As a result, another person lost their life as a result of government non response...........
The body of a man knocked off the Brent Spence Bridge in an early-morning car crash Friday has been recovered.
River crews pulled the body out of the Ohio River just after 4 a.m. Saturday. He was identified as Abdoulaye Yattara, 42. He is originally from Africa, said Covington police Capt. Teal Nally. A records search revealed that Yattara, who police said was married, most recently lived in Westwood
Yattara’s car – a silver Chevrolet Camaro – ran out of gas in the southbound lanes of the Brent Spence Bridge around 6:50 a.m. Friday. He got out of his car to talk to another motorist, Jerry Hargett, a 49-year-old father of five from Delhi Township.“He tried pushing it for about five feet,” Hargett said. “His flashers weren’t on. I figured I would stop to see if I could help.”
Hargett, a facilities director for the Sisters of Notre Dame in Covington, was on his way to work. He has been labeled the “Good Samaritan Driver.”Hargett shuns that label.
“I did not do anything special,” he said. “I did what anyone else should do in that situation. I’ve stopped to help people many times. I’ve driven on, too. Don’t know what made me stop this time.”
When Hargett pulled over to help Yattara, he immediately put on his emergency flashing lights. As he spoke with Yattara, a Toyota Sienna crashed into the good Samaritan’s vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe. The impact knocked Yattara off the bridge and into the Ohio River.
Of course, on a fully functional bridge this tragedy could have been averted because there would be a place to pull your automobile over.
Unfortunately, those lanes were converted to regular traffic years ago to support the increased traffic load.
So while Mayor Mark Mallory has been spending all his political capital getting funding for a trolley system that won't have 160,000 passengers in its lifetime he could have been lobbying for a replacement to this nightmare across the Ohio.
The Enquirer actually has a nice chronology of the deaths related to the functional obsolescence of this bridge. While not as dramatic as the Minnesota collapse, trust me when I say there will be more than 13 deaths on this bridge before a bunch of bureaucrats decide to actually do something about a "shovel ready " problem.
Unfortunately for Mr Yattara his death will probably be in vain.