Community Responds to Lewis Road Death

Pamela Wheeler, of Royersford, posted a blog in response to the death of Merinda Thompson, who was hit by a car while jogging on Monday.


Royersford Resident Pamela Wheeler posted "" on the Limerick-Royersford-Spring City Patch after the death of jogger Merinda Thompson on Monday afternoon.

Thompson died after a Ford Focus driven by a 17-year-old male struck her as she was jogging on Lewis Road.  The driver refused to make a statement at the crash scene or provide police with his cell phone, and District Attorney Risa Ferman announced Tuesday that a formal investigation into Thompson's death has begun.

Wheeler responded to the community reaction to the death, and the resulting investigation.

"What struck me the most is the lynch mob mentality on both sides which ensued," said Wheeler. "The wounds are raw and the blame game starts.  Sides are drawn and justice is demanded.  It’s just a vicious cycle seen so many times in tragic accidents.

"One thing is certain, there is a beautiful life taken from us.  I didn't know Merinda Thompson, but I'm sure she was an amazing person.  We should grieve and take steps to make sure this does not happen again.  How do we do this and unite the community rather than divide it?"

The blog post has already received a variety of comments from the community, including Kathy Bender.

“I wonder if you all would or could feel the same if it had been YOUR wife, mother, daughter, sister that was mowed down by someone obviously not paying attention to the road?” Bender said.  “I, unfortunately have first hand experience with this as our daughter was hit and killed in April of 2011 on Township Line Rd. near the Y on a clear afternoon while walking home from work. This too happened because someone was not paying attention. People, WAKE UP and pay attention!”

A Spring-Ford Student also weighed in.

“I feel like a lot of the people who are commenting on and following this story don't realize the fact that the accident happened in front of two busloads of Spring-Ford students (one of which I was in) and a few of us (again, myself included) saw a woman being killed yesterday,” Troy said. “Most of us saw a woman lying dead and a strong classmate having a breakdown on the side of the road. That's something we'll never really be able to get over.

For the post, visit the Limerick-Royersford-Spring City Patch.

p bresn March 07, 2013 at 01:09 AM
wheeler ....a mother of two was killed by a teenager who was not driving responsibly...forget the "lets unite and lynch mob rhetoric"...the fact is a young mother was killed and people are grieving....................and her babies will grieve the rest of their lives.........
Coming to get you March 07, 2013 at 06:10 PM
If the strong classmate having the breakdown on the side of the road the student is referring to was the gutless criminal that killed the woman, good. He deserves much more than his little self pity party. He was clearly texting while driving. Why else would the little punk refuse to give up his phone? Try this gutless punk as an adult!
Bonnie Pappas March 07, 2013 at 10:20 PM
It is such a sad and tragic event that has just happened. And, I can't even count how many times I have seen people texting while driving. This young man did a horrible thing, but I am certain it was not his intent to kill someone that day. There are so many of us who drive - while eating, drinking coffee, changing a radio station, etc. - so many worthless distractions. However, we need this to be a wake-up call to all of us who are guilty of doing any of these things - when we are driving we need to focus on that one thing. There is so much talk about gun control - I think we should be a lot more focused on controlled DRIVING. This young man and his family will live with the guilt that will haunt them FOREVER. Two young children will grow up without a Mother to love, guide and encourage them. I pray for all involved.


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