Slow Down

I live in a sleepy residential area, close the the ocean. It consists of mostly seniors who bought their homes in 1964 or beginning families that were lucky enough to inherited or purchase their parent’s homes. There have been 2 God-awful car collisions at a small intersection within a 4 way stop… around the corner from my home. All these collisions have happened with a minor behind the wheel, driving upwards of 90 miles per hour, about a stones throw from the local elementary school. Just 2 weeks ago, 3 cars full of teens racing side by side, clipped a neighbor with his wife, his 3 small boys…ranging 5, 3 and 18 months and another 5 year old neighborhood girl while they were on their way to a birthday party. This little family got away unharmed, thank the Lord. One passenger (in the back seat of the car that clipped them) died on the scene after smacking a cement telephone pole. He was 14 years old. The driver’s 17 year old girlfriend had her entire face sheered off. Her face was gone people! GONE…and she lived!

Today, yet another teenager, with his own father as the passenger, drove through this intersection at a very high rate of speed (according to all eyewitnesses at the local liquor store at the intersection)…and this time they hit my neighbor…3 doors down. I don’t even know my neighbors, but this quiet, unassuming man, walks his dog faithfully everyday…so I’ve noticed him and waved. He, I learned later, was the man who went through my entire neighborhood taking down my Halloween signs after the event was over because he knew I would be tired. A man that I’m embarrassed to say… I didn’t even know his name! Well, his name is Malcolm and I am sick and tired of people driving wrecklessly, with no regard to other’s. Tell your kids, no… yell at your kids and make them understand. While you’re at it, tell yourself…to F—ing slow down…because it matters!

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Two drivers and one passenger were transported to the UC Irvine Medical Center this afternoon after a yellow Ford Mustang crashed into a black Toyota Camry at Bushard Street and Banning Avenue, police say. That accident occurred in the same intersection where 14-year-old Phoenix Nguyen was killed on March 15.

According to the Huntington Beach police department, the 17-year-old driver of the Mustang carried one passenger, 56-year-old Gregory Jackson. The Camry was driven by 76-year-old Malcolm McKenzie.

McKenzie and Jackson have multiple injuries but are in stable condition, and the Mustang driver, whose name was not released because he is a minor, suffers from minor injuries, according to a police news release.

Huntington Beach police and paramedics responded to the collision at 3:20 p.m. The preliminary investigation indicates that the Mustang was going at a high rate of speed southbound on Bushard Street and ran a stop sign before hitting McKenzie’s car, which was going eastbound on Banning, the release said.

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8 Responses to “Slow Down”

  1. Yes, please, young people, slow down when you drive, PLEASE!!

  2. Unbelievable!!!

  3. OMG. How awful.

  4. It seems as though something is happening out there. Maybe these minors are distracted by everything else that vies for their attention. Whatever it is, it’s not worth hurting, maiming, or killing someone and being haunted by that experience for the rest of their lives.

  5. Juliane Hope Says:

    Maybe large speed bumps should be put along the road…and big warning signs. wreckless driving should be an automatic license revoke. A car is not a toy, it is a machine that should only be used be responsible people. They have no right to put people at risk.

  6. I thought about speed bumps as well Julie, but I envisioned a car doing 100 hitting one and sailing into someones house. I think a light is the only solution. They have had police patrolling that intersection arbitrarily since the first collision…but they are never there late, when this stuff occurs. I sent my best wishes to Malcolm. He’s still in the Hospital with injuries to his chest. He is the nicest man. A retired Air Force worker…just trying to have a good life. If this was our Father, I would be hunting that kid down…

  7. I thought about speed bumps as well Julie, but I envisioned a car doing 100 hitting one and sailing into someones house. I think a light is the only solution. They have had police patrolling that intersection arbitrarily since the first collision…but they are never there late, when this stuff occurs. I sent my best wishes to Malcolm. He’s still in the Hospital with injuries to his chest. He is the nicest man. A retired Air Force worker…just trying to have a good life. If this was our Father, I would be hunting that kid down…

  8. I thought about speed bumps as well Julie, but I envisioned a car doing 100 hitting one and sailing into someones house. I think a light is the only solution. They have had police patrolling that intersection arbitrarily since the first collision…but they are never there late, when this stuff occurs. I sent my best wishes to Malcolm. He’s still in the Hospital with injuries to his chest. He is the nicest man. A retired Air Force worker…just trying to have a good life. If this was our Father, I would be hunting that kid down…

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