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Two DUI deaths you won’t see in the stats

Post by Brian O'Neill on Sep. 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm with 5 Comments »
September 14, 2010 10:11 pm

This story will one day be just another lost DUI fatality statistic.

The News Tribune report, which involved a cyclist hit by a suspected drunk driver, was a sidebar notice of a horrifically regular occurrence. These snippets, which often mask a heavy load of grief and despair, are wrapped in civilized language and presented on newsprint. This arm’s length delivery shields the reader from the aching loss of victim’s families, the ripple effect on a community, or the driver’s numbing realization that he or she has killed another human being.

But this story gets worse.

In this case, the young male driver of the vehicle got out of his car and realized he had just killed another young man. But imagine the crippling discovery he made when he realized the lifeless body was that of his best friend. The two had been drinking at the same party, but obviously made completely different decisions on the safest and wisest method of getting home. The irony seems pointless.

One can only imagine the despair that must have suddenly gripped the driver, who must have felt as if his soul were wrenched from his body. But what followed the most horrid and cursed realization of this man’s life was a tragic and fatal decision. He grabbed his gun and ended his life on the spot.

That stat will not be added to this year’s total of DUI deaths. It should be.

Could there be any more poignant lesson on the deadly implications of drinking and driving? If there is a story somehow more tragic, to be honest I don’t want to hear it.

My take
Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    The driver did the honorable thing…God Bless both of them.

  2. scouts0311 says:

    do you really understand the drunk driver.

  3. scouts0311 says:

    you sit in this chair and say i have never been drunk, i am sure you had a beer or two, that makes you drunk in these days, as soon as you consume alchol you are drunk, where its the legal limit or not, alchol has an effect on all people, oh, your going to say but i did not drink and drive, but i am sure you have thought of it, so don’t be high and mighty and judge others, its not your place to judge.

  4. BlaineCGarver says:

    @Scouts0311 — So, you’re a heavy drinker? I hope you’re lucky. I drank and drove back in the day. It’s a wonder I never had an accident.

  5. WarmNfuzziOne says:

    The driver did the right thing. He held himself accountable. He was a man.

    Too bad they’re not all held accountable. The culpable act is when someone starts drinking and doesn’t make sure there’s a way home. That’s a choice!

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