Dennis Putnam dap1 at MINDSPRING.COM
Sat Sep 6 08:27:01 MDT 1997


At 08:15 PM 9/5/97 -0400, you wrote:
>Saw a clip on ABC Snooze.  The driver did not taunt the papparazzi,
>according to the tape from outside the Ritz; in fact, when the Benz left
>the hotel, no papparazzi were in sight.  From another snooze source: a
>motorist who was ahead of the Benz in the tunnel, said he saw, in his
>rearview mirror, a motorcyclist weaving in front of the Benz.
>Additionally, he said, he saw a flash (presumably of a camera); and,
>shortly therafter, he heard a crash -- by which time he was no longer in
>the tunnel.  Thus, according to snooze reports, while the driver was
>inebriated, that may not have been enough to cause the accident.  Most
>likely the actions of the papparazzi (with cycle and camera) were
>causatory.  I would imagine that, whether or not one is inebriated, a
>single camera flash, or rapid succession of the same, would adversely
>affect one's ability to steer a vehicle, especially one at high speed.
>No, I'm not an advocate of driving drunk.  I do wonder, though, what was
>this man's alcohol tolerance level.

I'm not sure of your point. You are saying that had the driver not been
legally drunk and not driving at speeds over 100 mph this would could
happened anyway because of the camera flashes? That the extreme speed did
not mitigate the damage but was only casually causal and the same deaths
would have occurred at 35 mph? The accounts I have are just the opposite
from yours, but then that is the media. I would suspect they are
backpeddaling on the cause of the accident because they fear being
criticized for attributing responsibility to the deaths.

As an aside there was a small side bar in today's Constipation and Urinal
about a boy that snuck out of a home for troubled boys, with others. He was
found dead with his head bashed in by a rock. The conclusion? According to
the AP writer, the cause was not the fault of his companions who admitted
doing it even though there was no riot going on at the time. Nope, the cause
was his "big mouth." Most of the article was apologizing for the murderers
and attributing the cause of death to the boy being a "smart-aleck." Once
again proving that assigning blame or responsibility for even the most
haneous crimes is to be avoided.

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