Sylvester Birchem, Breckenridge, Minn., Published July 10 2013
Letter: Lies manipulated accident reportsAlmost everyone has heard about the accident in Wahpeton, N.D., where the Mangalaw truck went into the Wild Rice River. Only one side of the story was told.
First of all, some people who lived near the river saw the accident happen and looked the other way, yet they told the police what they saw. Second, the people of Wahpeton and Breckenridge, Minn., lack integrity. Many motorists drove by my sister and nephew after the accident happened and kept going, even though it was very obvious an accident just happened. There were tire marks leading from the ditch into the river and two people were on the bridge out in the middle of nowhere dripping wet.
Yes, my sister lied, but only to protect her son, knowing how the media is.
She is not the only one who lied. The investigating police officer also lied. She told him the truth of what happened, plus the vehicle malfunctioned. The steering column locked up, and they can prove it through papers from a mechanic that the vehicle was in the shop the prior week. The cop promised nothing would happen, yet two hours later he was at the door handing my nephew a ticket when it was not his fault.
I guess the Wahpeton Police Department also has a lack of common sense and integrity.