I was one of more than 10,000 runners who participated in the 10th annual Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10-K. It was my fifth consecutive year. I work Sunday mornings (as a minister), so I did not stay for the awards. However, I did walk across the fatal grille scant seconds before the terrible accident that morning.
As soon as I put my foot on the grille I realized it was a mistake. The grille was not designed to support my weight. I took the long way around as I left the area, avoiding the grille entirely.
Several hours later I heard about the accident and felt badly. What angered me, however, was assertions by officials that the area should have been roped off. This is probably true, but it misses an important point. (One man died and eight other persons were injured Jan. 31 when the steel ventilation grating on the Pier Plaza Parking Garage collapsed and they plunged 25 feet to a concrete floor.)
Someone is going to get sued. We can safely assume this in our litigious society. The question must be asked: Whatever happened to personal responsibility?