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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 09:30 PM

Comment questioned

Regarding "Autopsy: Teen took LSD before Bayshore crash" (front page, July 18):

I found a comment that Julia Pearson, chief forensic toxicologist for the medical examiner's office of Hillsborough County, made to be highly inappropriate. This was regarding the recent fatal crash of Michael Agana on Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard.

After seeing there was evidence that Agana had LSD in his system at the time of the crash, Pearson stated, "He probably thought he could fly." First of all, no one, not even Pearson, would know the exact circumstances that occurred in this case. For all anyone knows, Agana could have had the drug slipped into a drink without his knowledge. As the article states, it would be very rare for someone who took LSD to even want to drive a car. To just come to the conclusion that he felt he could fly seems very unseemly, in my opinion.

Employees at the medical examiner's office should simply state the facts as they know them and leave the theories or their personal feelings out of the picture. This was a comment I'm certain the grieving Agana family did not need to see splashed on the front page of the Tribune.

My thoughts go out to them after such a profound tragedy.

James B. Scully

Tampa

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