Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Layer Upon Layer of Fail...

Words fail me. What a horrible, horrible story.

Dad Charged After SUV Runs Over Daughter on First-Date
A 12-year-old Pittsburgh girl who got out of her father's SUV to pose for photos with a boy following her first date was hit and killed by the vehicle, according to authorities — and her dad has been charged with drunken driving.

Richard Benton, 53, refused field sobriety and breath tests at the scene of the crash at 8 p.m. Sunday, according to The Associated Press. Police said Benton's speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol.
Now, I'm not ready to condemn the "12 year old out on a date" aspect, because for all we know they may have been going to a movie together or something like that. But damn, man. You're out with your family and you're so loaded you can't even put a vehicle in park properly? The rest of the family was in the vehicle, too - so not only did he endanger his entire family, but no one else tried to stop him from driving.

They're claiming that the brakes may have given out on the SUV, which to me sounds like they're trying to give the father some cover. I don't buy it. He was visibly intoxicated, with slurred speech and reeking of alcohol - Occam's Razor would have that he just forgot to put the car in park, and panicked when it started moving. Every dozen or so years we are regaled with stories of cars that mysteriously accelerated - and in every single one of those stories, the driver was well into their 70s or 80s.

I'm just trying to wrap my head around the mindset that says, hey, I'm responsible for the safety of my child, her date, and the rest of my family. I think I'll drink myself into a stupor and then pour myself behind the wheel. At no point in this cretin's day did he stop to think about the people under his care and how they would be affected by his drinking and driving. And while I can forgive the daughter for getting in the car - she's 12, she doesn't know any better - I can't fathom why the mom would have allowed her drunkard of a husband to get behind the wheel in that state.

Then again, I've pretty much given up trying to figure out why anyone does anything these days...

That is all.


Dave H said...

The guy's a dumb@$$, but I don't know if I could bring myself to punish him for it. Knowing he killed his child by his own drunk hand is going to haunt him for the rest of his miserable life.

Still, I think he needs to be separated from society so if he tries to end his own life early, he doesn't take someone else out along the way.

Sailorcurt said...

@Dave H:

I believe he should absolutely face the legal consequences of his actions as well as the emotional.

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.


You are assuming that the mom was any more sober and/or had any more ability to make rational decisions than dad.

Not a good assumption.

Anonymous said...

Call me an asshole, but my second thought about this story was that in the future, very few people will be able to beat this boy on "Oh man, my first date was the total suck!"