The mother of Takara Davis, 13, was in shock as she rushed with Takara to surgery after she was hit by a car on her way back from school. Takara was in a coma and doctors were rushing to save her life when a Las Vegas police officer pulled Kellie Obong aside . . . to hand her a ticket for her daughter’s jaywalking.
Takara was trying to cross the street to catch up with friends when she was struck. While she was being prepared for surgery to stop internal bleeding, the officer felt it was an appropriate time to inform the mother that Takara was jaywalking and would have to appear in court on March 6th. Takara had been placed in a medically induced coma to save her life when the officer gave her mother the summons.
Apparently being put in a coma and nearly dying is not enough punishment for jaywalking for this officer. Even if he or she felt compelled to issue a citation, I cannot imagine how such compulsion would carry over to a hospital bed and a distraught mother. There may be good reason to establish responsibility for liability purposes for the driver, but that can be done without a ticket, or (if a ticket is deemed necessary) a personal service at the hospital bed.