A tragedy is a tragedy. I report tragedy everyday. It's a part of the job. There have been very few days on the job where a tragic news event has literally changed my physical mood. Wednesday, October 1 was one of those days. A mother and her 4 year old daughter on a beautiful day in Wichita, going to preschool at Gardner Elementary. They pull up to the school and park along the street. I'm sure the little girl was so excited to go to school. At that age, they can't wait to learn new things. They are so curious and happy.
As the mother is getting her little girl out of the car, a speeding SUV wipes them out. In a split second, two innocent lives are taken at the hands of a reckless driver. A driver who, for whatever reason, showed a total disregard for human life.
I came to work Wednesday feeling pretty good. As the story unfolded, I started to unfold, too. I felt sick. I called some of the people close to me. I called my son.
As the 4 o'clock newscast approached, I just couldn't seem to get it together. The show went on, and we reported the news. Throughout the show, I couldn't stop thinking about the woman and her little girl. It's not like this on most days, but Wednesday wasn't most days. It was a tragic day I won't soon forget.
After reading the comments posted by viewers on kake.com, this story is leaving many of you shocked, upset, and very sad.