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Published 11:50am Friday, February 7, 2014

When any accident claims a life, it is a tragedy that deeply affects a community.

But when that accident claims a young life, the sense of shock and loss is even more severe.

At 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, 18-year-old Heather Brooke Johnson of Equality died when her car collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 22 just west of Alexander City. Responders at the accident scene closed the highway for a significant part of the morning.

The Outlook covered the accident just like it does whenever there is an accidental death in our area, with words and photos, as we have countless times since 1892.

Several members of the Johnson family called us and said that seeing two photos of the accident scene on the front page made a terrible situation even worse for their family. We deeply regret that the family feels this way and apologize for causing more distress. That was not our intention.

But we also feel it is important that this newspaper fulfill its pledge to report the news of our community honestly, fairly and with integrity, to inform the public about the events that affect all of our lives. Although we wish it were not so, sometimes that news is tragic, as it was Tuesday.

Johnson’s life ended suddenly, much too soon.

Our prayers for comfort and peace go out to her husband, her family and all who were touched by her life.