A man was jogging in the street in the 800 block of Venetian Way at dusk on the evening of Sept. 17.

To the Editor:

A man was jogging in the street in the 800 block of Venetian Way at dusk on the evening of Sept. 17.

He was wearing a gray shirt and dark shorts as he jogged in the street. I was the driver of the silver sedan that almost hit him. He yelled at me as I passed him by, and so I backed up to have a few words with him. I tried to tell him that what he was doing was illegal and dangerous. I didn't see him until the last second. He told me to stop embarrassing myself, I assume because my 11-year-old son was in the car.

I tried to tell him that I used to teach driver's education and that I knew the law. He retorted that if I had hit him, I would be liable.

If I had hit him, it would have been a senseless tragedy that could have been avoided if he were familiar with Ohio Revised Code, Section 4511.50, which states, "Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is practicable, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway."

All of the sidewalks in our subdivision are in good repair. The law goes on to state that except in cases involving a crosswalk or intersection, "any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles ... upon the roadway." I hope the jogger recognizes himself in this letter and changes his behavior. It just might save his life.

David Marques
Gahanna