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Blind curve, death

RE: Fatal Accident July 2, mile 170, Interstate 70, west lanes, time 3:25 p.m., approximately.

The conclusion has been drawn by public safety officials that the fatal accident was caused by “excessive speeding and brake failure,” as reported in the Vail Daily, July 8.

Just after 3 that same day (20 minutes before the accident) I was traveling west on I-70. I passed the Minturn exit going 55 miles per hour, which was the posted speed limit, and as I rounded that blind corner I came upon two lanes of traffic at a dead stop. I slammed on my brakes, put on my flashers, and looked in the rear view mirror, scared that someone behind me would slam into me.

We sat there stopped for several minutes, before being able to move forward slowly. There was no signage, no flagman, no cones, NOTHING to indicate that traffic was at a standstill ahead, on the busiest travel week of the summer.

CDOT, as well as the construction companies Sema and American Civil Constructors, clearly have a responsibility to make sure that drivers are informed about road hazards due to their construction.

The slowdowns at the blind curve, although much less severe than Wednesday, had begun a couple of days earlier. Why was no signage added at that time? Were CDOT, and these two construction companies not paying attention to the effect they had on traffic?

Did none of the State Patrol officers notice a problem prior to the accident, when only two days before, there had been another accident in the same place?

Where does the responsibility lie for this unnecessary death?

Ghiqui Hoffmann

Where’s support?

After reading two articles in the TIPSline section of Thursday’s Vail Daily entitled “Now you cover one” and “Don’t believe it,” I find myself at a loss for words. The two calls so infuriated me that I feel the need to voice my frustration to the two ignoramuses who made these statements via the Daily.

As an acquaintance of the victim, and a lifelong Eagle County resident, I am shocked at the lack of support that other locals have shown toward the victim. I grew up around the young woman who was assaulted. From going to school with her to watching her perform in numerous plays, to listening to her sing like an angel, I feel that I know her well enough to know whether or not she is telling the truth about what has happened with NBA star Kobe Bryant.

Think about it, people. This girl has everything to lose by coming forward with her accusations. Since the world has found out about the accusations, she has been harassed by the media 24/7. They invade her privacy at her home, work, and even her friends’ homes. Her good name and reputation have been obliterated.

Her life will be forever changed by the events of the past few weeks.

From now on she will be known to the world as the woman who brought Kobe down. Honestly, who would want that reputation?

Furthermore, how is it that people can dispute the physical and genetic evidence that investigation of the case has provided? And do people really believe that a woman would willingly have a rape kit test done if there was no evidence to be found? Only an imbecile desperate for attention would make such drastic accusations. This woman is most definitely not one of those people.

I encourage everyone that doubts the credibility of the victim to review the facts of the case more thoroughly. Just because Mr. Bryant is one of the few celebrities left that has not blemished his reputation does not mean that he is not human. He has made a mistake, and I think that the court dates to follow will prove this. DA Mark Hurlbert would not be prosecuting Bryant if the evidence proved otherwise.

In conclusion, I believe that the courage she showed simply by coming forward with these accusations is admirable, to say the least. It takes a lot of guts to speak out against someone who has committed such a crime, and I think that we could all learn something from her.

Jamie Woodworth


Keep reading

Who the hell is this guy? In today’s (Friday’s) paper he writes that Kobe will most likely be charged with felony sexual assault today. NOBODY else has written it is likely one way or the other.

Your paper has been a piece of garbage in reporting this case over the past two weeks, especially Randy Wyrick. You are a bunch of scumbags. You’ve been biased the whole time, especially this Randy Wyrick. Every word that has been written by your paper insinuates Kobe Bryant has been guilty since day 1. You’ve never been fair.

I live in Los Angeles, almost all of the papers have been fair in reporting this case, they haven’t said no he couldn’t have done it, they haven’t said the woman must be a liar. They’ve been fair. I guess that’s why they write for papers in the second-largest media market in the country and you are the Vail Daily Online.

I don’t know what’s going be better after tomorrow, knowing Kobe is innocent or not feeling compelled to read the garbage that comes from your crappy paper? Hire some talent. This is America, and you freaken people are disgraces.

James Collins

They’re called sources

I think that Randy Wyrick’s opening paragraph (Friday) is very unprofessional and makes assertions that are, as of yet, untrue.

In videotaped responses, the DA said that he would announce today “whether or not charges would be filed” on Friday. All of the major news Web sites echo the same statement.

Your reporter, on the other hand, makes an assertion that Kobe will be charged today and we will find out what the charges are at 3 pm.

I find it unfair and unprofessional to make such an assertion without adequate documentation to support the assertion. Bad journalism.

I do feel for the young woman involved, but this move and the sheriff’s unwillingness to wait on the arrest has turned a bad situation into an ugly situation. The editor is just as guilty for letting it go to press.

Steven Nash

Tulsa, Okla.

When’s the book deal?

