Tomorrow I will be attending the dedication of a memorial garden at a coworker’s home for her twentysomething son who was killed several months ago on a bright and sunny morning. He slammed into the back of a stopped tractor trailer at around 8am.
I don’t know the details and don’t expect I ever will, but I strongly suspect that he was more interested in his mobile device, and either email or Facebook, than he was with the most important thing he was doing at the time, which was propelling a large hunk of steel down the road at high speed.
He was killed instantly.
And his mother has never been the same since.
I know we’ve got the most nagging government ever to inhabit our brain cavities, and we’re constantly being lectured by people to exercise, to eat right, to wear our seatbelts, to not drink and drive, and on and on. Although don’t wish to add my name to the list of perpetual nags, but think about this.
A young Marine is dead for no reasonable cause other than distracted driving.
I’m guilty of glancing at email myself. Just because your iPhone bongs or your Blackberry chimes…taking that glance is not wise.
Tomorrow will be the celebration of a life taken too soon, a young man who had not yet made his mark on the world. A melancholy day and an unnecessary loss.
Put the device down when driving. For your mother. Poor Lisa.