As a New York accident and malpractice lawyer, I deal with tragic situations on a near-daily basis. However, a story I read in the Corning Leader on November 15, 2010 was one of the saddest I have heard in a long time.
According to the Leader, 46 year-old Holly Hain of Painted Post, New York was killed when she was struck by a car at approximately 10:15 p.m. Saturday evening on the Curtis-Cooper Road in Steuben County.
Hain had been traveling south on the Curtis-Cooper Road when she pulled over to the west shoulder and parked her car to help a calf that was wandering along the road. However, at that moment Leah Jamison, 17, of Campbell, New York was traveling north on Curtis-Cooper Road. Jamison hit Hain and the calf.
In addition to being a good samaritan, Hain was a physical education teacher and coach in the Campbell-Savona school district. Just imagine the heartache — Hain taught at Campbell-Savona school and was hit and killed by a young girl who is likely a Campbell-Savona High School senior. As a former athlete at Notre Dame High School in Elmira, New York, and Georgetown University, I understand firsthand how vital a role physical education teachers and coaches play in the lives of their students. My heart truly goes out to Ms. Hain’s students and members of her teams.
Perhaps worse is the fact that this tragedy could have been avoided. Junior license restrictions are in place for a reason — to keep young, inexperienced drivers off the road when they are tired and it is dark outside. Leah Jamison chose to ignore those restrictions, and, sadly, is paying a hefty price. Parents — let this terrible situation remind you to enforce junior license restrictions. It’s just not worth the risk to ignore the law.
I offer my sincere condolences to the Campbell community on your loss.
Christina Bruner Sonsire, Esq.
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, New York 14902-1338
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