Ottawa stunt driver kills Mom and Dad
The title says it all. I struggled a bit with it. I did not want to give that individual any “credit” for what he has done but rather draw attention to what is becoming a very dangerous occurrence on our streets. Leo Paul and Sherry Regnier are dead. And they were killed by Simon Banke. Saying that it did not need to happen does not even come close to what needs to be said about this. It could have been anyone. It could have been you. Or me. I have stood at that bus stop waiting for a bus. How many of you have done the same? That really does not matter but might bring it closer to home for those that have. This punk, idiot, A’hole, jerk was trying to be “something” and instead ended up killing two people. And also in the process stripped three children of their parents. What was it? The thrill of a skid? A Need for Speed drift turn? Was he a video game junkie and thought he could pull it off for real? Or was he just a drunk kid with too much power? I do not know. What I do know is that this murderer has also ended his own life. How many people and families have been affected by this on both sides? The charges he is/and will be facing will almost certainly result in most of his life spent behind bars. There is no happy ending here, but perhaps there is something that can be learned from it. What needs to change to stop this from happening?
Do we need to ban video games? Are the driving games like “Need for Speed” responsible for people thinking they can drive like maniacs and not hurt anyone? Or are we placing the blame in the wrong place? Why do we need vehicles capable of doing 0-60 in 2.6 seconds on our streets? Seriously for most of us, aside from the odd journey on a highway, we only need something that can go 40-80km. Next time you see an add for a car pay attention, how many times do they mention how fast it can go, how well it handles corners. The car involved in the aforementioned “accident” is a high performance car and belongs on a race track and not on city streets. That idea is going to cause some debate. Good.
On a radio program this morning it was also the topic in part, bad drivers. 100’s are killed every year by bad drivers. Speed is a factor in many cases, as is alcohol. Seems to me there is a simple solution. Every vehicle is equipped with a Breathalyzer and if you have been drinking then the car won’t start. I’m sure with a simple addition to the “computers” or GPS system available today cars can be “forced” to travel at or below the speed limit. We as a Society do not really need to be anywhere 4-5 minutes sooner and nothing is worth ending up dead, or killing someone, for kicks. What happened to these people is tragic, awful, and my heart goes out to the children who have lost their parents.
It was senseless. Just like this guy doing 140 km/h OVER the posted 80 km/h speed limit. What could possibly justify such a thing?
It does not have to happen again.
(picture by SCOTT TAYLOR Ottawa Sun)