Kristie's Law: the means to prevent
a new generation of innocent victims of police pursuits.
to the Editor
Your Nov. 19 article, "Teen's family, CHP reach $1.4 million
December 3, 2003—I
just read the article on the California Highway Patrol's settlement
with the Mohorko family. I was again looking for some sign of
compassion for the family, some kind of admittance of wrong, something
that would give me a sense of respect for law enforcement again.
after the accident, I still believed that in the end they would say how
sorry they were and that they would try to do whatever it takes to keep
this from happening to another family. I was wrong.
was sickened by the lack of compassion shown by the spokesperson for
the CHP, Tom Marshall. After everything that has happened, there is
still no sign of the CHP taking any responsibility for what happened.
They attempted to put the blame on an innocent man, Chris Haynes,
Jessica Mohorko's boyfriend. If any one of us had tried to blame
someone for a crime we did not commit, we would have been arrested.
think it is time for law- enforcement agencies, which are supposed to "serve and protect," to stop killing innocent people and
saying, "Oh, we're sorry, it was an accident," and then
continue to let this kind of thing happen over and over and over again.
need to be changes made so that this never happens again. I am not
willing to lose one of my children like this.
life of a beautiful young woman was taken, a family was devastated, and
a whole lot of young people lost a good friend. Their lives will never
be the same. We will never forget, and those of us who loved Jessica
will see to it that the CHP and its officers never do either. The CHP
must rethink its policies on pursuits, take responsibility for what
happened and stop putting the blame on others.
has another angel in heaven, but we sure could have used her here just
a little bit longer.
- -- Debbie Estrada,