Drinking, Driving, and Teens

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Drinking, Driving, and Teens

I learned today that a friend of mine lost two nephews in a fiery crash over the weekend.

They had been at a Sweet 16 party on Saturday night, where alcohol was served.

According to reports from KBTX-TV and the Bryan/College Station Eagle newspaper, early Sunday morning a Bryan police officer responded to a suspicious vehicle call at the parking lot for the Park Meadows neighborhood pool.

Upon approaching the area, “…he was approached by a vehicle coming from the opposite direction at an extremely high rate of speed. So much so that the vehicle forced the patrol car to the shoulder to prevent a collision,” said Bryan Police Chief Ty Morrow.

The officer turned around to chase the car. He saw the vehicle go airborne, come back down, and go airborne again. The car then hit two trees in the median.

The officer arrived on the scene moments after the crash. All occupants were still in the vehicle, and he tried to get the front female passenger out, but she appeared to be dead from her injuries. A small fire started, but the officer used up his fire extinguisher trying to put it out. The fire quickly spread and engulfed the entire vehicle.

All three teens died at the scene. The driver, who was the oldest, was only 18.

It is suspected that alcohol was involved in the crash. Witnesses at the party told police the teens had been drinking.

This post has nothing to do with real estate. That’s OK, because it is about something that is much more important.

The end of summer is quickly approaching. Kids will have end-of-summer parties. Once school is in session, there will be weekend parties, home and away football games, homecoming dances, and many other reasons for kids to get together and have fun. Sometimes that fun involves alcohol.

I did not know these kids. I only know one member of the family. I wasn’t at the party. I don’t know exactly what happened. All I can say is this…

Parents…get answers to the five W’s before your kids leave the house. Who. What. When. Where. Why.

Who will you be with? What will you be doing? When will you come home? Where will you be? Why are you going?

Kids…make responsible decisions. Don’t stay out past midnight. Don’t stay out too late. If you are an inexperienced driver, do not drive with friends in the car. Never speed. Stay away from drugs and alcohol. Talk to your parents and keep lines of communication open.

Parents and kids…read this blog together. Discuss what happened to these three teens and talk about how to make good choices to avoid a similar tragedy happening in your family.

May the prayers of everyone who reads this be with the family and friends of those who lost their lives, and also with the officers and firefighters who responded to the scene and witnessed this tragedy.

4 Comments

  1. These things always happen to “someone else” but this time it happened in OUR town to OUR kids. May the families be comforted and others use this as a life lesson to make better choices about staying away from alcohol and driving no matter what the age.

  2. Great post. Unfortunately, if you drink and drive, you die, kill someone else or both. It is sooo easy to make the right decision.
    My best friend was sober when he decided to hot-rod for just a sec on his way home. He swerved to miss an animal and died in a one car fiery collision with a tree. His parents found out over a day later because it took that long to identify the body. Cars are dangerous and teens are not invincible. Designate a driver or call someone to pick you up. A&M has a program that will pick you up and take you home for FREE. Don’t get in a car with someone who has been drinking OR with someone who likes to drive reckless. Older people say this because we all know several people who have DIED this way or who have died as a result of others Drinking and Driving or Driving Reckless.

  3. Jennifer Johnston says:

    My high school graduating class also learned about this reality the hard way. Being in southeast Texas, we were 45 minutes away from Louisiana, and legal drinking. So guess what we did, since we also thought that we were invincible. One night, during the spring semester following our graduation, 2 of the most popular guys in our class had gone over to one of the usual places. The “closest to sober” drove home. The other one was passed out in the passenger seat. When exiting I-10, they rear-ended an 18 wheeler that was parked on the side of the road for the night. The driver was fine. The passenger wound up hospitalized for quite some time, and there was a long period of time that we didn’t know if he was going to live or die. Thankfully, he lived. However, it was at a big price. He lost a leg and an eye. He was planning to transfer to A&M the following year. Instead, he stayed home at the much smaller local university (which was basically the area high schools all put together and was much friendlier for someone in a wheelchair) and learned to walk on a prosthesis. After that, we usually had a designated babysitter.

  4. Great Post…Unfortunate as it may be…Its a reminder to us all