March 25, 2009
The big development in the ongoing Donte Stallworth investigation yesterday was that the pedestrian who was killed was not walking within the crosswalk. I guess this might help Stallworth's legal case, but I still find it to be a very poor excuse for running someone down in a car.
There's this, too: Stallworth says he flashed his lights to try to warn the pedestrian.
Wouldn't it have been easier to just, you know ... brake? I don't mean to trivialize, but if you've got time time to flash your lights, you've got time to honk the horn, scream "get out of the way!" out the window, throw a rock at the guy, or, again, at the risk of becoming redundant, hitting the damn brakes.
It was 7:15 in the morning. Unless Donte Stallworth is actually Jack Bauer, I doubt he was going anywhere in too big of a hurry. He had plenty of time to beat the deadline for McDonald's breakfast. Why he could flash his lights, but not stop, remains a complete and total mystery.
It's all very weird. No charges have even been filed against Stallworth at this point, so we're a long way from a presumption of guilt, but something's not adding up here.
The guy he hit, a 59-year-old construction worker named Mario Reyes, was rushing to catch a bus after getting off work early in the morning. If you're into listening to grim and disturbing things, here are a couple of the 911 calls received immediately after the incident.
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