Wrong-Way Driver Story - Reporter Comment

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by Web Producer

wfaa.com

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Q: I am a loyal view of WFAA local news, and I have the utmost respect for Brad Watson.  During your June 21 5 p.m. broadcast Mr. Watson led a story regarding a wrong-way driver crash at the intersection of US 287 and 360.  At the end of the story, Mr. Watson (I'm paraphrasing here) stated that it was not known whether alcohol contributed to the driver going the wrong way and that blood samples have been sent off for alcohol/drug toxicology screening.  In my opinion, this type of statement is not appropriate nor is it fair to the family of the killed driver.  It seems to me that the appropriate comment should have been something along the lines of, “the factors related to the accident are still pending investigation.” Thanks for your time,

Thomas

A: Thank you for your email, and taking the time to write, Thomas. Brad Watson only reported what is the normal course of action for law enforcement. The time of day and the fact that the driver was going the wrong way on a divided highway are the reasons the toxicology results may be important.

 

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