Sunday, September 20, 2009

Time for Some Laws!

This has not been a good week.
A young mother pushing her toddler in a stroller was hit from behind by a 16 year old boy driving to school and blinded by the morninig sun.
She died of head injuries on the way to the Hospital.
The boy was devastated and held her hand until the ambulance got there.
This kid is going to be scarred for a very long time.

A 16 year old girl from Buffalo Mn.was on her way to Target to buy some CD's
walking down the rail road tracks and
wearing noise canceling head phones she had received from her Mom as a gift, listening to her favorite music.
A train trying to stop and sounding its horns and siren as he came up behind her, but
she made no attempt to move off of the tracks and was struck and killed.

Then last night when I got home from a trip to Mankato I checked my facebook ( where I stay in contact with my G kids)
and found out that my Granddaughters best friend was in a motorcycle accident.
The bike she was on blew a tire and neither she or her new boyfriend were wearing helmets.
She died last night after extensive brain surgery.
Today Alisha is going down to the hospital to support her friends parents while Chelsea's organs are being removed
The driver of the cycle in in an induced coma, but chances are he will have brain damage if he survives

The first incident might have been avoidable, because the woman probably shouldn't have been pushing the stroller in the street.
The last two are obvious, noise canceling head phones should be outlawed unless you are sitting in a chair
and personally I think there should be a helmet law in every state with a very large fine.
I now that many are opposed to it the motor cycle lobby is huge.
But there have been many incidents of lives being saved with proper helmets and I think the time has come
for that law.

Not a happy message today, but I probably only slept 5 hours last night and today my stomach is doing flip flops.
This is my outlet.


Marie said...

-- we're all thinking the same thoughts -- I just cringe when I see a motorcyle and no helmets -- or long pants or long sleeves....


texans maybe a bunch of redneck buttroys but we have a helmet sad..will light a candle for your granddaughter and her friends and family.

Riot Kitty said...

Hang in there, G. I'm sorry it all has to suck at once.

Michael Manning said...

Gigi: You have a very loving and caring heart, and that's why you were so upset. I am the same way. It was heartbreaking to read this because I lost a family member to a similar senseless accident. I am so with you on helmets. As an 8 year old I suffered a horrific bicycle accident and was in the Intensive Care Unit for 2 weeks. Doctors told my parents to "make arrangements". I was one of the lucky ones. I pulled through. In Arizona we have bicycle lanes and everyone wears helmets. I wish motorcyclists would too. The young man you mentioned...his life will never be the same. My thoughts and prayers are with you and those you mentioned. Love and (((HUGS))) to you, Gigi!

Chris said...

So hard to have continual bad stuff happening......take heart...this too shall pass.
As a young nurse, I had several motorcycle accident patients, and it has always stayed with me.....don't like them!!!!!