The community's widespread outpouring of grief over the untimely
death of Del Norte High freshman Josh Lacy and their great support
for his family offers something positive amid this weekend's sad
news. Even if total strangers, Del Norters care enough for one
another that we lament this unnecessary loss.
And so we are deeply shaken that he died in a hit-and-run. Worse,
there is the possibility that if the driver had stopped and called
for help, paramedics might have arrived on the scene soon enough to
save Josh. His broken bones were not severe enough to cause death,
but the few minutes that passed from the time that driver left the
scene until someone else saw Josh's body and called 911 was all that
much longer that oxygen did not flow to his brain, which proved to be
the ultimate killer.
Given when and where the accident occurred, we suspect the driver who
hit Josh knows so. No doubt that person panicked. With the news of
Josh's death, they likely are terrified. The legal consequences of a
hit-and-run not to mention what this will do to his or her life and
presumably family will be harsh.
If this driver has a family to care for, we suspect he or she has a
conscience and a sense of responsibility. If so, the driver will feel
guilt about this accident for the rest of his or her life.
To that driver, we offer this counsel: You know what you did was
wrong. If you are ever to find peace with yourself, the first step
must be to atone for your actions. We know the days ahead will be
difficult. But by having turned yourself in, you always will know
that you made amends for this decision.
There is no way, of course, to bring Josh back. Josh's family knows
that. But for the family to have closure, they must hear words of
apology from the driver. They must know that the driver like so
many others in the community grieves as well and regrets his or her
actions of Friday morning.
Indeed, if there is one thing that angers and truly terrifies people
of good conscience, it is the recognition that there are soulless
monsters out there who care nothing for their fellow human beings.
The driver who hit Josh Friday morning can prove that he or she is
not such a person by doing the right thing: Turn yourself in to
police. There is no shame in doing what is right.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?