Friday, August 14, 2015

Good news, bad news, and a handful of roses and razzies to distribute

We’ve probably mentioned a time or two here how the “Roses and Razzberries beat” is the purview of our “Land Line Now” radio colleague Terry Scruton. Not to step on Terry’s toes, but there are a couple of stories that have made the rounds this week that we feel are worthy of both.

First, the razzberry.

On Monday, a woman involved in a multi-vehicle fatality crash in Las Vegas sent police on a wild goose chase looking for a trucker who she claimed started it all.

The woman in question, 39-year-old Angela Bashay, initially gave a tearful interview to a Las Vegas news station in which she apparently was less than truthful about what happened, blaming the driver of “a very large white truck” for hitting her vehicle and causing a chain reaction crash that killed another woman.

Turns out, her recollection of events didn’t match the surveillance footage that officers investigating the scene found. In fact, the trucker wasn’t involved in the five-vehicle crash at all.

“I just hope that he would come forward and for the family of the others involved, just… take responsibility for it,” Bashay said in her initial interview.

The police investigation is still pending, but if it results in criminal charges filed against Bashay, maybe she’ll be willing to follow her own advice about accepting responsibility.

Now, the rose.

A 911 dispatcher in Ohio is being credited with saving the life of a Canadian trucker who apparently had a stroke at a Petro Truck Stop in Weathersfield.

The dispatcher, Tami Hazlett, stayed on the line for nearly 10 minutes, helping to locate the driver who, due to the stroke, couldn’t communicate his location.

A local TV station, WKBN 27 First News, did a story that featured some of the audio from the 911 call. It sounds pretty harrowing at times. Hazlett instructed the driver to answer a series of “yes” and “no” questions to help suss out his location. The driver was eventually located and taken to an area hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

For her part, Hazlett told the TV station she was just “doing her job.” It must be a pretty good day at the office when you get to save another person’s life.