July 17, 2009
"I don't think I made a mistake"
I don't usually blog about vehicular accidents, but there's something I found strangely disconcerting about the details of a fiery tanker crash which happened on a major Detroit area overpass on Wednesday.
The driver of the car -- an unapologetic 27 year old who got his driver's license (from the Secretary of State) in May -- broadsided a tanker truck loaded with 14,000 gallons of fuel, which exploded, causing what a local official called "the biggest fire in the city's history":
"It was a miracle that no one was killed," Klobucher said. "An absolute miracle. I can't say enough about our police, firefighters and other first responders. We had an explosion at a house earlier in the day and then this, the biggest fire in the city's history.According to investigators, the crash was caused by speeding:
Sims said that Haidarian-Shahri was in the far left lane and driving faster than the 50 mph speed limit on that section of I-75, commonly referred to as the "Nine Mile Curve." Haidarian-Shahri lost control and shot across the freeway to the right lane and collided with the side of the tanker carrying 14,000 gallons of fuel. The truck jackknifed, which caused the fuel tank to break and explode, he said.Speeding or not, how could any normal driver who wasn't intoxicated or asleep lose control in the left lane in such a way as to broadside a fuel tanker all the way in the right?
I realize that everyone makes mistakes, but the callused, completely unapologetic attitude of this driver shocks me a lot more than the accident. As you'll see, he is not sorry at all. Does the man have no conscience?
I'm not alone in being shocked. Haidarian-Shahri's attitude also shocked the seasoned newsman who interviewed him in the video here. Take a look.
I mean really.
It is bad enough to have "lost control and shot across the freeway to the right lane and collided with the side of the tanker carrying 14,000 gallons of fuel." Still, we all make mistakes, and accidents will happen.
But to say "I don't think I made a mistake."
How am I supposed to agree with that?
If he didn't make a mistake, then what on earth was the guy doing?
Would it be too insensitive of me to hope the Secretary of State will take his drivers license away?
MORE: While some Freepers are having a field day with this incident, I don't see the slightest evidence of terrorism.
But the man's refusal to apologize is an outrage. As to his saying, "I don't think I made a mistake," I think merely by saying that he made a huge mistake -- because people might interpret the statement literally.
Considering his educational background, the driver is obviously smart enough to know the difference between a mistake and its opposite.
posted by Eric on 07.17.09 at 03:23 PM
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