I don’t want to jump to conclusions or judge people harshly, especially because that is hurtful to their grieving family members, but this should be a huge warning to everyone. Don’t drink and drive. EVER. That’s why God invented cabs. And sober friends.
Awhile ago, some friends and I were heading home after hitting the bars. Guess what? We ran into a house. Everybody was fine, but the car was totaled. I wasn’t driving, but it was still the single dumbest thing I’ve ever done. It changed my relationship with the friend who was the driver after that, as he felt tremendous guilt and I no longer trusted his judgment. We eventually drifted apart…
When I hear of horrible news like this, I know how easy it is to make a dumb mistake and consider myself extremely lucky. Before judging others or speaking ill of them, I usually remember that I’m just as big of an idiot.
I do believe that everyone is an example — of what to do and what NOT to do. I know I’m both. What are you?
UPDATE: Ryan’s blood alcohol level was found to be over twice the legal limit at the time of the crash.