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Out of mind

Dangerous driving

By Paul Broks   September 2002

It was her seventh birthday, Ellie’s father is telling me; a clear morning in April. They had stopped to chat to one of the neighbours. Ellie was losing patience. She had her new bicycle to ride. He can see it now, blue and silver chrome, dazzling in the sunlight. And then, “She was lying in the middle of the road, dead still. It was like the world had stopped, except for me. When I got close, the rest caught up; the screech of tyres, the bicycle scraping across the road. Someone said, ‘Oh my good Lord.'”

His mind held a…

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