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February 24, 2009

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished by Government

by Stephen Littau

The Rocky Mountain News reports:

He may have saved three lives, but RTD bus driver Jim Moffett got a jaywalking ticket anyway, along with broken bones and internal bleeding.

Moffett, 58, was driving an RTD bus southbound on Federal Boulevard at 62nd Avenue about 9 Friday night, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

A couple of elderly women exited the bus and tried to walk across Federal to their trailer home on the east side, Moffett’s stepson, Ken McDonald said today.

“With that light snowstorm, my stepdad didn’t think they could cross the street safely,” McDonald said. “There’s a six- or seven-block area where there’s really no place to cross.

“So he got off the bus with another passenger and they helped the ladies cross,” he said.
The four people had made it about halfway across Federal, and most of the northbound traffic had slowed to let them go the rest of the way, McDonald said.

“But one pick-up driver got impatient and passed in the left hand turn lane,” McDonald said. “He plowed right into my stepdad — but not before he pushed the old ladies and the other guy out of the way.”

Moffett is at St. Anthony Central Medical Center with bleeding in the brain, broken bones in his face, a dislocated shoulder, a broken wrist and possible ruptured spleen and liver, McDonald said. His right knee needs a complete rebuild.

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Moffett can’t believe he got a jaywalking ticket for his trouble. His stepson calls it “absolutely obscene.”

McDonald said his stepfather didn’t choose the route across the road, the elderly women had already started across. “And there’s not a safe place to cross the road anyway on that whole stretch.”

I cannot tell how many times I have seen people illegally cross this very street after dark; I have never seen a police officer stop someone or issue a citation for jaywalking. But now when an individual puts himself at risk and possibly saves the lives of three people? Well obviously, this man needs to pay a fine…can’t you see he broke the law!

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3 Comments

  1. That really stinks. But, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the ticket has less to do with trying to “enforce” the jaywalking laws than it has to do with the negligence lawsuit that is going to be filed just as soon as the guy gets out of the hospital.

    Comment by Mark — February 24, 2009 @ 11:42 am
  2. How infuriating. I hope the guy that passed illegally on the left gets more than a ticket. I know the exact area they are talking about and Federal is pretty wide there. I get irritated about people jaywalking (usually in the dark in dark clothing), but this guy was just trying to help out some elderly people that had no other choice. Maybe they need to rethink where they have the bus stop. Thank goodness for those three other people that he was there to help them.

    Comment by Aimee — February 24, 2009 @ 12:41 pm
  3. Another glaring example of what scumbags American police are.

    Comment by John N — February 26, 2009 @ 5:40 am

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