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Janessa Marquette, Published January 23 2010

An open letter to cowardly driver

The following is an open letter to the driver involved in the hit-and-run that almost left a friend dead:

If you are reading this, I want you to know that you have devastated a family and an untold number of friends. Whether you were drunk, abusing drugs or simply not paying attention, you struck and left for dead a 25-year-old man. You not only struck a young man with your car, you then proceeded to run him over as you fled the scene of the crime.

When you woke up and looked at your damaged vehicle, did you even remember what happened? Was there blood on your bumper? Fingerprints, perhaps? Maybe some human hair stuck in the grill from the fractured skull you so generously bestowed?

Did you sleep well? I hope so. Because I hope it’s the last good night’s sleep you ever have. Every time you close your eyes, I hope you see the damage you have done. I hope you realize that you are nothing more than a coward – one good samaritan away from being a murderer.

We all live with guilt, we all live with shame, but most of us don’t live with the knowledge that we left a man to die because we didn’t want to face the consequences of what we had done. I hope you find your soul, regain your pride and turn yourself in, if you haven’t done so already. I hope you find your peace.