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Letter: Distracted driving claims lives

A Brookhaven man was killed early evening on

A Brookhaven man was killed early evening on Dec. 28th 2012, in Riverhead when he was struck by the drivers of two separate vehicles, one of whom fled the scene, police said. (Dec. 29, 2012) Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

I was so saddened to hear of yet another pedestrian hit by a car ["Driver sought in pedestrian's death," News, Dec. 30]. This man had just parked his car and was walking to his 50th birthday celebration dinner.

I have been so keenly aware of this because my best friend's young son was struck and killed two weeks before Christmas. The driver claimed he never saw the son, and is not charged with any criminal act or driving violation. However, we have no way of knowing if the driver was texting or was otherwise distracted.

It was the hardest thing watching my friend lay her dear son to rest. My friend's life will be forever changed. I would like to ask, in honor of her son and all the others who have lost their lives, that every one of us strives to drive as safely as possible -- by not driving under the influence, texting or multitasking while behind the wheel.

Yes, accidents will happen, but this is the least we can do.

Carolyn Mann, Massapequa