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Letters to the Editor

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To the Editor:

On Aug. 31, I let my granddaughter use my car for an after-school activity at Jacobs High School. She was driving in the lane at the Holiday Inn Express adjacent to Jacobs when a car turned across her lane to park, hitting her in the driver’s side headlight, causing more than $4,000 damage to my car.

The Algonquin police were called, but no ticket was issued because this accident happened on private property. This other car’s driver was told if this accident had happened on the street, he would have been issued a ticket for failure to yield right of way.

He continued to try to blame my granddaughter, even calling the police station later that evening to say he was backing in in neutral? What is troubling here is this second driver is a first year teacher at Jacobs. Besides teaching our children their class studies, all teachers should be showing our kids how to be good, honest citizens.

I hope being a first-year teacher, he is on probation and Jacobs has some recourse.

The entire student body as well as the teachers and staff are aware of this accident and what has since transpired. As for me, I’m out a $500 deductible, but at least no one was injured. Cars can be fixed, but finding good teachers is a work in progress.

Terry Bell

Lake in the Hills

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