"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
One act or decision can change everything.
Well, on the morning of May 29th, 14-year-old Andrew Wright missed his school bus.
So, he decided to ride his bike to school.
He did not wear a helmet.
Tuesdays are trash collection days in his Charlotte neighborhood.
Containers lined the sidewalk.
Andrew was trying to maneuver his way around them.
He clipped a trash bin, and lost control.
At that moment, a tractor trailer truck was passing.
Andrew fell into the roadway, and was hit and killed.
Police ruled it an accident.
A tragedy for his family and his friends.
A tragedy for the truck driver who will never forget.
And those whose trash cans blocked the sidewalk must question what role they played.
Could this accident have been prevented?
But life comes down to reducing the percentages.
Parents, make your kids wear a safety helmet.
There are state and local laws requiring it…but your motivation should be crystal clear.
It could save their lives.
Charlotte has an ordinance against blocking sidewalks with trash containers.
Just don't do it. Don't put another person at risk.
And we drivers can all do a better job of slowing down and paying attention.
Nothing can bring back a life lost in a tragic accident.
Let's reduce the percentages.
Tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.