Mr. Milton Taylor has a good point. Why did the sheriff arrest or issue a warrant for Kobe arrest without consulting the DA. This is a point to ponder by pundits all around. Or maybe the sheriff was looking for publicity. Well, if he writes a book, then we will know why.

Angelo M. Saldana

Santa Maria, Calif.

Right on, sheriff

No matter that the alleged victim suffered through the death of a friend, and a break-up with her boyfriend, how can you judge Sheriff Hoy’s handling of the Kobe Bryant case when you have no idea what his evidence is?

Isn’t it possible that District Attorney Mark Hurlbert is making a mistake in delaying the charges?

Apparently, he already has failed at least one rape victim. Perhaps he’s being overly cautious at the expense of another because he’s intimidated by Bryant’s celebrity and his topnotch defense team.

On the other hand, if after 30 hours of investigation, Hoy and his team were confident in their case, it would be unconscionable for them to delay the arrest for days and weeks while the victim and her family suffers further, not knowing whether they would receive justice.

Maybe Hurlbert’s delays are appropriate for “image” and perceptions in a high-profile case. But if it were my daughter who were assaulted, I’d rather have Sheriff Hoy on her side.

Laura Fisher


Proper course

It appears that some of your readers are not knowledgeable with the criminal justice system and the penal code, and are unjustly condemning the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office!

When a felony crime (rape) is committed, the victim identifies a known suspect, and there is reasonable suspicion/cause, the suspect is expeditiously arrested with or without an arrest warrant.

Statements are taken from the victim and witnesses, evidence that could be hidden or destroyed is collected and preserved, and the facts are documented by the investigator(s).

The arrested suspect is allowed to consult with an attorney, and reasonable bail to assure his appearance at a later arraignment is set. Then, the case with recommendations for prosecution is submitted to the district attorney’s office for full and intense review and prosecution, further investigation, or rejection.

Only in special circumstances, and if time is appropriate, is the district attorney apprised and involved in the ar rest process.

Please support and commend Sheriff Hoy and his staff for conducting a proper crime investigation. The celebrity status of the suspect was not a deterring factor, and should not be. The criminal court of law will see that justice is properly served!

Richard A. Barton

Idol tarnished

I am personally FURIOUS with what the press is doing to Kobe’s image without any reasonable evidence. Couldn’t Kobe be completely innocent?

I am 14 years old, and for me, Kobe is a hero. His personality and charisma on and off the court, as well as his constant display of good sportsmanship, and his genuine love for the game (not just the money he receives) makes him a very admirable NBA player, in fact, the most reputable player in the league to date.

It greatly angers me how quickly the press forgets Kobe’s constant smile, his cooperation with the media, and his personality, a personality that is incapable of the rape or “rough sex” the media is accusing Kobe of engaging in with this still unknown woman.

I ask you to look for a moment at any interview Kobe has ever done. Look into his eyes without once thinking of your duty to “present your opinion” or the “unbiased” facts. Look into his eyes, filled to the brim with naivete and love and passion for the game of basketball.

Then tell me, whether those sweet 24-year-old eyes are capable of a criminal act such as rape. I ask you, as a member of the media, why you are trying to rob me of my hero WITHOUT any evidence?

Kobe isn’t a rapist; Kobe is a kid who loves to play basketball. A young man with immense talent for the sport who truly is still a child, so much so that tears spilled out of his intense eyes after the Lakers were eliminated from the championship race earlier this year.

You tell me, is the Kobe who cried after losing a basketball game capable of a horrible and dirty crime such as rape? Please don’t steal my image of Kobe Bryant, a heroic figure, without any proof. Please don’t destroy the reputation of one of the only NBA players who has been not only an asset on the court, but also one off it with his kind-heart and likeable persona.

Please don’t be unfair and charge Kobe with crimes that the office of law has yet to find him guilty. Please think before you destroy Kobe’s reputation.

Honestly think if he deserves it. I believe you will come to the conclusion that he doesn’t.

Natasha Sarin

Bang, bang

We are all watching how the law is bent. Does the sheriff need a notch on his new gun ?

Suzanne Ashley

Evansville, Ind.

Whiny Dems

Democrats probably haven’t been this bitter since losing the Civil War to Republicans (another war of liberation they were on the wrong side of!) The silly letters they are sending (and that the Daily prints) sound so juvenile!

I liked this quote and have kept it from last summer. Democrat Zell Miller (U.S. Senator from Georgia) said, “Unlike our GOP opponents, we have to prove that we will not raise taxes, let all of the crooks out of prison, pour the public’s money down a variety of ratholes, double everybody’s welfare check, condone the burning of the American flag, let serial ax murderers escape the electric chair, confiscate everybody’s guns and take down the Christmas tree at City Hall.”

Democrats! Pay attention! You are wrong, wrong, wrong. You try to control newspapers, schools, judges, etc. Americans know this means you have something to hide and see it as dishonest. Grow up and stop whining, please.

Ralph Ohlsen


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