On a beautiful, bright and sunny California Wednesday afternoon, four best friends headed to the mall for some serious springtime shopping.
Flying north from the Mexican border along infamous California Highway 94, a stolen Hyundai full of five alleged drug smugglers wove in and out of traffic, with the DEA, Border Patrol, and local law enforcement in hot pursuit. The suspects ran red lights, drove on the shoulders, drove into on-coming traffic, pushing their little car well past the red-line, sometimes hitting speeds in excess of 120 mph. The suspects followed Highway 94 as it turned west into San Diego suburbs, heavier traffic, more traffic lights.
Four mall-bound teenaged girls watched the light turn green, and they proceeded cautiously into the intersection, beginning their left turn.
Out of nowhere came a speeding Hyundai, its driver seeing the SUV full of teen-aged girls just a split second too late. Although he swerved and slammed on the brakes, the Hyundai driver broadsided the SUV, rolling it over and trapping the girls, suspended by their seatbelts, in the half-turtle Explorer. The police rolled-up right behind the suspect, paying no attention to the girls and their plight, keeping their focus on the desperadoes rapidly escaping in five different directions.
Finally, the girls wriggled free, the driver gingerly maneuvering a broken arm and leg, and they worked their way out of the vehicle.
The bad guys escaped, and the law enforcement officers disappeared in hot pursuit of the alleged criminals. Who was there to take care of the innocent victims, and who would pay for both their medical expenses and the total loss of their vehicle? Who stood up for the people who simply wanted to go about their business on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon? Did anyone let them know they may have only six months or a year to file a claim against the local and federal officials; and did anyone explain how they would do it?
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