, Newburyport, MA


March 26, 2014

An almost tragedy â€" and a warning

To the editor:

On Saturday, March 15, I was nearly involved in severely the harming or perhaps worse of a toddler while starting to back out of the parking lot at The Provident Bank on Haverhill Road. The proximate cause was what I must assume as the cavalier attitude of a mother who, upon leaving her vehicle, allowed a tiny tot to head for the bank, passing behind my car, where it was impossible to see the child. Had the boy with her, likely also her child, been about to pass by my trunk, I would have backed over the child, with results I would rather not think about.

It is my opinion that if the woman could not carry the child, she should at least have held onto her hand!! No one backing out there could have seen the tot behind their vehicles.

I am still shaky over the near-miss of this innocent life being ruined or snuffed out. This occurred at about 11 a.m. Whoever this woman is, I hope she reads this and will take better care in the future.

Gary Crocker


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