It's always awful to hear about someone suffering a life-threatening injury, but there's something particularly tragic about Sean Kingston's recent jet ski accident in Miami. I think it's the idea that in one minute, he and his passenger were having a fantastic carefree time on the water, and in the next, everything had changed.
In a split second, Kingston went from someone presumably enjoying the hell out of his hip-hop stardom to a guy in a hospital bed hooked up to a ventilator. All because at the last second, he couldn't turn fast enough—and collided, horrifyingly, with a bridge. He's currently in critical condition, sedated but fully conscious, with a tube inserted in his throat.
How did the accident happen? Sounds like Kingston was doing what most people do on jet skis: driving too fast.
His passenger at the time, Cassandra Sanchez, says Kingston was traveling at a high speed as soon as they got started:
Both jet skis pulled out of the dock at the same time and we were going so fast we just blasted past them. When we turned a corner and crashed ... they were so far behind us they didn't even see us crash.
She also claims that as Kingston was angling toward the bridge, she screamed at him to stop: "We can't fit under there! Are we going to try and go under there? Sean, stop!" Who knows if he even could hear her, if they were hauling that much ass across the water. What a nightmare, to see the bridge coming up in front of you and know you're going to hit.
With summer coming up, Kingston's accident is a sobering reminder that it's important to take safety very seriously when you're enjoying yourself on the water. Especially with jet skis -- statistics show that accidents involving these vehicles are more likely to be serious or fatal.
The whole thing reminds me of a friend of mine who was driving a jet ski on Hood River and didn't see the kid being towed behind a nearby boat. They crossed paths, a horrible collision occurred, and again, it all happened in the blink of an eye. One wrong move, and lives were forever changed.
Be careful out there, folks.
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