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Driver Dangles From Overpass for an Hour & Gets Lesson He Deserves (VIDEO)

by Julie Ryan Evans on November 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

driver dangles from overpassYesterday, 38-year-old Matthew Alan Hamilton got a lesson more powerful than any video or class could ever teach about drunk driving. It started around 3:40 p.m. in Beaverton, Oregon, when he crashed his pickup truck while driving down the highway.

The truck propelled through a guardrail and was headed nose first onto the ground below when the wheels caught the guardrail and stopped what surely could have been a deadly crash. But there the truck hung with Hamilton inside, dangling precariously from the bridge, as cars whizzed by on the busy road below him.

We can only imagine how terrified this must have been, fearing that any small movement could send him crashing to the pavement below. I imagine him seeing his life flashing before his eyes, and him perhaps praying. Hopefully, more than anything, he was remorseful about the actions that put him there.

Fortunately for him, firefighters were able to rescue him, but that's where anything fortunate about this incident stops because Hamilton was drunk at the time of the crash. According to the Associated Press, he was arrested for DUI, and after being treated in a hospital for what are said to be non-life-threatening injuries, his next stop is jail.

So any sympathy I had for the man when I first saw the terrifying images is quickly replaced with a feeling that he got at least a little bit of what he deserved. That he got what anyone who chooses to get behind the wheel after drinking and driving deserves -- a terrifying taste of death.

I hope in that hour he realized that as close to death as he may have been, he put so many other innocent people at the same risk when he chose to drink and drive. So many people out there whose lives could be changed because he chose to be selfish and reckless and irresponsible. It's infuriating that people do it, and I wish they could all experience what I imagine he experienced in that hour.

Hopefully, it will be enough for him to never do it again. Hopefully the harrowing images will serve as a reminder to others, especially this holiday season, that the drinks are never worth it when you're driving. Ever.

Do stories like this make you rethink how you drink before you drive?

 

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  • purpl...
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    purpleflower514

    November 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    No it doesn't because I never drink and drive.


  • .LoVe...
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    .LoVeMyBuG.

    November 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    My brother was killed by a drunk driver, so I have no sympathy for this guy! Thank God no one was hurt or killed by him,  maybe he will now think twice before driving drunk! 


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    ImaSoulMom

    November 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM
    No he thought only about himself. People who are selfish enough to drink and drive don't give a damn about anyone but themselves.
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    Todd Vrancic

    November 25, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    He learned a lesson only IF he was sober enough to appreciate it.


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    abra819

    November 25, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    My brother was killed by a drunk driver too. He had just turned 18. Honestly, I'm disappointed this guy didn't plunge to his death.


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    HistoryMamaX3

    November 25, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Having driven this road many, many times in my life- I'd say that is THAT downward view into the traffic bellow didn't sober him up real quick- this man is a hopeless cause. :-(

    How absolutely frightening for anyone who had to witness that. And I have NO sympathy for the man driving- he's an idiot.


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    Andrea Yancey

    November 25, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    This happened near my house. The guy had a blood alcohol level of .50 (seriously- i;m not sure how he is alive honestly). And his license is already suspended for DUII charges. I doubt he'll ever learn.


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    tuffymama

    November 25, 2012 at 7:42 PM
    People who drink and drive have no thought or care for themselves or others, so the threat of death is no deterrent. I'd wager money that he learned NOTHING from this. I hope they take his license.
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    Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

    November 25, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Holy shit! I agree with tuffymama again! ^^^^   :)


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    kelli0585

    November 25, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    He didn't die, therefore he won't learn his lesson.  People like that don't learn.  He'll be scared for a little while, but then consider it a fluke.  Or he just won't care.

    I once witnessed a car plummet down from a high overpass.  It looked like slow motion.  That memory will forever be etched into my brain.  No one deserves to see that.  Ever.  


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