Four Local Girls Killed on Beltway By Alcohol, Own Stupidity

Booze and Teenage Stupidity is what’s to blame for the deaths of four girls from Northern Virginia. Couple of ’em got drunk, and drove right in front of a semi, which promptly killed pretty much everyone in the car. Turned the guy who drove the truck, a Special Forces Vet, into a mess, much as you’d expect. Why? Because right after graduation, they wanted to get trashed to celebrate.

The news has been maudlin, as you might expect, over the loss of four young lives. I’m just amazed at all the people that aren’t more disappointed to find out they threw their lives away to get hammered and drive drunk. Quite frankly, that’s Darwin in action, no matter what the news will say.

I fully expect to get a lot of negative comments, possibly from people talking about the kids themselves and how they knew them personally. I’m sure they were good people. They just threw their lives away in pursuit of some booze. Pity, isn’t it?

18 Comments so far

  1. come on man (unregistered) on June 16th, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

    four girls are dead. that just sucks, no matter who you blame. have some sympathy. and remember, only one girl was driving…and if it was the driver’s fault…the other three are pretty damn innocent as far as i’m concerned.

  2. Jerry (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 12:45 am

    If the other girls knew the driver was drunk, then they are just as responsible for their own deaths as the driver. I am not saying they deserved to die, and it is a tragedy… But, they knew they were getting in the car with an intoxicated driver… Remember, friends don’t let friends drive drunk?

  3. Dadwithteens (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 8:40 am

    Sober friends don’t let drunk friends drive drunk. When everyone is drinking…then everyone’s judgement is impaired. Get over the scientific Darwinism crap and show some respect for those families that lost their children!

  4. an old friend (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 12:09 pm

    It’s sad that you would make a tragic event more painful by posting comments based on assumptions. You do not know that anyone in the car was drunk. Teenagers may make poor decisions when driving in an area they are unfamiliar with as was the case here. So do adults. The presence of alcohol in the car does not make the driver drunk. The girls had just met up after having spent the evening with their families. Have you ever driven with alcohol in your car? If not, I guess you never purchase any to bring home or take to a party. Of course, they are under age and should not have been in possession of alcohol. Why did you jump to conclusions and make condemning statements before you had all the facts?

  5. Tiff (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 2:33 pm

    Since they cut across a safety lane (you know, those marked-off areas between merge lanes that you’re not supposed to cross) and directly into the path of an oncoming semi, one can reasonably assume either drunkenness…. or sober stupidity. Which is less flattering?

    It’s not that I’m not sorry- four young lives have been lost, and of course that’s a tragedy. I’m just tired of all the wailing and gnashing of teeth that accompanies people who do dumb shit and not only bring about their own demise, but who risk the lives of countless other people. These weren’t “just kids:” they ranged in age from 18 to 20. If they had been over 21, there’d be a lot more harumphing that they got what they deserved for driving drunk. Their age is no excuse- they nearly ruined the life of that truck driver through no fault of his own.

  6. Don (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

    I’d be okay with ignoring the alcohol aspect if the media and people will talk about how what apparently got them into this mess – and caused their deaths – is by engaging in behavior that I see at least once a month: realizing that the exit they have taken isn’t the one they meant to and then driving illegally to get back on the highway.

    Sober or drunk this is insane behavior, yet it seems to happen all the time. Just take the exit! Go make a turn and get back on – there is no chance that doing so will make you later than an accident and possibly death will.

  7. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

    Don – you are spot on. THat is horrible driving in action.

    I haven’t kept up with this story because I predicted (probably rightly so) that the news would be a-flutter about tragic, senseless deaths and fanning the flames of, “those were great kids.”


    Okay, maybe they were great kids. But they did a dumbass thing. If I drove drunk and got creamed on the highway, I would be a footnote in the newspaper and maybe Tom Bridge would write about me being such a dumbass, and rightly so.

    Age does not make these people any more deserving of the lives they lost by doing stupid things.

    All that said, I feel a lot of sympathy for the families they leave behind and the other driver who, no doubt, feels immense guilt, though the accident was not his fault. It is tragic.

