As the Death Race feature nears its end the numbers continue to show that most people not involved in gangs, drugs, or relationships with violent people have much more to fear from being on the road than being on the street. There was a spectacular example this week of just why it is that most people do a bad job of assessing danger regarding those two things. In investigating a horrible story about a young man who died on his skateboard while trying to bring gasoline to a friend whose car had run out of gas I noticed that the Hartford Courant had in its “Breaking News” section 4 stories in a row about pedestrians being killed by cars.
And not one story linking them.
If two people get shot in Hartford in a week you can guarantee coverage and follow up coverage, and linking follow up coverage, and follow up linking coverage, and references to the number of people who have died in the city and how many siblings they had and how hard it is for their friends to go on without them…
But four stories in a row about pedestrians getting crushed and dismembered by motor vehicles and there will not be one linking story between them. How many people have died on Route 5 in Enfield after being hit by cars? At least two just this year. But I only know that because I’ve been personally keeping track.
The Hartford and Springfield media markets overlap in more than just geography.
Update: The magic number is 7! Now we know.