Friday, August 05, 2011

Alcohol-Fueled Tragedy

San Diego experienced two tragedies a couple of days ago, both fueled by alcohol. There is a lesson to be learned, not one that absolves anyone of personal responsibility, but one that suggests that drinking remains a dangerous activity.

A police officer, on the day that he was to appear in court to answer for a drunk driving and hit-and-run episode while off duty, went into the back yard of his home and shot himself to death. He left a wife and three children.

A Marine Gunnery Sergeant was riding his motorcycle and, while stopped at a stoplight, was hit by a drunk driver and left bleeding on the pavement as she fled the scene. He is a veteran of four tours in Afghanistan, and today is in serious danger of losing his life.

The driver was a young woman of 21 and had a blood alcohol content of .35 percent. She is, tragically, married to a Marine, and was drinking due to depression over her husband’s impending deployment to Afghanistan.

It’s all enough to just break your heart.


bruce said...

The first was stupidity and compounded by more. I feel sorry for the family left behind. The second was a tragedy and certainly would break some hearts. One thought was, would a BAC of .35 make her impaired enough to not be able to drive? Obviously not, but still...

momlee said...

A BAC of .35 and still able to get in a car means that she has a very high tolerance for alcohol, which means that she drinks alot. Take it from there.

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