I try to write only when I am in a good mood. It keeps my stories from becoming too cynical, depressing or angry. With the amount of news I consume through TV and various online news sites, it is a wonder I can write “happy” at all.
Such was the cause of my latest hiatus.
In late April, 29-year-old St Louis Cardinals pitcher, Josh Hancock, was killed while driving home from a bar he stopped at after a game. When he ran his SUV into the tow truck assisting a broken down motorist, his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, he was speeding, using a cell phone and was not wearing his seat belt. Marijuana also was found in the SUV.
I am not a parent, and as such, never had to suffer the tragedy of losing a child. I am sure that the grief is overwhelming. And grief can make people exhibit strange behavior.
Josh Hancock’s father, Dean, in his grief, has decided to sue. He is suing the bar, the tow truck company and the man whose car broke down.
Lawsuits have their place, especially when trying to get parties to accept responsibility for their actions, but the filing of this lawsuit places the blame on everyone except the responsible party.
In his lawsuit, Mr Hancock is claiming the restaurant provided drinks to his son.
The suit also names the driver of the stalled car, who stalled after spinning out avoiding a car who cut him off. The suit claims he did not maintain his vehicle properly to avoid stalling.
The third party in the lawsuit is the tow truck driver, for failing to get the stalled car out of the way fast enough.
So I guess, in the future, bars should not serve drinks to already drunk, college-educated, adult aged, professional athletes because the road home might not be clear of tow trucks or stalled vehicles for an alcohol drinking, pot smoking, non-seat belt wearing, cell phone talking, speeding, pitcher to get home safely.