a sad story.

yeah, no ironic or sarcastic title on this post. i came across this article in the ajc this week.

i won’t copy it all but the gist is this:

A 23-year-old man was stabbed to death Tuesday night in an apparent case of road rage, Atlanta police said.

Police said a man followed Anthony Newberry on northbound I-85, and then confronted him when he got off the interstate, authorities said.

Police Officer Steve Coleman did not know what prompted the initial episode between the two men.

Newberry’s family told WXIA that he was on his way to a friend’s house in Vine City. His 4-year-old daughter was scheduled to have her tonsils removed Wednesday morning.

i cannot imagine this. i am the father of an eight year old daughter and all week i have been trying to get my head around the idea of her waking up and finding out i am no longer around, because i was going to slow for someone on georgia 400.

i wish i knew why this happens. i wish i could find an easy answer like too much violence on television; too much red meat in our diet; an extra y chromosome; grand theft auto; something. because then at least we could do something about it.

but i don’t know that it is any of these or all of them combined. i just know that i can’t imagine getting so mad that i would want to kill someone over a driving error. we ALL do stupid things when we are in a hurry; i have and you have.

this is also why when someone is tailgating me i just try to move over at the first possible sign, or if i have inadvertantly cut somebody off i slow down and try to let them get ahead of me.

my pride isn’t worth making my kid fatherless.

my heart and my prayers go out to this family.

4 Comments so far

  1. Adel (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 8:30 am

    As much as some may disagree, i think its down to the parents and how good of a childhood these people had. Computer games nor movies make people into sick killers, whilst they may enhance it the actual will to do these things much have been developing from a young age in my opinion.

  2. Keachie (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 11:24 am

    Maybe the following story will reduce the problem and discourage the tailgaters. I agree with you about moviing over. We have a 12 mile stretch of two lane road through mountains with grades and turns. I pull over even if it means pulling into a driveway where I have to come to a complete stop.

    Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad trucks ?

    Great story ! The other day a guy driving an oxygen delivery truck who was sick and tired of his job and sick and tired of big monster pickup trucks tailgating him came up with a solution as he set out for his last run.

    He rigged up a release valve trigger for several of the large tanks, so that the resultant cloud of oxygen would go directly backwards into the grille of the offending truck.

    When the pure oxygen went into the air intake of the trucks he sucker-baited, the mix was so rich and powerful that the trucks blew up their engines. I heard he managed to blow up at least four or five before he ran out of oxygen. Being a good guy, he still made his deliveries to his patients of their normal requirements.

  3. Annie (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 9:18 am

    I agree with Adel – it comes down to good and bad parenting, with very few exceptions. People are either raised with a healthy respect for their lives and the lives of others, or they are not. And then, I also believe that we don’t punish this sort of crime strongly enough. This person should never be out on the street again.

  4. manunderstress (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

    Ah, then it comes down to this…how do we prevent future bad parents from having children? Seriously a difficult issue. As liberty loving as I am I still sometimes wonder if couples should have to pass IQ tests or some ‘good parenting’ exam before they reproduce. Yet there’s no good measure for sane parenting, and you don’t want the government involved in reproduction…what to do? In the short run, be very cautious in public, the maniacs are everywhere. Maybe we do all need guns.

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