5 verified facts in 13 grafs

Just for funsies, below is a written piece that’s on WABC-TV‘s website this morning about an 8-year-old boy who was killed when a tractor-trailer went through the intersection he was walking in. Or is it? The story has a two-paragraph hard-news top, but then quickly moves into the emotional stuff that plays better on TV.

There’s no judgment here and it looks like the story is pretty much a rewrite of the script — not an uncommon practice — but I counted and there are five verifiable facts in 13 paragraphs.

It’s pretty interesting. The printed piece is a good demonstration on how a) TV is pressed for time and makes content choices;  and b) how low a “standard of proof” is (check out the last statement in the story, which has a statement but no facts to support it.

Verifiable facts in bold:

The driver of the tractor trailer that struck and killed an 8-year-old boy while he was walking to school, has been charged for driving without a license.

The truck driver was arraigned late Friday night. His bail was set at $2,000. His attorney had no comment.

But the focus of course was on this third grader, Noshat Nahian.

The community set up a memorial remembering a life cut to short. And now, a spokesperson for the family says the boy’s father is recovering from a heart attack because of his grief.

Earlier Friday, Noshat’s father had cried remembering his little boy.

He said that all he had was one son.

The boy was hit and killed crossing busy Northern Boulevard at 61st Street with his 11-year-old sister Friday morning on their way to school.

The family was new to the country, moving here a little over two months ago.

51-year-old Mauricio Osorio-Palominos, the driver of the truck that hit the third grader, is charged with driving without a valid license.

He worked for Road Techs out of New Jersey.

Students and parents outside PS 152, Nahian’s school, called into question why there wasn’t a crossing guard assigned to this busy intersection.

“That’s the wrong thing. They have a crossing guard on one side. Why not on this side? Kids only cross street there. They should have everywhere,” a parent said.

School administrations are working with police to figure out if that needs to change.