The news that a man was hit by a car and critically injured crossing Bay Street brought out the worst in some of my fellow citizens. Commenting on a story in the Savannah Morning News, they celebrated the fact that “karma got this guy.” The pedestrian, 36-year-old Joshua Goodwin, was described as a “perp” and a “criminal” while listed in critical condition at Memorial Health University Medical Center on Saturday night.
News the next day that his condition improved must have been a bummer to the person who hoped Godwin’s injuries would be a “lesson to the jay walkers on Bay St.”
During the same time period, the Savannah Morning News published numerous stories about car crashes including:
None of these articles attracted a single comment, not even the one about an SUV crashing into the lobby of a pet shop. None of the drivers were called criminals. No one said they got what they deserved. No one said they hoped these crashes would serve as a lesson to other drivers.
The message is clear: Crash your car? It happens to the best of us. Get hit by a car? You’re a menace and you had it coming.