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Where's the Beef? Errrr, .... Ticket?

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Where's the Beef? Errrr, .... Ticket?

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
December 1, 2007

The article on November 22 about the Haligus Road double-fatal accident has generated 20 comments. Not quite a record - there was an older one that generated more. You can read the article and the comments by clicking on "November" to the right and then scrolling down to "Driver Out of Hospital for 3 Weeks".

But some of us are beginning to wonder just exactly why tickets have not been issued to young Miss Gryz. What could possibly be the reason that the McHenry County Sheriff's Department has delayed in issuing at least initial tickets? Or has it issued them but just not released the information to the press. Is this accident still "pending investigation"?

The longer they wait, the bigger deal it becomes. While it might have seemed cruel and unusual punishment for a deputy to issue a ticket to a hospitalized driver for Careless Driving or Failing to Drive on the Paved Portion of the Roadway or whatever the obvious charge would be, the ticket(s) should have been issued.

And, if tickets weren't issued immediately, then they should have been issued as soon as it was obvious that the driver would survive. She went home after a week in the hospital, and that didn't even make the daily newspaper. Now another week has passed.

Perhaps a deputy will post here what the thinking at the Sheriff's Department is about this delay. And when tickets will be issued.

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