It’s 1:30 in the morning on a dead end street. A sober 17 year old doesn’t see all the dead end signs and at only 70 kmh, he jumps the curb at the end of the road and plows into a light post and a car on the lot in front of BMW Canada. The Chevy Lumina the kid was driving had to be towed.
Now I get the stupidity of a teenager. I was a teenager and I remember crashing into things because I was going too fast. That was a rally driver wannabe on a winding, deserted road. BMW Canada and the adjacent dealership are very brightly lit and the road out front is almost 4 lanes wide. The court at the end of the street is gigantic. There are Dead End signs all the way down the road.
The kid was only travelling about 70 kmh which is about 43 mph for our American readers. How the hell does one lose control under these conditions? Obviously, the kid isn’t the brightest of bulbs, as his graduated license doesn’t allow him to be out driving after midnight without a fully licensed driver in the car. Even still, he wasn’t moving that fast for the area. He was clearly way over his head, or beyond the capabilities of the Lumina. Either way this kid needs help.
Poor driver training or stupid kid? I don’t have the answer, but I suspect that if we taught car control rather than just parallel parking, we’d have less of these daft incidents.
Source Durham Region News