i hope it is not a single piece and there will be a follow up with news of justice. there is a bizarre comment on the perpetrator's possible excuses for the not facing his/her crime -- a sentiment that is very much in the same (tasteless) vein of condescension that prompted the article. there is no personal shame in poverty but that is no reason or relation for justice being non-applicable and/or minimized responsibility because of lack of deep pockets. the fucked up things that people will say in hope of seeming generous... or just trolling... then again maybe just banal.
If they dont have a ghost bike program down there...it might be nice to arrange that. i would take a weekend to deliver it.
I sent the author a simple "thank you" and he responded thusly:
We've now had six bicyclist deaths in the Tampa Bay area, including Mr. Smith's, in the last couple of months. Hope it helps, and thanks for writing.
Gives a hair more perspective on where he's coming from.