Monday, August 18, 2008

The Blame Game

HIGHLAND, Calif. — Authorities say a 16-year-old girl who died after losing control of her car had been texting on her cell phone moments before the accident.

Kayla Preuss, of Highland, was driving on the Interstate 10 Freeway in Redlands when she lost control of her car and crashed. She died of head injuries.

Authorities say Preuss had been driving drunk and was speeding. But another factor may have contributed to the crash.

Phone records show Preuss was texting just before the accident. Her cell phone, which was flipped open, was found resting on the floorboard by her feet.

Preuss' mother Kelly said she hopes the accident will make other people think before texting and driving.

Does this tick anyone off except me? The mom wants other teens to think before texting and driving? Hello? Do you see what else was going on?

She was 16 – that means she had her license for less than one year.

She was drunk – just a few more clicks reveal another news article that states her BAC was 0.18.

She was speeding - I couldn't find out how fast, or if she had been ticketed before.

The accident occurred at 2:40 AM – anyone ever hear of a curfew for young teens?

She was driving a sports car worth in excess of $40,000.00.

Her mother, bless her heart, states that she had warned her before about the dangers of texting and driving.

Texting while driving is not a good thing. It is a bad thing, however, bad parenting caused this tragedy.



Kate said...

There is nothing wrong with a strongly stated "NO" except that it isn't said and heard often enough.
A 16 yr old made bad choices because someone allowed her options with consequences she believed only applied to other people.
2:40 a.m.
fast, powerful car
OK - the phone

Can we all say - "Needless death"?

medic3327 said...

We in the EMS community were talking about this one when we read about it the other day. Unfortunatly this is just another case of parents trying to blame society for their childs death. When are they going to wake up and take responsibility for the way they raise their children. In most of the cases like this that I have seen over the years it is a direct reflection of the parents lifestyle, and the way they raise their children. Stupid is as stupid does!!

Bob said...