The paper's got it all backwards with the passive voice. The basic template is obsolete, misleading, and minimizes the asymmetry in vulnerability - person "hit by car" and "driver is cooperating."
A man died Friday after being hit by a car near Keizer Town Square....
The pedestrian was taken to Salem Hospital where he died. Police have not identified the victim or the male driver. The accident remains under investigation.
The driver "stopped immediately, remained on scene and he is cooperating with investigators," police said in a press release.
|Columbia Journalism Review|
From the paper, which does better with the subject-verb matter in this update:
A 55-year-old Salem man was the victim in the fatal pedestrian crash Friday near the Keizer Towne Square.This post will be updated.
Around 1 p.m. Chester Clark, 79, of Keizer was driving a 2009 Ford F-150 pickup when he hit pedestrian Daniel Tibbot, of Salem, on River Road N near the business complex.
|We say "troubling"|
but really, how troubled are we?
- Olivia Stroup
- Jaren Nash
- Alex Armes
- Anthony Earnest
- Baxter Harrell
- Unknown (just outside Salem)
- Bradley Goad (in Silverton)