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Opening Arguments

The last ride

Honest, I wasn't going to post about this. But I just can't get the image out of my head:

Covered with a carpet, a 750-pound woman who died Tuesday was taken from her home on a flatbed wrecker, outraging her loved ones and leading the Marion County coroner to concede that his office could have handled the situation better.

Teresa Smith's boyfriend remains distraught over her death and the incident.

"You know how you hoist a car on a flatbed with a chain? That's how they took her up there," David Johnson said Thursday. He had taken care of Smith for the past four years.

Yeah, OK, the coroner's office didn't handle this in the most sensitive of ways, but dignity is sort of lost on the dead, you know? And somebody whose weight has gone up so much she can't get out of bed has pretty much given up on what other people think. I must say that I'm very impressed with David Johnson, who remained her boyfriend and took care of her. I've been in relationships where it's mostly about the other person, so I can say with some authority that this guy's a saint.

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