In case you haven't heard by now, the lives of four people - and countless others indirectly - have been dramatically changed forever.
In Ewa yesterday afternoon, as reported by Star-Advertiser reporter Gordon Y.K. Pang, "Police and witnesses said a GMC Envoy was speeding eastbound on Kaimalie Street toward Fort Weaver Road when it crossed the double solid centerline and struck a Porsche Cayenne traveling westbound. The Envoy continued, striking an unoccupied minivan parked on the street in the westbound direction before slamming into a utility pole.
Police said they believe speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash that happened at about 1:30 p.m. on Kaimalie Street near the Ewa Pointe Marketplace."
Just looking at that image makes me cringe and there are actually more disturbing photos (click here for video from HNN) reported by other media as one is dead, one in critical condition and two others in serious condition. It's times like these I wish there was a way to see what was going in the vehicle moments before as there will always be more questions than answers.
Were his friends telling him to slow down? Were they fooling around? Were they texting? Were they late? Why were they (any or all of them) drinking? Did anybody say this was a bad idea? How did they get the alcohol? Did he have a license or a permit? Why da heck weren't they in school?
Wassup Wit Dat!
In reality, it's actually no one's business other than the people involved but like always, everyone gotta be niele and throw in their five cents. "It's their parents fault", "It's their upbringing", "HPD should have been there" - yada, yada, yada. When are people going to realize that people - youth are no different - are going to do what they want to do no mattah wat da upbringing?
It's called life. It's the choices we make in this life that will have an impact directly or indirectly and whether we choose to learn by them, live by them or ignore them. Most choices we make don't tend to take lives but when it does, God be with them as if they live through it, I can't even begin to imagine the torment that will ensue.
A lot of people will forget this tragedy in a matter of weeks but the people who know those involved, I hope they will press on, share and stress the message to make better choices and not the same ole' same ole of don't drink and drive or don't speed. When you think about it, all of that falls into the premise of a singular action - choice.
So as you all enter into Thanksgiving - and the holidays - please choose to not speed even though you late, choose to hand your keys over if you had too much to drink, choose to TAKE the keys away from someone that has too much to drink, choose to not answer your phone while driving........ it's your choice.