Friday, May 09, 2008

Sad...and Honorable

This story is incredibly heartbreaking, but I wanted to post about it to juxtapose all the stories about awful parents in this country...

"...Chicago police say a man died as he tried to shield his four-year-old daughter from an auto allegedly driven by a man under the influence of a controlled substance.

Joseph Richardson was walking his daughter Kaniyah to a McDonald's for burgers late Monday when a car jumped the curb. Police say the 39-year-old Richardson grabbed his daughter just before the car slammed the two into a fence.

Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene. Kaniyah was taken to Comer Children's Hospital in serious condition.

Police say the driver of the car, 32-year-old Angelo Thomas of Chicago, was charged with two felony counts of aggravated DUI. Witnesses say the man was driving erratically before the accident.

Richardson, a church musician, was the father of three, two girls and a boy, all under the age of 10..." (source)

How wonderful to finally read about a parent whose first instinct was to protect their child. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and children. I hope their church and community are supporting them through this horrific tragedy.

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