An Advocate for “The Monster”

May 26, 2006 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Kathy Riley had good intentions with her letter to the Journal Star editor:

I’m so very sorry for the untimely death of Misty Smith-Luebbert. She must have been a very loving, compassionate person. I’m sure that the recent Journal Star articles written about her life and her death are a source of comfort to her family and friends. I’m also sure that the readers are wondering, “Who is this ‘monster’ that allegedly caused this accident which took her life?”

Well, this “monster” is a full-time student with a full-time job, who is also in the Army National Guard. She spent her entire 18th year in Tikrit, Iraq, with her National Guard unit.

After returning home and trying to put her war experiences behind her, something like this happens. Something that could have happened to any of us — not expecting a car to be stopping completely on South Ninth Street.

This “monster” is also kind and compassionate and also has a family who is grieving. Her name is Haley R. Hilligas, and no one is suffering any more than she over this unfortunate incident.

Misty sounds like she believed in second chances. I hope that the Journal Star will follow her example. There are always two sides to a story.

Emphasis mine. Ms. Riley is correct, there are always two sides to a story. I don’t doubt that Haley Hiligas is a very nice person. But did you see what Ms. Riley did? First she transferred blame to the victim, and then she made the claim that Ms. Hiligas is the real victim because she is suffering the most. Those are two very unwise things to do in this sort of a situation. I expect the backlash letters to start showing up in the LJS within a couple days.

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Cedric May 26, 2006 at 3:15pm

I don’t know about Ms. Hilligas or that particular intersection, but I usually expect cars to be stopped at intersections unless I/we have the right of way-where I assume the cars in front of me will continue moving.

Kelly June 1, 2006 at 11:36am

I don’t care if a car was stopped in the middle of the interstate.  The kid was drunk, and behind the wheel of a car.

A monster?  Perhaps too strong a word.

She committed a crime and in the process
managed to take the life of another person.
That makes her a killer and a criminal.
Argue with *that*.  Unless there is something we don’t know, that person was not forced to imbibe then get behind the wheel of a car.  She made a conscious choice and the result was that she took a life.   

This person was no better than someone swinging a loaded gun around in a crowded street.  She drove while she was intoxicated.  I’m sure ordinarily she IS kind and compassionate.  But don’t make her out to be the victim here, she killed someone.  Believe me, the dead woman, her baby and her family are the victims.

sonny June 16, 2006 at 3:46am

As far as I’m comcerned this girl can ROTT IN HELL. She took my little girls life, she can still have one. And I hope a very very long time in prison. Misty little one will grow up without a mother. So anyone that sticks up for Ms Hilligas eather don’t love there doughter or hasn’t got one. The others can just keep there comments to there self. This is really nothing short of murder, she was old enought to know better !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Face up to your crime

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