Friday, May 25, 2007

Look Into The Mirror

The untimely death of a loved one is often difficult to understand and even more difficult to get over but Dean Hancock, the father of the St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Josh Hancock, who died recently in an auto accident might want to rethink his method of grieving. The younger Hancock was killed at the end of April when the vehicle he was driving slammed into the back of a tow truck on an interstate near St Louis and now the elder Hancock is suing everyone and their brother in some kind of misguided witch hunt.

At the time of the accident Josh Hancock was travelling 70 in a 55 MPH zone with a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit and he was talking on his cell phone when he slammed into the back of a tow truck that was parked alongside interstate 64.  Topping it off, Hancock wasn't wearing his seat belt and was also found to be in possession of Marijuana but Hancock's father insists that it could have been prevented.

Who is he blaming? In his just filed lawsuit, he is blaming the bar that provided his son with the drinks, the towing company whose vehicle was stopped on the side of the road with their yellow lights flashing helping a stranded motorist, and even the stranded motorist himself whom surely could have controlled where his car died so that it wouldn't have been in Handcock's way.  All that is missing from the lawsuit is the manufacturer of the car Hancock was driving because it should have been able to sense the impending crash and warned the driver and the St Louis Cardinals baseball team who should have known that Hancock was an alcoholic whom was a well know patron at the bar in question and therefore not allowed him to have any free time so that he couldn't have gone out and gotten drunk in the first place.

Personal responsibility is the backbone of our justice system but unfortunately in many cases like this, those looking for someone to blame often turn their anger in the wrong direction, maybe a mirror would be a better place to look...