December 21 has always been special to me as that is the birth date of my daddy, Henry William Rollins Sr.
The Dec. 21, 1939 headline on the front page of the Times read, "May one unavoidable tragedy help us avoid more tragedies." A week before this article was printed, 7-year-old Eugene Blackburn was hit and killed after darting out in front of an oncoming car on King Street.
Normally, this time of the year would have been a joyous and happy time for the A.B. Blackburn family. But this tragedy left them without their youngest son, who had just celebrated his birthday Oct. 3, 1939.
This tragedy shocked the Quincy community and led to a long-range safety campaign in the hopes that a similar tragedy would never occur.
Unfortunately, the front page of the Dec. 6, 2007 edition told of another 7-year-old, struck and killed while playing with a younger sister in their grandmother's yard.
Shanesia Cox's life was cut short by a driver under the influence of alcohol.
The purpose of this letter is to remind motorists to be especially vigilant during this special time of the year. Let's not turn this joyous season into another tragedy.
Daddy died in 2000, one day short of his 93rd birthday. But two 7-year-old children hardly got a start into life.
Henry Rollins Jr.