15 April 2009

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.

4 comments:

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Stories like this scare the bejesus out of me. So tragic.

eve's lungs said...

Scary . I saw a case like this in hospital last year when AG was there . 4 kids - two dead , one maimed for life , the other serious .

Jane Turley said...

Unfortunately, we have lots of accidents like that over here too. Who can say the reason? So many possibilities... but I do feel the lack of experience and feeling of invincibility is common amongst young drivers - particularly young men - I see them every day driving too fast in old unsafe cars.

Such a tragedy.

Dotm said...

Sorry it has taken me so long to read this post. Such a sad thing for everyone to handle. My heart goes out to all the family. One thing that I can never understand is why they make cars that can travel so fast when it is against the law to drive that fast. I think speed causes a lot of the accidents where I live. Sometimes a kid takes his or her eyes off the road for just a few seconds to see what someone else in the car is doing or saying and they do not realize all that can happen in just that few seconds. So very very sad when something like this happens
((Hugs)).