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People make me fucking sick.

Seriously... Human nature is not all it's cracked up to be. You watch TV and you hear all these "hero stories" about how someone risked their life to save someone else. What fucking bullshit. For every one of those stories, I'm betting that there are at least ten other stories about how some fucking scumbag risked or ended someone else's life just so they wouldn't take a fall, lose some money, get busted, or even look stupid.

Friday night, a scooterist and his girlfriend were heading home from some rally events. They were hit by a drunk driver. The girlfriend, miraculously, is ok. The guy is not. He's in the hospital. He has numerous heinous injuries which I don't need to go into here. I just got an email that his condition is most likely getting worse. Not better. Also in the email was the information that the guy that hit them tried to flee the scene on foot. Fortunately, he was caught. Unfortunately, I can pretty much guarantee that he won't get what he deserves.

This is not, by any stretch, the first (or second, or even third) incident I've heard of where a scooter has been hit and the person has taken off.

How in the holy living fuck can someone do this? How can you take off, not even knowing if you've actually KILLED someone??? It totally blows my mind. Those who know me know that I generally do not like people. Most people, in normal situations, seem to like (or at least pretend to like) their fellow man way more than I do. Yet, even I can't even remotely fathom thinking for a split second about leaving someone for dead like that.

In one incident, a friend of mine was hit in downtown Phoenix. The guy tried to take off. He dragged her and her bike for 1/4 of a mile before she managed to free herself. Shortly after that, he stopped. Badly injured, she breathed a sigh of relief thinking that the guy had finally come to his senses and was stopping to help. No. He was stopping to get what remained of her bike unlodged from the front of his car so that he could keep going. She came REALLY close to dying that night and he knew it well. He looked right at her lying in the street. He had plenty of time to consider his options. He chose to leave.

Whatever happens to these people in the legal system is, in my opinion, not enough. If your actions demonstrate such a clear disregard for someone's life that you just ruined, then yours should be ruined as well. From now on, I'm going vigilante on these people. The next person who hits one of my friends and tries to get away with it is going to meet the shiny chrome bumper of a Nissan Frontier at about 35 miles per hour. Ever see the movie Christine? When the car cornered that thug against a wall and then bisected him, width-ways?

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prd
Jul. 9th, 2002 02:23 pm (UTC)
You speak the truth Steve. Little Joe and I were hit in Phx once. The guy made a u-turn from the right lane in front of us. I nailed him with my scooter. joe flew over the back, while I slammed right into the drive side of the car. My arm broke his back driver side window and the scooter put a huge fucking dent on the driver side. The guy didn't even slow down. He just took off. This was before Little Joe carried a small arsenal with him. I guarantee that scenario could never happen again. This is the only time in my life where I wish I had a gun. Then he wouldn't have gotten away...
(Anonymous)
Jul. 9th, 2002 02:28 pm (UTC)
Driving along.. thinking about Britney's Tits
and then outta nowhere is this maniac on a 40+ year old death drap on two wheels. WHAM. Holy Shit. I hit that freak. Oh my god. My life is OVER.

OVER

Can you dig it?

You've just hit somebody - personally - this ain't no fender bender. Insurance cards are not going to get passed around. A person on a bike is essentially a highly mobile pedestrian. They have no armor. No crumple zones. There's a highly high percentage chance that they are fuckola'd dead or going be and you've killed them.

Blind panic ensues. Combined with a bit of denial driven ANGER. How dare that guy get hit by me without protection.

WAIT. THAT'S INSANE

Yes, true true brotha. It is insane.. but it's different from the position you pose. You imply general uncaring and disdain for the other person. I don't think that's whats happening in this situation. Sure it occurs in some of them.. but I bet allot of them on any given sunday are as standup & reasonable as anybody else.

Me I'd like to think I'd stop and drop and do whatever I could to help the hurt.. but at the same time I can glimpse the terror they must feel and appreciate the desire to run away and pretend it didn't happen. You're a good person and you don't do bad things, but in this world of distractions you were paying attention for a second and something allot smaller and more manuevarable (i.e. unpredictable) than your trusty K-car suddenly materialized under you bumper and you you're a bad guy, you've done a bad thing and you're fucked.

It's easy as heck to judge, bet it rocks on hard as hell to live through.. good, settled, balanced and in the groove one second and bad, freaked out, fucked and a murderer in the next. It's way more than "do I stop or not".. it's how quickly I can resolve this fundemental shift in self perception too. Not saying this excuses anything in the least and trying hard to avoid (and failing) pointing out that hurling flesh along at 50mph outside of the saner & safer inclosures of a CAR is inherently careless to begin with. People who scoot and motorbike frequently get way more fucked up in fender benders than the folks in the cars.

It's wrong to leave the scene. It's way wrong to abandon a fellow to their fate when you know you can help. but it needs to be acknowledged that staying isn't *easy* - might be better to focus on the heroes that can step up to their fear and act selflessly in that situation, then those, who, frightened, in shock and denial, flee.

I don't think most of them are evil.. some are to be sure.. but in an accidental death, like these, the survivors are often victims too.
vespa59
Jul. 9th, 2002 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Driving along.. thinking about Britney's Tits
Well there, esteemed coworker of mine (your comment was logged from the IP of our office's router) who chose not to put a name to their extraordinarily FUCKED point of view which, if I'm reading this right, basically says "People aren't necessarily bad just because they let fear get the best of them, and it's also not totally their fault if you die because it was your choice to ride a motorcycle", it appears that your definitions of "good" and "evil" differ from mine vastly. See, you can go through your life living a long series of "any given Sunday" over and over and appear, from those experiences, to be a stand-up guy. But that alone doesn't really prove anything about one's character, does it? It takes a situation like this where all the pressure is on, the panic is cranked up to eleven, and the stakes are life changing to see what someone's true human nature is. I'm saying that if you run, you're a fucking evil, pathetic, waste of skin. Period. If you can't summon the common sense and decency enough to see through all this stress and fear and do the right thing, then fuck you. You don't deserve simple, self-centered existence you've been given.

