I couldn't even think of a proper title for this post.....
How do you react when you find out that someone you knew casually - not a friend but someone you've met a couple of times through friends - died last night in a car accident?
You can't feel the loss, obviously, because you didn't know him well enough. It's slightly shocking but more strange.....to think that the live, walking, talking person is not there anymore. It's surreal.
I'd met the guy a couple of times at a friend's place. He liked to drive fast, a liking picked up from his friends who are professional rallyists. He was driving drunk and at very high speed when his car rammed head-on into a truck. The picture of the car is published in today's paper...it's nothing more than a mangled piece of iron & steel. Completely squashed. Like one squashes an empty can of soda.
He took with him two other boys - one 25 year old, the other 20. One of them belonged to a family that barely manages to make ends meet. He hung out with this guy because he had aspirations....he wanted to make his life better....wanted to experience things affluent kids can. He was the only son of his parents. His father died a few years ago.
This entire incident is so tragic, it's not even worth debating over the issue of drunk driving. The bottomline is three boys died last night.