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‘It wasn’t a game’


It was a scary incident that still has Naomi Burden shaking.

 

Naomi Burden still can’t believe how close she came to running over three youth who were laying on a residential street in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and is warning other motorists to be aware of their surroundings at all times of the day and night.

The Happy Valley-Goose Bay woman — who was in town visiting family recently — was driving along a residential street in the early morning hours of Monday, June 22, when she came upon a strange sight.

“I had turned on to Deharving from Roberts,” recalled Burden.

“I could see something moving from a distance on the one of the darkest parts of the road.”

Burden said she was driving along at approximately 30 kilometres/hour and as she approached the intersection of Deharving and Gear Street, she turned on her high beams.

“I had them on for about 15 seconds,” she said.

“It was black lumps on the road….I got a really eerie feeling because this is like, 2 o’clock in the morning.”

Burden was at a complete stop by this point and that’s when one of the “lumps” sat up.

“It was one guy and two girls — about 15-16 years old — dressed in black from head to toe, laying in the middle of the road,” said Burden, who was still shaking from the incident later that day.

“The audacity to just be laying there when there is traffic moving…”

Burden said she got out of her vehicle and spoke the three youth.

“I told them I got four kids at home; if I had run you over, I’d be in jail. For them to just disregard their lives like that…”

Burden said the thing that struck her as odd was how the teenagers looked.

“They just kind of mumbled at me, they didn’t really respond to anything I said to them. But they looked so mopey, sad and depressed. It wasn’t a game to them.”

Burden called the RCMP shortly after the incident to report what had happened, but by that time, the three teens had taken off.

“If I wasn’t aware of my surroundings that morning…if someone had been drunk or driving faster or sleep deprived and had come along, those kids would have been killed,” said Burden. “I don’t know what they think they were proving.”

Burden said she was so shaken by the incident, it took her a long time to get to sleep once she arrived home.

“Can you imagine if I just passed it off as garbage bags in the road? Their parents would have blamed me.”

 

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