One nine-year-old little boy just lost his entire family, both parents, three siblings, and the unborn baby his mother was carrying, no thanks to a horrendously careless driver. A terrible six-car collision left Eden Miranda an orphan and injured several other people in Lodi, California outside Sacramento. He is fighting for his life. And it looks like the whole thing was caused by one speeding, distracted driver.
Police say a man in a brown SUV, possibly holding a cell phone to his ear, blasted through an intersection at 90 to 100 miles an hour. One witness says the man "looked angry, like he was on a mission." In the blink of an eye one man seems to have wreaked havoc for at least a dozen people. You could see the devastation of his impact in the bodies strewn all over the street, the broken glass, the twisted metal.
Police are investigating whether the driver who caused the accident really was talking on his cell phone, or if drugs or alcohol were involved. Even if he wasn't on his phone or impaired, driving at that speed through an intersection was a tremendously dangerous thing to do just on its own. God knows what this man was thinking or doing at the time. I doubt he was thinking about anyone else but himself.
You really do have to be horrifically self-absorbed to drive this recklessly. When you get behind the wheel, it's not just your life, or the life of the passengers in your car, that you have to worry about. It's everyone else on the road and nearby pedestrians. It's infuriating to think that someone cared so little about the people around him. I'm sure he didn't set out to intentionally harm anyone. But when you think only of yourself and your own problems, and then get behind the wheel of your car, the worst can happen.
Something to think about the next time you find yourself behind the wheel, in a hurry, and with some very distracting emotions.
Do you think emotions like anger make you a worse driver?
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