As some of you may remember, my young cousin (18) was killed last Christmas season by a drunk driver. This was (not surprisingly) rather upsetting for the entire family.
Well, the man who did it plead guilty and has been sentenced to five years in jail.
This doesn’t make me happy, although not for the reasons many people seem to think.
The results of the accident include 2 young women dead (one my cousin), one young man lost his arm, one young man (my other cousin) watched his sister decapitated and his girlfriend’s body severed in half, and now this young man is going to jail for 5 years.
He’s 23. He should be thinking about University or College, not starting hard time. (I believe the length of the sentence is such that he will be in a prison, as opposed to a jail.)
This is what I want to say:
The difference between this young man, and anyone else that has had a few too many and then driven, is luck. That is the ONLY difference.
He’s not a monster. He’s not a horrible person. He’s not a nameless, faceless beast that distroyed part of my family.
He’s just a young guy, that had a few drinks, got behind the wheel and drove too fast.
It all comes down to luck.
Please remember this in the upcoming holiday season, K?
I know that I’m sounding preachy, but I would really hate for another family to have to go through this.