Its the what ifs that haunt driver the most

Harry Sullivan
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Its the what ifs that haunt driver the most

TRURO - Elizabeth Dueck shudders as she recalls the crash that occurred when an object came flying out of the darkness and into her car's windshield.
"We were just scared, frightened. A horribly loud sound," the Fall River resident said, of
the Sunday night incident on Highway 102 in Millbrook.
"I knew something had hit it and I could hear the liquid come off it as well," she said. "The sound is so hard to describe. It was so loud."
Although Dueck and her 12-year-old daughter, Bridget, survived the ordeal unharmed, it's the "what ifs" that now haunt her the most.
"It was hard to sleep last night," she said, while waiting to have the windshield replaced in her Mazda on Monday.
After visiting family in the Truro area on Sunday, Dueck and her daughter were returning home shortly after 10 p.m. and were feeling joyful over spending a fun-filled day together.
Passing under the overpass at Exit 13A, however, the happiness they had been revelling in was suddenly lost.
"We had a great day, you know. We had a happy day ... and in an instant, it totally destroyed everything," she said. "It was hard to sleep last night just thinking about the what ifs. I could've lost control. We could've lost our lives. And not just us, we could've caused an accident with several cars. As we were pulled over, there was a lot of traffic, 18-wheelers and stuff. I can only imagine if one was passing me at the time."
Dueck said the noise was so sudden and loud it caused her daughter to begin screaming hysterically.
And while she understands that her car was struck in a totally random act, she cannot comprehend how anyone could inflict such needless, senseless fear into someone else's life without any regard for the potential danger they could have caused. Not to mention the $100 deductible fee she had to pay towards her new windshield.
"They have no idea what affect they cause people," she said. My daughter just totally panicked and all she could say afterwards was, 'I could've been killed.'"
Because of the fact the object contained some kind of liquid, Dueck initially believed her car had been struck by a water balloon. But after seeing the residue left on her car in daylight and inspecting the spot under the overpass where it was struck, she now believes the object most likely was a large soda drink container. She has no idea, however, what all may have been in it.
Regardless of what the item was, Dueck feels lighting should be installed over the overpass so a potential culprit would be more susceptible to being seen.
"There should be some kind of lighting on there," she said.
"If it's heavily trafficked by pedestrians, it would be better for them too ... They should have it lit."



Organizations: Mazda

Geographic location: Fall River, Millbrook

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  • Passing_by_again
    January 18, 2010 - 10:18

    Hi Craig,

    I agree that no one solution fits all problems, but what at least I am trying to say is that at 18yrs of age all adults are held accountable for their actions and must live with them the rest of their lives. There are many, many 14yr old citizens out there who make some 18yr old citizens look like cavemen. Without a doubt, the children have caught on to the fact that if they commit a crime they will not be punished. When I was young I was scared stupid to do something wrong, but that is no longer the case with youths. Other than an adult sentence we currently have no solutions that deter youths from crime. Worst case scenario they would go to juvie , but even that is a paradise compared to many homes and/or schools. Canada stands amongst little company when it comes to dealing with youth crime. Many of the big nations have no such protection for youths, and even more nations will go as far as capital punishment or torture for youth criminals. Now, that last example is a bit harsh in any scenario, but to protect these youths any longer while their crimes become more frequent, common, and serious in nature is fast becoming a bad practice. It will change - bank on it - but the question is When?

  • Countrygal
    January 18, 2010 - 10:18

    Chief Wiggam you sound like your counterpart on television. If you are so against young offenders names being released you (a) are one or (b) are the parent of one.

  • Countrygal
    January 18, 2010 - 10:13

    Gerald it is unfortunate that you aren't in charge of the Young Offenders Act. What a great idea you have. It just may slow some of those individuals down.

    If it wasn't a young offender but an adult well then they should just be tossed in jail until somebody remembers or cares to let them out because they are old enough to know better. Well of course the young offenders are too but they don't care because they are protected unlike the victims.

  • Countrygal
    January 18, 2010 - 10:07

    Well, Craig from Toronto, if a young offender's name is pubished it brings shame to their parents who just may decide to take back control of their kids rather than let then run while. By not publishing the young offenders name it gives them anonmity and the ability to do whatever the heck they like with maybe, at the most, a slap on the wrist. I don't have much good to say about Americans but you cannot beat their justice system.

  • Countrygal
    January 18, 2010 - 10:06

    I am getting so fed up with hooligans doing whatever they want. The NS justice system has to protect the victims not the criminals. Catch these individuals involved and give them jail time - it may be the only way to straighten some of these fools out.

    Thank God that the mother and her daughter were not physically harmed.

  • Craig
    January 18, 2010 - 09:55

    Hey CountryGal......I'm from Truro. Just trying to defend the youth. It isn't always the parents fault, it isn't always the kid's fault. Man... 'we adults know it all'

  • chief wiggam
    January 18, 2010 - 09:52

    country gal, it might be a good idea to bring back the scarlet letter and make women around the province wear that if they are adulterers too!

  • Gerald
    January 18, 2010 - 09:46

    Thank God this lady and her daughter are OK.
    This may or may not have been a young offender(s).....we don't know. But if it was....I agree...the most that would happen is slap on the wrist and most of them walk away laughing!
    Why isn't it written into the The Young Offenders' Act that each young offender only gets their name withheld for ONE charge of a crime and/or conviction.....after that they lose all protection under this act.
    Believe me...I know there are many many fine young people out there and I don't paint them all with the same brush. I just think the ones who continue to break laws and have no respect for themselves or anyone else have to be held accountable and we as citizens have a right to know who they are.

  • Craig
    January 18, 2010 - 09:44

    We as the public have NO RIGHT to know a Young Offenders Name. What does it matter to you, should they wear a yellow ribon around their neck to. There is no benifit to the public if we know this persons name. What are you going to do Gerald and CountryGirl if you find out the name? Are you going to sleep better? heck NO!

  • Mary
    January 18, 2010 - 09:41

    I agree with Countrygal!
    Time for the judges/courts to start protecting the Victims and lay down the law so it actually works.
    Police officers put a lot of time into building a case against culprits when they are caught only to have the offenders get a slap on the wrist and walk away . It must be very frustrating for the police every time this happens.

  • Just_passing_by
    January 18, 2010 - 09:38

    Craig, under the law we have no right, but I think you'd find a large portion of people disagree with your statement. Publishing a young offender's name would reveal the identity of the criminal, thereby tarnishing their reputation and hindering their future options. This is exactly what should happen - it's foolish to suggest that you magically mature at 18. This day and age children are maturing faster and thus the law should be changed.

    Sure, there should be a threshold, but allowing names to be published, if nothing else would essentially identify the parents. Humiliating the parents and having the blame placed directly on the child would go a long way to encourage better parenting than we're accustomed to these days.

    Whether you want to believe it or not, today's children are a major, major problem for society. I have a 14 year old son. I was that age 18 years ago. The differences I see in his world are astounding and unfortunate, but I sure as heck do my best to keep him on the right path. I wish I could say the same for some of his friends or their parents.