Further, you have zero right to claim that travelling by motorcycle is careless anymore than an SUV owner has the right to say that you travelling in a Honda is careless. By your logic, anyone travelling in anything less than a HumVee is "careless". How about if, instead of trying to desperately grasp at some terribly inadequate way of shifting blame to the victim on the motorcycle, people just learn to accept when they are at fault, admit it, and accept the consequences of their own carelessness? Fat fucking chance.
modernpoverty
Jul. 9th, 2002 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Driving along.. thinking about Britney's Tits
can I just say AMEN?
(Anonymous)
Jul. 11th, 2002 09:43 am (UTC)
Re: Driving along.. thinking about Britney's Tits
Wow. There's the textbook definition of an emotional reaction combined with a touch of rabid biased zealously. Neato. And you completely either missed or in your emotional state couldn't see my point which was explicitly stated repeatedly throughout: That (in contrast to your apparent point that people are evil and worthless) was that people are just human. The minor point that putting unarmored flesh on the outside of a vechile incapable of remain upright wihtout assistance from it's rider wasn't that important to me - such that if you want to go off on a SUV rant.., party on I won't try to defend that one. (btw: I rid myself of my S.imply U.seless V.echile 8 months or more ago.)

Finally, no.. I, your so-called "esteemed" coworker and sometime friend (although given the vehemence with you react to me when I play devils advocate and the fact I apparently didn't make the cut for your 'party' - maybe I overstep myself in that assumption) chose not to put his name to his comment cuz he cancelled his LJ account a week ago as you might have noticed since I dropped off your friends list when that occurred.

-Fletch
modernpoverty
Jul. 9th, 2002 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Driving along.. thinking about Britney's Tits
oh my gawd, remind me to never drive in the same city as you. basically it sounds like you're saying the following: "well, I make a lot of mistakes driving and I get distracted really easily so if I make a mistake you had better hope you're not in my way." ok then! so I guess it was my fault that the dude that hit me ran a red light? was it that girls' fault that the dude dragged her for 1/4 mile? pardon my garden, but I think you are dead wrong here.
jqmark
Jul. 9th, 2002 02:57 pm (UTC)
Hospital
Heard about those kids that got hit hope he gets through it OK. I don't know him but could have easily been anyone on the ride or at anytime.
He's got my best wishes.
vespa59
Jul. 9th, 2002 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Hospital
hey... who are ya, man?
jqmark
Jul. 9th, 2002 09:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Hospital
WUSSY 26 i was riding the beat up blue 79 P200e.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 9th, 2002 03:24 pm (UTC)
here in florida, also known as "old fuckville full of 90 year olds driving brand new cars who don't know the gas from the brake" who kill and maim with the excuse that they were confused...no excuses, not ever...to leave anyone you might have hot...for fuck's sake we stop for dogs and cats but not for ourselves...sadly mankind has become a disposable commodity...we'll keep good thoughts...
(Anonymous)
Jul. 9th, 2002 11:42 pm (UTC)
People
The justice system sucks, there's no two ways about it. In the majority of states, it is a misdemeanor offense to hit someone and kill them. That's not even worth one year in jail, if that. That is for taking someone's life. It is unbelieveable. Why people murder the conventional way is beyond reason. Just mow them over in a car, the crime ain't so bad, not like a pesky murder rap. Sure, you'll have to go to court, but it's not a felony. Vehicular Manslaughter is a big, impressive word, but there is no punishment to the crime.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 10th, 2002 03:06 pm (UTC)
Hey Steve, PRD, good to see you guys.

Just doin my randome bi-yearly check in. SO sorry to hear about the wreck this weekend. Thoughts go out to the victims, most assuredly one of which is NOT the driver of the car....

Other than that, chin up, hope to see you in Denver in a couple weeks. I'll be flying in myself. Did you hear Imoved? Brooklyn, NY. Crazy.

BD
vespa59
Jul. 10th, 2002 03:11 pm (UTC)
HOLY SHIT. Big Dave in the house!

I heard you moved and saw your mug and your bike in some New York rally pics. Hope you lovin' it up there. I'm gonna do some sort of east coast visitin' after the summer, so I'll look you up. Send me your email address...

Not gonna make it to Denver (again). Too many other irons in the fire at the moment.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 11th, 2002 01:38 pm (UTC)
Frontin' All Hard n' Shit
Damn, I just start checking shit out and randomly seeing what the hell people respond to Steve's well justified rants, and TAD-DAWWW Big Dave is smack dab in the middle of it. Nice to see that you still be keepin' it real n' shit. Still Wess Coasss be da Besss Coasss. Maybe someday you'll learn, silly rabbit.

Volkswagen 5000 G,
Pablito Sachelari
(Anonymous)
Jul. 12th, 2002 09:59 am (UTC)
who said anything about Britney's Tits?
Hey,yo...Mr AnyGivenSunday...

Until you have had to witness the plug being pulled from life support systems from a person hit and left by some waste of DNA, over and over again, and watch families completely fall apart because of it...you're argument to Steve's original post holds no water...zip, zilch, nada, bupkis...it's all about accountability, a word which sadly,most humans, from our elected officials on down (and I'm being generous referring to most of them as human) have chosen to ignore.

Simply stated, these wasteoids are gutless, fucking cowards.

Keep a fire for the Human Race

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