It’s always devastating when young lives are cut short by traffic accidents. However, it’s worse when it was possibly preventable.
A car crash involving Wisconsin Democrat Minority Leader Janet Bewley Friday afternoon took the lives of a mother and her young daughter, the Conservative Brief reported. Bewley was on the phone at the time of the crash and had cataract surgery just the day before.
Pennsylvania woman Alyssa Ortman, 27, was driving with her 5-year-old daughter, Khaleesi Fink, when Bewley allegedly pulled in front of her. The two cars collided and caused Ortman’s vehicle to spin and strike 45-year-old Jodi Munson’s vehicle.
At the time of the crash, Bewley was on her phone giving an interview to Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reporting intern Ben Baker. The pair were speaking about the upcoming elections for the legislature when Bewley cut off midsentence, prompting him to ask Bewley if she was still there.
After her tone elicited further concern from Baker, Bewley revealed what had just happened. “Yeah, I’m OK. This is not a good accident.”
Fink was pronounced dead at the scene, and Ortman died at the hospital a short time later. Just prior to the accident, Bewley had told the reporter she had had eye surgery to remove a cataract the day before.
No charges have been filed, and Bewley’s office released a statement about the incident. “This is a heartbreaking event for the community. Our thoughts and prayers are focused on the individuals involved, their families, and their loved ones,” the statement said. “Senator Bewley, who was not seriously injured in the accident, wants to thank all the dedicated law enforcement and emergency medical personnel who helped in the aftermath of the accident.”
This is a sad tragedy all around. Although it isn’t clear whether Bewley was at fault, the circumstances don’t look good.