The result of drunk driving

Discussion in 'Community' started by iJon, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    My friend sent this to me, not sure where he found it at. It's on of those stories where you think it can't get any worse and it does. The site loads slow (not sure if uncompressed images or just lots of traffic). Either way it's worth the read, I've never seen anything like it.

  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I saw that in the paper when it first happened, a drunk driver able to take out 17 cars before he was stopped.

    Luckily he didn't go nuts at a street fair.
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    The pictures do take forever. In case people want the text before they spend the time waiting for the download (in essense, the pictures show wrecked cars), here it is:


    I bought a car yesterday! Then, I drove home and parked right outside
    my apartment. Later, I decided to go grocery shopping.

    When I returned, to my dismay, someone had taken my parking spot.

    Begrudgingly, I parked somewhere else.

    Then, around 2:00 AM, I was awoken by a loud rumbling sound, followed
    by a crash. It happened again, and again, and again...

    I went outside, and this is what I found...

    Mission Boulevard was flooding...

    ...a fire hydrant had been knocked over.

    Further down the street, I saw this car.

    And a big mess in front of this flower shop.

    On the same street, I saw this car with the rear windshield resting on the trunk.

    I followed the damage onto Bayard St., where I live.

    I saw this car about 15 feet behind my apartment.

    The car looked like it had been rammed several times.

    This tire was on the ground; I think it was from the driver's car.

    From here started a deep groove cut into the ground. The driver was on his rim.
    I followed the trail.

    This is my apartment. I had parked here earlier.
    The white car that had taken my spot was gone.

    As was the red car in front of it.

    I found them both in my neighbor's driveway.

    This was the car that had been in my parking spot.

    I followed the trail down Bayard St. It smelled like gasoline.

    Next, I went down Tourmaline street. All of these cars were hit, and there was a line from the driver's rim running by each car.

    I followed through these barriers downhill.

    I finally found the car responsible for all of this.

    I found out later that the hole in his windshield was from his dog that had
    been in the passenger seat. We couldn't find it after the accident.

    The verdict?

    One fire hydrant, one flower shop, one dog, and nineteen cars, not
    including his own (I omitted pictures of four cars with minor damage).

    The driver, I found out later, was drunk, from Texas, and had only one arm.

    At this point, I tried to go back to sleep.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
  5. krimson macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2003
    Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia
    this seems familiar, but I can't figure out where this was.. most of the plates seem to be from CA. Im thinking it was UC Santa Barbara, but that was a teenage kid, FWIR.

    edit: Never mind. :)
  6. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Whew, that was a slow load. It was worth it. In case anyone doesn't want to wait, here's a mirror. I used iPhoto to quickly take the photos down to about 1/10 their original size.


    P.S. If I'm violating anyone's copyright, PM me and I'll take the images down.
  7. Wyvernspirit macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    The horror

    maybe breathalizers in every vehicle aren't a bad solution.
  8. Laslo Panaflex macrumors 65816

    Laslo Panaflex

    May 1, 2003
    That is the craziest thing I have ever seen. I am afraid to walk the streets at night now.
  9. iJon thread starter macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    my friend got a DUI and they hardwired this thing to her car. bascially she has to breathe in it at random times and if she blows so much the car shuts off. pretty slick. it sucks for her but its for her own good.

  10. krimson macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2003
    Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia
    couldn't she get someone else to blow into it for her?
  11. iJon thread starter macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    yes you can, but i would only do that for her if i was going to be the one driving.

  12. KingSleaze macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2004
    So. Cal
    Sounds like an 'Invasion of Privacy'. Just because it has happened before, let's do something to try and prevent it's happening again.

    Kind of like terrorists sneaking bombs onto trains or using planes as guided missiles.

    I apologize for the sarcasm, but some people don't get public safety as a valid argument.
  13. Neserk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2004
    Driving is a privilege not a right.

    She probably had the option: Get the blowy thingy or lose your license!

    If they put one in her house to see if she ever drank, then it would be a violation of her privacy. She has the right to get drunk, just not to drink and then drive!
  14. musicpyrite macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cape Cod
    Seems more and more people are confusing the terms 'privilege' and 'right.' :)
  15. Raid macrumors 68020


    Feb 18, 2003
    With the comparison you made about public safety it sounds like you would then advocate breathalizer for all cars regardless of past driver history. Just as blanket security measures treat every one as potential terrorists, then everyone would be treated as repeat DUI-ers.
  16. Relentless macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN USA
    ouch.... Drunk driving has killed a total of six friends. I hope this punk gets what he deserves...
  17. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    With that much damage, it would seem that he would be ineligible to ever obtain car insurance. That is certainly the worst that I've ever heard.

    I agree with iJon, there is no way that I would blow into the car breathalyzer unless I was driving. Most sane individuals value their life. Anyone that would should get punished for her crime also.
  18. James L macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2004
    Speaking as an emergency health care worker who has seen WAY to many innocent deaths as a result of drunk driving... whoever does it (the drunk driving) should have ALL privileges removed.... eating, breathing, walking, etc.

    Drunk drivers are right at the bottom of the scum tank along with any other loser whose selfish actions result in tragedy to an innocent persons life. They get whatever they deserve, and deserve more than they get.

  19. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I always thought they should be allowed to keep a license as long as they...

    1. sign the organ donor cards
    2. use a motorcycle
    3. NOT wear a helmet
  20. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    crap thats a lot of damage. man he will never be able to drie again!!
  21. moep macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2004
  22. takao macrumors 68040


    Dec 25, 2003
    Dornbirn (Austria)
    you know what is amusing ? in austria you have to sign a "card" if you _don't_ want to spend organs... if you don't have one of these cards ... they take whatever works in your body ;)
    so in austria you can skip step 1
    and start with

    2.use a motorcycle
  23. BaDBoY macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2003
    good god. driving drunk and only having one hand?? how CAN it get any worse?
  24. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    It can. This guy didn't kill anyone. I saw a similar incident when I lived in Chicago about 15 years ago. The main difference was only about 6 cars were totaled and the guy was never caught.
  25. G5orbust macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2002
    I knew this looked like San Diego! I wonder why I didnt hear of it, though...

    Pretty crazy what that guy did. I guess thats a tip to you all: Dont get drunk and drive or youll end up on Macrumors where we'll all make fun of you and your stupidity.

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