23 April 2008

Hide the Keys

By now you've read about the 6-year-old boy tragically killed when the ATV he was riding was hit by a car on Skillmans Lane in Franklin Township. Presumably the boy was riding without his parents' permission, although the case is still under investigation.

It's hard to believe that this terrible accident could not have been prevented. Sadly, stories like this one are nothing new. The brief news report below appeared in The New York Times on December 16, 1945.

Jersey Boy Killed by Train

SOMERVILLE, N.J., Dec. 15 - Rudolph J. Miskinski, 15 years old, was killed this afternoon when the truck he was driving was struck by a westbound passenger train of the Lehigh Valley Railroad at a grade crossing in South Somerville [Hillsborough]. State police said the youth had taken the vehicle from the yard of his home here without his father's permission. The train was delayed thirty minutes by the accident.


  1. Hi Greg!
    Please accept my most heart-felt apologies.

    You are now a card-carrying member of my "Where To Go" links.

    I didn't realize you're a contributor to the Courier. Very nice!

  2. Angela, I thought you had chosen the pseudonomic "Hillsborough Journal" over my blog. In fact, you used to have mine up there in your links - that's how I found you in the first place - then you took it down, and then you put up his. I didn't realize that you had us confused until I read a comment over there that was seemingly directed to me! All of the Hillsborough Bloggers are worthwhile reading - I check Bright Tomorrow and Hillsborough Journal all the time!

    I have been blogging for the Courier News since June. They have a link for the blog off of their home page, and they put an excerpt from the blog on the editorial page of the newspaper once or twice a week. This is just one of the many non-paying jobs that I have!