A 38-year-old Florida dad has been charged with manslaughter in the death of his 6-year-old daughter -- and the way it happened will just make you shake your head and pray for humanity. David Courson was in his truck on his property, only he wasn't driving the truck. For some bizarre reason, a 13-year-old girl was. The girl put the truck in gear and instead of moving the truck forwards, she mistakenly flung into reverse -- and ran over the man's 6-year-old daughter, Rebecca. The truck killed her. As if that isn't tragic and horrible enough, here comes the real head slapper: Both the man and the 13-year-old driver were allegedly drunk.
Courson and the teenage girl were reportedly not related. Why she was driving the truck was anyone's guess, but if he were giving her driving lessons, doing it drunk was the dumbest thing imaginable.
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One cop summed up why an allegedly inebriated teen might have been driving the car, saying:
No good reason, other than lack of responsibility of the one adult that was there at the house.
Sounds about right.
The 13-year-old could be charged with DUI manslaughter charges too, pending a blood test. I'm sorry, but at 13 years old, you aren't thinking clearly. You still rely on the adults around you to guide and influence your decisions. A teen girl is susceptible to being plied with alcohol by an adult and allowed the thrill of driving.
It's up to the adult to know that is a boneheaded idea, not the girl. And up to the adult to make sure that there aren't any children in the area of the truck.
Reportedly, Courson's other daughter, a 12-year-old, also reeked of booze. Courson is reportedly unemployed and his wife was at work while this tragic scenario went down. Can you imagine coming home to find one daughter dead, and one allegedly drunk, and some other teen driving the truck that killed your baby?
Rebecca's 8-year-old brother was also apparently in the truck -- no word on whether he too had been imbibing.
The father must be devastated about what happened, but there are consequences to being so incredibly irresponsible. And now he's going to face them.
Do you think the teen driver should be charged?
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