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Hide and seek can be dangerous

Heads up, Worthington. The games of Hide and Seek, Tag, and Cops and Robbers are not the same games we used to play when we were little kids. Running around in the backyard with stick guns shouting bang, bang, I got you, or, I touched you, you're...

Heads up, Worthington. The games of Hide and Seek, Tag, and Cops and Robbers are not the same games we used to play when we were little kids. Running around in the backyard with stick guns shouting bang, bang, I got you, or, I touched you, you're it, is not what it's all about. Not any more. Now, it's teenagers chasing each other, playing Cops and Robbers or Tag, at high rates of speed in cars and trucks. One car chases the other until caught and then it's the other car's turn to chase. Worst of all, they play these games on our streets and through our neighborhoods.

You can call me naive, but I had never heard of these games being played in this "new" way. That is until my family and I fell victim to the games. One night last week, my daughter's car was totaled and my home sustained a considerable amount of damage. A car, playing one of these games, and traveling at a high rate of speed, failed to turn the corner, and plowed into my driveway, pushing our parked car two car lengths up the driveway and into the front of our house. You wouldn't know by looking at the outside of the garage, but upon further inspection, we found that the foundation bricks are moved and broken, and the whole front wall of the garage was moved inward a good foot length.

This took a tremendous force. The driver came within a few feet of hitting a large free that is next to the driveway. The tree would not have given way and provided the cushion that our car did. The passengers would have been critically injured if not killed had they hit the tree.

This letter is being written with only one purpose -- to inform the public. Be aware of these kids and their games. Try to pay attention to the cars that are in your neighborhood. Are they going too fast? Are there several cars that you know don't belong in your neighborhood? How many times have you seen this same car go by your house? Who is in the car? Remember, there are always two cars. One car can't play alone. If you are the least bit suspicious, call 911. This is wrong, and it's scary to think of what else could happen.

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