January 21st, 2010
A few days ago on da morning drive to work, Da Wife and I didn't see eye to eye (well I am taller than her 😆 ) on a story reported by Perry & Price on KSSK. The basic gist was this.... a 61 year old was killed crossing the street in Waikiki by a car driving the wrong way on a one way street.
It may sound "mean", but accidents like that no longer seem to faze us as much (no get me wrong, it's tragic and sadly becoming a common occurrence) in Hawaii's "unfriendly pedestrian crossing pupule I own da road vehicle driving maniacs" out there but hea's da facts as reported in yesterdays papah by Eloise Aguiar:
Da drivah was driving da wrong way on a one way street.
Da drivah ALLEGEDLY was under da influence of an intoxicant.
Lock up da drivah!
Oh yeah... da 61 year old was not in or near any marked cross walk.
Uh.... Idiot pedestrian right?
Hea's wea Da Wife and I differed. She was totally blaming da drivah but wait..... how come only da drivah?
I pointed out da obvious dat yeah, da totally lolo drivah was driving da wrong way and may have been intoxicated but da pedestrian was NOT in a marked crosswalk either. While tragic as it may seem, I said they were equally to blame as they both were in da wrong.
Who's to blame since we always need to "blame" someone?
Or da million dollah question..... who's at fault..... or should we be asking, who's at fault more?
Da pedestrian who for watevah reason couldn't/didn't want to make it to a crosswalk and probably crossed there - illegally - everyday? Or da lolo drivah who obviously was either too drunk or high to even realize dat 1) he was going da wrong way and 2) in no comprehensible condition to react in time and brake?
It's plain as white rice with no shoyu dat BOTH are at fault but in dis day and age of lawsuits, gotta blame somebody right?
Then Da Wife pointed out dat da pedestrian died.
Wat if he didn't die? Would da accident be seen any different? Wat if he was only injured - would da drivah be looked at in less of a "lock him up and throw away da key" light? Imagine if da pedestrian wasn't there... da drunk a$$ would have went through da street and thought nothing of it and MAY have gotten home without incident or MAY have hurt someone else.... who was in da right (in a crosswalk or driving properly on da road).
Does anything make any sense unless it's in da extremes? We talk a lot about da "wat if's" but in dis case it was a nightmare of two idiots - yeah, both of 'em - doing exactly wat they weren't supposed to be doing and on top of dat.... both of them were breaking da da law! It was just tragic dat they both were in da wrong place - literally - at da wrong time.
Wat if someone was driving in reverse down the lawful side of da street but driving perfectly as if he was going forward? A few seconds latah a car hits him... who's at fault? To blame? If both are at fault, is it da lesser of two evils? Or da lesser of an extreme?
If you put yourself in a situation for a "chance" to get hurt or break a law or something, and then something out of your control happens.... do you blame someone or feel the need to blame someone/something?
How's about the hikers who were injured and killed years ago at Sacred Falls? There are posted signs, a chain link fence, locks and even more signs at the beginning of the trail inside and yet when the landslide happened, da city was sued and ended up paying.... Wassap Wit Dat!
And just last night driving home aftah Sam's Club, follow me hea, it's a three lane road on da makai bound lanes in between Wal-Mart and Petco with two DEDICATED turning left and one DEDICATED going straight. Da middle lane turns left and da right lane goes straight right?
But dat's not wat da IDIOT drivahs "wanted" to do.
Da middle car drove straight and da far right car turned right..... AT DA SAME TIME!
Wassap Wit Dat!
I thought I pretty much seen most driving situations and even a similar one to dis one wea maybe ONE of them wanted to do something else but BOTH... at da same time? Whoa! Luckily they narrowly missed each oddah and hea's a classic WWD! moment...... they both honked at each oddah like they both were in da right? 😯
But wat if they did hit each oddah? Who's to blame? Both are in da "wrong" and making illegal "turns"...... hmmm.
We all know two wrongs don't make a right.... so do we default to da lesser of two evils?