Our Readers' Opinions
May 13, 2005
Police handling of crash site not impressive

Editor: Harley Cambridge died tragically two weekends ago. It would have come one day after our last conversation. He and I met outside my office where he directed me to park my car and then proclaimed that he was quite the good citizen because his directions were spot on! Of course I agreed because Harley was indeed one of the good guys. {{more}}

Notwithstanding his penchant for speed, Harley was always willing to help do anything. He never smoked nor was he an alcohol drinker; nope the man just liked going fast, and as much as it hurts, he died doing what he loved. We can only hope to be so lucky.

This guy’s name was part Harley-Davidson. Ironic eh?

For those who saw him only as a Biker Boy, you would have missed the sense of humour, the quiet determination and the love that resided in his wiry frame. He was his mother’s eyeball and she was his. And he did all within his power to help out his friends. His two childhood chums, Grant Connell and my brother John JB Frederick, have had a hard time coming to terms with his death. But time heals all wounds and he will forever reside in our hearts.

What I cannot forget however is the absence of Police know-how in the face of, what could only be termed an overwhelming crash site.

It was something to see the way in which a certain officer appeared to have conducted the mandatory measuring and outlining. Perhaps his overzealous professionalism rubbed some the wrong way. The unfortunate driver of the other vehicle involved, was obviously in shock, from the glassy stare to the tears which fell unheeded down his face and no one thought about his needing medical attention at all. As a matter of fact, he was prompted to witness the measurements.

I am sure that he remembers nothing.

In the face of what is tragedy, the call must be made for a review of all aspects of handling emergencies such as these. Let Harley’s demise be the trigger that initiates a change in the way things are done when handling roadside fatalities.

My friend, you will most definitely be missed!

Vynnette A. Frederick