The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
The Philadelphia Inquirer has published a story confirming that Andre Steed, a paralegal employed for more than a decade by Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow in Center City, died on Saturday after allegedly being struck by a cyclist, while walking not far from his office.
Steed’s employer “has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who struck Steed, said attorney Sal Guerriero.” The law firm also took the initiative to investigate the cause of Steed’s injuries, and located witnesses who then provided further information to the police about the incident.
Initially, police reported the incident as a transport to the hospital. They later learned that several people in the area heard a loud noise, then saw two men on the ground, one of whom had been riding a bicycle and apparently crashed into Steed. The cyclist then fled the scene, witnesses said.
Andre Steed’s family, friends and co-workers have my deepest sympathy for their terrible loss, but what they really need now is the still unknown cyclist to come forward and tell them what happened.
UPDATE: In a new article published on October 27, 2009 by the Philadelphia Business Journal, Steed’s employer discusses his long career at the same law firm, starting in the mail room, and how much he meant to his co-workers:
“Andre was such a fine young man,” Stein said. “We have had so many people from around town drop by the office to say they knew him and tell us how tragic his loss was. He was as decent, sweet and caring of an individual as you will ever meet. And he just had a spark about him. Everyone loved him.”
Stein said the walls of Steed’s office were covered with inspirational messages, poetry that he regularly wrote and pictures of heroes such as Arthur Ashe and Thurgood Marshall.