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12. Unhappy Birthday
A drunk driver speeding along in his SUV
the 60 freeway last night killed three of
people in a sedan. The sedan had slowed
a crawl because of construction work on the
. Four lanes were merged into two. The Department
Transportation crew was making repairs to a three-mile
of highway. Hundreds of bright orange traffic cones
the merger. Four heavy duty trucks were parked
the emergency lanes. Their brightly glowing signs said, “
. Be prepared to stop. Construction ahead.” Vehicle traffic
slowed to about 3 mph.
Missing all of
warnings, the drunk driver, going at least 50
, plowed into the sedan. The sedan driver, a
programmer, was a recent immigrant to America. In
passenger seat was his wife, and in the
seat were his 6-year-old daughter and his 8-year-old
. It was 9 p.m. The family had been
a restaurant to celebrate the little girl’s birthday.
never knew what hit them.
The impact of
collision caused the sedan to explode in flames.
, the sedan driver managed to crawl out of
car seconds after the explosion. Third degree burns
much of his body. His chances for survival
slim. His life, as he knew it, is
. His loved ones were burned beyond recognition. The
was a skeleton of metal.
The 28-year-old drunk
not only unhurt, but was able to escape
his smoldering SUV and run away, leaving two
bottles behind. The police tracked him down this
. He claimed that his brakes had failed. It
revealed that he had four prior convictions for
under the influence in the past 10 years.