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I'm glad to hear your son is doing better. As a parent of two, I can't imagine the horror at hearing your child was involved in a serious car crash.
In terms of my blog, this was only an initial reporting attempt to get additional information. I hope you saw our published story in Saturday's edition, which did list the driver's condition as critical. We didn't intend my blog to be the final version we published. What I wrote was based on two witnesses' accounts of what they saw and how they couldn't see how someone survived the crash.
Our reporter did talk later the same day with Cuero police to get the official information and patient condition for the published version. If you would like to speak with a reporter about your son's crash, please feel free to contact me at 361-574-1271 or our newsroom at 361-574-1222.
Please accept our wishes for a full and speedy recovery for your son.
First of all, my thoughts were that the public should be provided accurate information. Second, I am the parent of the 19 year old that was involved the car accident in Cuero on Thanksgiving. For your information and for anyone else interested, he is ALIVE. Currently, he is Trauma ICU and is in stable condition. He is making progress every day.
Getting news into the paper or online is what we do. Yes, we try to track down eyewitness accounts of news events. This doesn't mean we don't feel for those in the car or whose who care for the victims.
We think it's helpful for people to get the most accurate and comprehensive information available to help them make better decisions, particularly when driving.
Newspapers have long accepted contributions from readers -- some are paid for and some are not. I'm not quite sure how either necessarily says something about people's baser sides. In my experience, people are universally saddened and horrified by bad car crashes.
It's particularly sad for loved ones when they occur on the holidays.
A person died, and you're concerned about getting the details in the newspaper? And, of course, there is no offer in the appeal to pay for the submissions that might be made. So this is truly an appeal to your readers' baser side. How sad!People do need to house-train their puppies and line their birdcages and wrap the flounder they catch at the bay, so the Advocate does have some practical use.