshield replaced, which led to the tampering charge.
Young, who required weeks of physical therapy after the crash, attended the hearing but did not speak. He declined to comment afterward.
And the substance of the article is no better. This Pennington guy hit a cyclist and left him for dead. Didn’t even stop to check. Then, after fleeing the scene, tried to hide the evidence of the hit and run. The cyclist, in the meantime, is spending his weeks and months trying to heal. Pennington was finally turned in by a reluctant witness. Why do you suppose Pennington fled?
Be brave, just look out for kangaroos.