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God rest their souls and what a tragic, stupid waste of life.
I agree with your thoughts on this 100%. I almost died in a car crash
some 23 years ago when, as a car salesman, I was demonstrating a
Sunbeam Tiger to a prospective customer. He asked to see the mid-range
acceleration and I obliged...long story short - brakes failed and I hit
the arse end of a breakdown lorry (tow truck) at around 50mph, this
after negotiating a serious 90 degree bend where I scrubbed off around
50 mph of speed on an armco barrier and where my (unbelted) passenger
was thrown out the car into roadside bushes (he only had scratches and
shock). After cutting me out of the car (I wore my belt), I ended up in
hospital for many weeks with various parts of my anatomy fractured
(including my skull).
To any that believe my passenger, employer or vehicle was in any way at
fault for my actions - think on! EVERYTHING associated with this
incident was precipitated by my own actions. The passenger did not
threaten my life to drive the car that fast nor did my employer
threaten to kill me if I didn't sell it. In fact, it was I, as the
driver, who made the only conscious decision to jeopardize everyone's
life involved (or that could have been involved). So what does all this
mean? It appears that we live in a world where everyone is a "victim"
(except, of course, of their own circumstances)!
Whatver happened to the wonderful fatalistic streak that we once had.
Everyone mouths that "s&^% happens" but when it does, they have to find
out who the person was that threw the s&^% that hit them, rather than
facing the fact that they sat in their own!
Now? What would have happened if my passenger had been belted in and
would not have been thrown out? If, if, if, if, if.....
96 A4q 2.8 slushbox (its the wifes and I love it)