Again with the minimizing rhetoric.
Not the results of breaking the law [i.e. the speed limit]…
Not the results of poor judgement [i.e. driving faster than conditions permit]
Not even an “accident,” but a “mishap.”
Butler County man killed in truck mishap
September 9, 2012 8:27 am
A Butler County man was killed when he lost control of his speeding truck and it overturned.
State police at Butler said Howard Miller, 70, of Harmony, died of head injuries. He was pronounced dead by the Butler County Coroner at 8:40 p.m. Saturday at the accident scene in Muddy Creek.
Police said Mr. Miller was “traveling at a high rate of speed” on Yellow Creek Road when he failed to negotiate a curve. Police said he lost control of the vehicle then it went into a slide, striking numerous trees before it overturned. The accident happened at about 7:30 p.m.
70 yr olds are usually smarter than that, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a medical condition that happened simultaneous to the “mishap”.
Perhaps: one of the early signs of his dementia long before it was diagnosed was my stepfather’s extremely aggressive driving.
Title should read “Man killed by own poor judgement”. Although if applied properly that title would die of overuse. At least he didn’t take anyone with him.
The article doesn’t mention how the trees are doing.
There are times I feel like dropping by the calling hours for someone I have no idea who is, just to learn more about what happened. Just hang out, don’t say much, say we were casual acquaintances or something, worked together briefly a few years back. I’ve done this with people I’ve not known well, but not a complete stranger. This one intrigues me, though. Was this completely out of left field, or was there something else going on?
I don’t think Pseuda was being insensitive, she was just pointing out journalistic inadequacy. The insensitivity was all me.
Like I said, just glad he didn’t take anyone with him.
My thoughts go out to Mr. Miller’s friends and family.
Indeed, my post was intended as a critique of the reporting (thus the subject header).
It is, however, worth pointing out that intentional speeding (if it was that) is an insensitive way of moving through the world.
Stu, I understand your curiosity, but I can tell you from experience that having people trying to pump you for information at a loved-ones funeral sucks. Also, we did not talk about the death at any of my family’s funerals so any attempts just to get gossip were not going to be fruitful. I think there’s a better use of your time.
In case anyone’s wondering, I’m not driving to Butler for this, but I might try to dig up a copy of the Butler Eagle for additional details.
The headlines on the PG website are consistently terrible. Remember how wrong they got the Penn Ave. story?
In the same thread, people bash news outlets
for poor reporting, and yet use those news
outlets’ words against dead people. Want to
talk about victim blaming? There is NO
information in this news article, and as
stated by some, there are probably other
circumstances not mentioned.
Get over yourselves.
Hmm, not entirely clear what I’m supposed to get over.
Also not clear as to what can be construed as victim blaming here, esp given a single vehicle accident where according to the information that is in the article, the individual miscalculated, fk’ed up, and killed himself.
Medical condition? Eh, he was operating a vehicle wherein his loss of control might possibly have killed completely innocent others. Still, glad he didn’t take anyone with him.
The point of the thread being, still, news outlets, no everyone, need to stop referring to what are most likely preventable fatal crashes as “accidents”. “Mishap” degrades the gravity of the circumstances even further.
“It was an accident”
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