  8. ElLobo (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 8:59 am

    At first I was a little surprised at the heartlessness, but I guess I’m not. Young people make mistakes, and instead of having a little sympathy all you can do is act disrespectfully to their families and friends who loved them. You’re a class act…

  9. dcist girl (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 9:55 am

    I completely agree with your Darwin argument. Not to mention the fact that it seems for the past two years every couple of months or so, some suburban teenagers are getting in wrecks and dying because of racing or drunk driving. It is ridiculous.

    I am just happy to see that they didn’t take anyone else with them.

  10. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 9:57 am

    Just to put things in perspective, how many of you would be arguing against calling these girls stupid if they had killed someone else in addition to themselves? Say, a family of four?

    Regardless, it’s a damn shame that this happened. Awful.

  11. grrr (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 11:51 am

    Why are you jumping to an unproven conclusion (that the driver was intoxicated) and then hurling vitriol? If in three or four days, you get hard and firm proof that there was drunk driving involved, this post is totally fine. But until that point, it’s jackassery.

  12. grrr (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    Why are you jumping to an unproven conclusion (that the driver was intoxicated) and then hurling vitriol? If in three or four days, you get hard and firm proof that there was drunk driving involved, this post is totally fine. But until that point, it’s jackassery.

  13. logan circle (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

    I just wonder how many other people died, including murdered, this weekend in the area who did not receive front-page attention b/c they were not white, affluent, and attractive?

  14. Reid (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

    I’m down with Logan Circle. I have a problem with maudlin news coverage for stuff like this generally because it picks and chooses what stories the public should be grieving about. The media is rarely forced to justify coverage of sad but generally inconsequential events.

  15. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

    This is the worse case scenario for any parent. The driver, who we won’t make any judgments about what condition she was in until more facts are available, was still a young driver with very little experience driving, esp at night. Someone more mature would have thought to take the exit till she was able to find signs that would lead her to familiar roads.

    It is sad that every year something like this happens. No matter what we try to do or say to avoid this tragedy, kids have been taught that alcohol is an important part of celebrating and until society attitudes about alcohol changes, it seems destined that we have history repeated.

  16. CY (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    Tom – I hope that in your hour of need people will show you more compassion that you have shown them. There is no need to pour any more salt on the wounds of those who have lost their children.

  17. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    Yes, it’s sad. It’s tragic. People’s worlds are torn apart by te loss of their loved ones – children, siblings, nieces, cousins, grandchildren, friends. It’s incredibly sad and not the way things are supposed to happen. Kids are supposed to bury their parents, not the other way around.

    Is it heartless to say that these kids, especially the driver, made stupid mistakes? No. It’s just the truth. Maybe it could be framed or articulated better but it’s the truth, like it or not.

    For those whose hearts ache at this time of loss and personal crisis, all of us at Metblogs (not that I am a spokesperson) feel for you and wish you did not have to feel this way.

    Those of us who have witnessed or at least felt the loss from the death of a loved one, family member, friend or other close person send you our condolences and thoughts. Nobody experiences that kind of loss without feeling the sadness in unity with someone else at some point.

    But in the tragedy is the truth of what happened, that someone did something completely irresponsible. She made a bad choice, sober or inebriated.

  18. Don (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 11:29 am

    I can’t speak for Tom but I personally have no desire to pour salt on the wounds of those who have lost loved ones in this incident, and I hope they find a way to make peace and move on.

    I do have a desire, however, to counter statements making this out to be an unavoidable tragedy or the fault of the traffic planners – a similarly unproven assertion. When we find ourselves in the presence of a sad situation we owe it to ourselves and others to confront the cause and address it, and the indications are that this accident might have involved alcohol and beyond a doubt involved a dangerous move so they wouldn’t have to get off the highway and back on again.

    These girls are dead because of a reckless move while behind the wheel of a 2700lb vehicle. Unfortunately for them the other vehicle seriously out-weighed them but it could just as well have been a motorcycle. That’s an incident that would have left them alive but killed someone else so they could save five minutes.

    We can mourn their loss without soft-pedaling what they did and we can criticize their mistakes and ask others not to repeat them without insulting those they left behind.

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