It's not the kind of assignment one relishes. Not in the least.
My assignment for 1010 WINS was to go to the house of the mother of a 22-year-old man who was struck by a car that sped away, leaving him in the middle of the road in Manhattan to die.
When I got there, a friend of the family came out to say that the mother was too distraught to talk. I suggested that it might be helpful to discuss what happened. Maybe it would pressure the driver to turn himself in. Or someone who knows to call the cops.
But the answer was no. Understandably, I began to pack up my gear. When, suddenly, the mother, Linda, came out to talk about her son, Andrew. The youngest to be hired on a big job - building a hotel from the bottom up. An avid skier. A well-liked guy.
Mrs. Quinn pleading with the driver, or someone who knows the driver, to come forward.
This was the second such story like this in a week. Just six days earlier, an Orthodox Jewish couple en route to the hospital because she was in labor were killed when a car slammed into the livery cab they were riding in. An emergency C-section was performed to try to save the baby boy. But he did not survive.
Later in the week, the driver of that car, who ran from the scene, turned himself in. We know he was aware of the intense media coverage because he'd called some of the reporters before he surrendered.
It's always tough covering this kind of story. Not just because of how it emotionally affects a reporter. But because you're necessarily intrusive when you try to interject yourself into someone else's tragedy. But in the case of the Jewish family, it helped. Hopefully, it will in this case too.
Click here to hear my story on 1010 WINS.