4 cousins between the ages of 12 to 22 head out in a car to watch a late movie in a theatre not that far from their home. Soon after , nobody is exactly sure how, the car ends up on the wrong side of the road and smashes into a concrete garbage bin at the edge of the road and 2 young lives are snuffed out, that of the young 19 year-old driver of the car and his cousin, a young woman of 22, sitting in the back of the car behind the driver's seat. The young woman was a student of mine in her pre-school days. The 4 youngsters were the children of a brother and a sister.
It is an awful tragedy. What happens; is it that young drivers are reckless? It was not even that late in the evening--just around 8.30 p.m. Whatever maybe the cause, the consequences have been devastating. I pray for those two families.
Every day in our newspapers there is a report of somebody dying in a road accident. Is it that my fellow citizens are bad drivers who do not follow rules? Is it that our roads--built mostly in the last century--cannot cope with the surge in vehicular traffic? Is it that our training methods for drivers have not been updated to deal with the lighter, faster cars of today? Do not the laws governing the road have enough teeth? All we see are the consequences and the consequences are always tragic and always seems senseless.