Summary: A van transporting children for a child care center exits the roadway, impacting a light standard and bridge abutment. The crash is fatal for the driver and four children. Two children are seriously injured. Toxicological tests on the driver are positive for THC.
What really gets me upset is what the Board learned via interviews with others:
*“According to the driver’s cousin, the driver was a regular marijuana user who often smoked before retiring for a nap between his morning and afternoon runs.”
“Several parents of children who rode in the van told investigators that they had complained to the child care director that the driver had been smoking marijuana in the van in the children’s presence.”
“Interviews conducted by MPD (Memphis Police Department) and Safety Board investigators indicated that the driver’s marijuana use was well known to friends and coworkers, who nicknamed him “Smoky”.”* :eek:
To restate, I’m personally not condemning his use of pot, per se. I put it in the same class as booze-do it if you want to, but show up straight for work. No point in beating that horse-the driver is dead.
If the statements above are valid, and I’ve no reason to believe the NTSB would make up shit to amuse readers, the other staff members and management of the child care center are the focus of this post-WTF were they thinking in allowing a known stoner to run around with a van of kids?
Finally-the parents have a measure of blame, here. You can bet your ass that if littlecats told me a stoner was driving her bus to school, the driver, center director, State Police, and I would be having a square dance, and she wouldn’t be back on the bus until I was satisfied with the resolution.
Why is common sense so un-fucking common anymore? :rolleyes: