Dear Editor:

I think it is fair to say that everyone has made mistakes in their past and will undoubtedly make more in the future. One of the beautiful things about being a human is that we can learn from our mistakes and move forward. I fully acknowledge the fact that Keagan Smith made a mistake that many of us have probably absentmindedly made ourselves. In the past, Keagan has driven down Highway 84, the road to his parents’ home and his own former residence innumerable times in various kinds of weather without incident. The fact of the matter is that sometimes things happen and there is simply no reason, nor rhyme to it. What is important is that Keagan is alive to see many more days with his wife, Cheyanne, and their son, Kai.

Another beautiful aspect of being human is the capacity we have to feel compassion for those who are hurting. When I was in the first grade, I learned something called the Golden Rule. This ethical code expresses the idea that one should treat others the way he or she would want to be treated. Perhaps Keagan made a mistake, but that does not mean we have to rub salt in the wound. He has overcome many obstacles, with many more still ahead of him and he is beyond lucky to have a loving and dedicated family by his side every step of the way. Although I could cite numerous statistics in regard to car accidents involving seatbelts, or the increase of insurance rates, I find another statistic slightly more important. Clinically speaking, Keagan should not have survived his accident. He is truly a miracle and perhaps that is the most important part of this story.

Misha Garcia

Grand Junction

This story was posted on December 19, 2013.