Our family recently suffered the loss of my nephew, Michael Robles, in a solo car accident.
The article regarding the accident was an entire page prominently featured in your newspaper (Page 2, Sept. 13). It was a terrible tragedy that was compounded by seeing a graphic photo of the overturned vehicle in your article. Opening the newspaper and seeing this image was devastating, disturbing and sickening for many family and friends. This seemed especially heinous, because the reporter at the accident site was specifically asked by the family not to photograph the vehicle, let alone publish it.
The media thinks that we want to see the distasteful shots of accidents. It’s in bad taste, but unfortunately, the press feel people want to see pictures of such a tragedy all over the place and don’t take family into consideration. The families and friends of the victims don’t need to have these images to remember their loved ones by. The people suffering the loss of their friend do not need to see this. We don’t need to see the goriness of the death in our face. It is an awful thing.
The photo of Michael, a wonderful young man who lost his life, should have been the only one accompanying this article. The family and friends of Michael deserved better.
In the future, I would hope that better discretion is used regarding graphic photos. What if it had been your son, father, brother or nephew? Did you ever stop and think of the family and how much additional unnecessary pain and heartache you were inflicting needlessly? I guess not.
Have respect for the families. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
Linda Leija-De La Cruz, Patterson