RE: [infoguys-list] rollover
- Like many of these cases, it's a tragic accident. We all have to let our
kids make mistakes, and try to save them from anything that will permanently
damage them, but by the time they're in college we don't have a lot we can
do to protect them. We have to teach them good judgment early on. Even if
we do our best they will often do things like this, testing the limits.
Most of us are lucky that our kids get away without a more than a scratch,
but sometimes the universe chooses a person to serve as an example. It's
the only thing that keeps the other kids a bit more in line sometimes.
The kids blew it. All of them. They obviously knew better, they even were
responsible enough to choose a designated driver. Unfortunately, as often
happens, good judgment is drowned in alcohol. Once they'd had a few they
thought they were invincible, like a lot of kids. Oddly enough, many are.
The worst they should have had is a hang over. This was a case of Russian
roulette, and they lost. I say "they" because none of them will ever be the
same. They are all paying, and will to some degree for life.
Everyone but Mary was drunk. She should have taken the keys at the outset,
before the drinking began, but by nature of agreeing to be the designated
driver she may have exhibited a propitiative or submissive character. The
others seem to have been caught up in the angst of young adulthood. That,
in itself, should be considered a form of inebriation. When added to the
alcohol it has often proved lethal.
OK, enough sleep deprived philosophy; they all messed up, approximately
equally. This is not a legal opinion, it's my opinion.
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Subject: [infoguys-list] rollover
I need your opinions on this case ASAP. $5 for each opinion goes to Healing
thanks in advance,
Jack and his girlfriend Jill decided to drive up to the hills to drink a
bucket of vodka. They brought their friends Mary Lamb and Peter Wolf. (all
Mary would be the designated driver on the trip home from the hills.
These college students drove up to the hills in Jill's cargo van with Mary
and Peter in the back.
Jack and Jill got into a fight (which they were known to do) after everyone
but Mary, got a little drunk.
Jill refused to give the keys to Mary as promised.
On the way back (it was getting dark and they were in the middle of
Jill was driving and Jack was fighting. Suddenly Jack (predictably
unpredictable) grabbed the steering wheel from Jill. The van rolled over,
(a little drunk himself) or straight Mary had seatbelts in the cargo area to
Peter who was anti social and not such a nice guy before the rollover is now
Who is at fault and why?
Is Jill the captain of this ship? Did Mary act like sheep/lamb? Is abusive
Jack the only one at fault here?
Is Peter at fault for getting in the back with a drunk at the wheel?
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