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Hyde Park hit-run case keeps her up at night

Melissa Linda Karson of Tampa describes how troubled she is by the Hyde Park hit-run case in a letter on

"Maybe someone can help me sleep tonight," Karson writes. "Melissa Sjostrom, Melissa Sjostrom, Melissa Sjostrom. I just can't get her out of my thoughts."

Sjostrom, a homeless woman living in South Tampa, was killed in a hit-and-run crash three months ago. Police say they know whose vehicle struck Sjostrom, but they can’t prove who was driving. A traffic ticket for careless driving issued to 17-year-old Jordan Valdez of Tampa was thrown out due to a lack of evidence.

Was Sjostrom's life not worthy enough to care about, she asks.

"How do we walk past our fellow humans, not look them in the eye, and pretend they don't exist?" Karson writes. "How can we maim someone and leave them to die?"

Karson concludes by asking everyone to get involved, to do what is right for Sjostrom.

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:53pm]


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