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A personal loss

February 03, 2009

Re "2 die in head-on collision," Jan. 29

We never think it will happen to someone we know. But on Jan. 28 it did, when a young man with a death wish decided to drive the wrong way on the 10 Freeway and Sgt. Curtis Massey of the Culver City Police Department was killed in a head-on collision.

In 1970, my family moved to Pacific Palisades when the middle class could still afford to live there. The Masseys were our neighbors. I baby-sat Curt and his little brother, Brett.

Curt grew up to be a man any mother would be proud of. He wasn't just a cop -- he served our community in and out of uniform. He was a devoted father, husband and friend.

My whole family feels like it has been kicked in the stomach. I'm sure anyone who knew Curt feels the same.

Curt, I will join you someday, and hopefully we will skateboard down Palmera Avenue again. Rest in peace.

Wally Goodrick

Los Angeles

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