Use of picture not justified under any circumstances |

Use of picture not justified under any circumstances

Holly Headrick, Telluride (formerly of Breckenridge)

Would the Summit Daily News have ever printed front page pictures from the horrible wrecks that took the lives of Summit County locals?

No, never. The reason is because of respect for their families and friends who certainly would have seen them.

So why was the horribly graphic picture of Nina Huskova allowed to be printed July 25?

The Summit Daily attempted to justify its action with the statement of “close to home, people have a greater sensitivity.”

That is human nature and could not be truer. Since she was not a Summit County local and was instead a Steamboat Springs resident from the Slovak Republic, and since the chance of her family and friends seeing the picture was minimal, the Daily assumed its disrespect was justified.

To say that the picture may traumatize people into wearing seatbelts, to slow down on Highway 9 and to drive more carefully was a poor excuse to exploit this young woman. The Daily stated she was covered, but anyone who saw the picture could easily see her lifeless hand spilling from under the sheet.

The same picture of the scene after her body had been removed would have served the purpose the Daily says it was trying to serve on a more humane, sensitive level.

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