Father Chastizes Son For Fatal Decision
According to WRDW12, the father of a 22-year-old man roundly criticized his son for driving under the influence of drugs after the young man crashed head-on into a 69-year-old woman, tragically killing her. The heartbroken father used his son as an example of poor decision-making and risky behavior that is unjustifiable. The man called on others to avoid making the same poor choice his son made that ended one life and ruined another.
The fatal crash happened just before 6:00 p.m. in Harlem, GA on Old Union Road on April 17, 2017. The man whom sheriff's deputies identified as the driver of a black BMW, was driving in excess of 100 miles per hour on Old Union Road. He drove along a stretch of road locals call "Dead Man's Curve" due to the number of accidents that happen in that spot annually. The posted speed limit on the road is 55 miles per hour. It was along that curve when he drove into on-coming traffic after passing two other cars. He struck a vehicle driven by a 69-year-old head-on. First responders pronounced her deceased at the scene of the crash.
The man suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. He was transported to a local hospital for examination and later discharged to the custody of the Columbia County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's deputies charged him with:
• motor vehicle homicide,
• operating under the influence of a controlled substance,
• possession of a schedule II substance,
• reckless driving,
• driving without proof of insurance,
• driving too fast for road conditions,
• and failure to stay in his lane.
This incident is a cautionary tale that plays out all too often on American's roads. The man's father hopes that other people will learn from his son's mistake. He lamented the fact that his eldest son will be behind bars for a very long time, potentially, and his life may be ruined even after his release from incarceration. He was also devastated by the fact that his son was responsible for the death of another person. However, he was clear that his son must face the consequences of his reckless actions.
Two very different lives fatefully met on that road on April 17. The man, according to his father, had moved out of the family home. He told reporters that he and his wife tried to teach all of their children the right way to live, and recognized that he could not be by his son's side at every turn because his son was now a grown man living on his own. On the other hand, Ms. the 69 year-old woman was a breast cancer survivor. She had a life partner, a man with whom she lived for 32 years, who called her the "sweetest woman" most people knew. Her partner, who was not identified in the story, told reporters that he was devastated but appreciated the outpouring of love and support he received from the community. He also asked that anyone contemplating honoring the memory of her should make a donation to charities supporting breast cancer research.
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