(Yes, texting and driving DOES make you an idiot driver)
As you have all likely read already, I was in a pretty nasty accident yesterday morning.
Unfortunately, I was not the only one to face that, in a far more unfortunate incident than mine.
Yesterday, just north of where I was heading to, a police officer was killed in a hit and run. He pulled over a speeding van, which ended up being driven by a 15 yr old without his license. When the police officer ran the plates, it turned out the van was stolen.
As he was questioning the kid, the kid panicked and tried to drive away. The officer ran with the van, and reached in to try and turn it off. The kid lost control, and the officer was dragged under the van as it went off the road and rolled all the way over, trapping him underneath.
What makes the story more heartbreaking was that as the officer lay trapped under this van dying, he was radioing for help not for himself, but for the four teens inside the van. Continuously he repeated that they needed to get to the scene to help the teenagers.
Thanks to an idiot, he won't see that day. He won't see his sons grow up, graduate and marry. He won't live a beautiful life with his wife or be there to hold his first grandchild.
All because of someone who thought he was cool by being an idiot.
My life was almost taken yesterday because of an idiot. One who then thought the whole thing was hilarious.
Every day I watch idiots run red lights because they're too impatient to wait. Whip out around cars because they can't wait the extra ten feet for the exit ramp.
Just two weeks ago, at the same intersection my accident happened at, another idiot made that same left hand turn without checking properly and caused an accident which ended in a fatality.
If only there was a way to prevent these kinds of idiots from getting behind the wheel. Some sort of brain scan that would prove that these people are idiots. Idiots who never think twice about the lives they impact because of their selfishness.
My thoughts, prayers and love go out to Const. Garrett Styles friends and family right now. I can only imagine the heartache that they are going through.