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December 06, 2005

Life imitates Monte Python (or would that be Death imitates...?)

From the Associated Press..

Charles Atherton, a former secretary of the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts that advises the government on architecture and design in official Washington, was hit Thursday while crossing busy Connecticut Avenue. He died Saturday night at George Washington University Hospital.

Although witnesses said he was badly injured and unresponsive at the scene, police issued him [a $5] ticket [for jaywalking]. His family found it with his belongings when they went to the hospital.

"We knew it was a serious injury, but we didn't know it was life-threatening," police Capt. Willie Smith told The Washington Post in a story for Tuesday editions. He said officers would not have issued the ticket "if we knew he was going to die."

Police said they determined Atherton was at fault when he was hit by a car driven by a 31-year-old woman.

No, I'm not thinking of any particular Monte Python sketch, but it just sounds like something they'd do.

Pretty blonde to police officer: "I'm sorry officer, I was putting on make-up and didn't see him."

Officer smiling at pretty blonde and leaning into car: "Quite alright, I'm sure it was the old man's fault anyway. Since he's not conscious we'll just have to assume he's to blame. You can go, just as soon as I get your phone number."

Posted by Danny Carlton at December 6, 2005 05:42 AM

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