In your Oct 21, 2010 Packet you wrote about a man who was killed in a fatal wreck on 45 south. His name was (Cary Leverette). There was two things that really bothered me. And have talked to a few people who feel the same way. So I wanted to let you know about it. You told about the wreck. But went onto say the he had a record wit the law enforcement and told his whole rap sheet pretty much. Well sir, I wonder what did his record have to do with the wreck? Or did you just mean to imply he was worthless? Or that it didn’t matter that he was dead because he was a bad person any way? Well you are wrong about that! You were so fast to tell all his wrong doing. So, let me tell you a little bit about that person. He was my life long friend. He had a family – brothers Ricky & Teddy. And he was his momma’s baby boy, and had a wife also. He was loved and he was a good person. He was always funny friendly helpful. I grew up knowing him. And every one or at least most people will tell you he was a touch of sunshine. I never saw him any where at any time he wasn’t smiling. And I always walked away from him with a smile. He was just as much to this world as any man on our law enforcement team. And #2 you wrote that some one called from M&M trailer park on Mike Parra Rd to say he was driving reckless. You said that was hours before the wreck. Well he wrecked a few miles from there. So some one did not do there job! Or he would have never wrecked. He must have been in the area and the law enforcement didn’t stop him? If they would have I wouldn’t be writing you because he would be alive today. And my heart goes out to his family and there loss. If you upset me with that Packet. Then I wonder how his momma and brothers and wife feel. God says don’t judge people. And he had a drinking problem. Lets go down to any of our local whisky stores and see who comes in. Bet you at least some of our law enforcement show there face.
Mr. Leverette’s family and friends have been very vocal since the Article ran last month in the Packet concerning the accident. We ran a letter from his friends without any editorial commentary, as well as multiple visits and calls to my office. I chose to mention Leverett’s arrest record of over 27 arrests, mostly alcohol related, because it was directly related to the incident. He was a career criminal, who died committing a crime (drunk driving). If Mr. Leverette had robbed 30 banks at gunpoint and happened to die robbing the 31st, we would mention his checkered past the same way. Mr. Leverette put thousands of lives at risk in the countless times he made the choice to drink and drive through the streets of Columbus. To try and blame the police for not catching him that night is despicable and disgusting, Ms. Peeks. The person who called from Mike Parra Rd. was truly a friend of Mr. Leverette’s, because he not only tried to stop him in person, but he also attempted to get the police to stop him. The young man who stopped to try and resuscitate him after the wreck was almost killed by him only seconds before. Mr. Leverette was by all accounts a very lovable man, and it is apparent he has a large group of friends, and nobody deserves to die. Plenty of people in town have drinking problems, but a drinking and driving problem only magnifies the situation. Making mistakes such as he did, and losing his life is not fair to you or to his family, and I am sorry for your loss. I was not trying to magnify your pain. Colin Krieger0