Tag: <span>佛山千花网</span>

Driven Mad With Worry

first_imgYou can’t save your son from dangerous roadsI am driven to distraction by my kid learning to drive.I just read a story online about a motorcyclist named David Sargent, 23, of East Quogue, driving his bike on County Road 39 past Magee Street at 7 AM on October 11, when he collided with a SUV driven by Jorge Velasquez, 60, of Riverhead, who was turning left into Suffolk Laundry.Sargent was pronounced dead at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.There were no arrests. It appears to be an accident.A young man’s life is over in a moment of unforgiving fate. The other driver lives forever with the memory. I asked myself: Do I really want to send my kid to driving school?I grew up in Brooklyn, where I rode the subways, hopped buses, and pedaled a delivery bike as a butcher boy. Deep into my 20s, whenever someone asked what I drove I’d say, “I have two cars: My left car and my right car.”I didn’t learn to drive a car until I took a job with the Los Angeles Herald Examiner at age 26, where my editor blew a gasket when I informed him on the first day on the job that the only thing I ever drove was a nail. And hammered my thumb.The Hearst Corporation paid for my driving school in L.A., and soon I was tooling down those mean streets I’d read about in Raymond Chandler novels and speeding the Santa Monica and San Diego freeways in a spanking new red Mustang for which the newspaper had co-signed the lease from Colby Ford.Now I have a son who is 19, has voted in his first election, a sophomore at an upstate college, and he still doesn’t have a driver’s license. If he’s gonna corkscrew north and south on the Taconic Parkway in the black-ice months of winter, I want him to learn from a professional driving school.They ain’t cheap.So, a few weeks back, I started comparative shopping for driving schools in the area where my son lives. Just when I settled on a driving school, I picked up the morning newspaper and read about a driving instructor in Suffolk County who had three teenagers, like my son, in his driving school car. And they suspected that he was as drunk as, well, a Supreme Court Justice.The kids didn’t need a breathalyzer to decide that Russell Cohen, 58, was zonked. They implored him to stop at McDonald’s in Centereach where they called 911. Cohen, angered that the kids were taking too long in McDonald’s, raced off with thousands of pounds of speeding steel in his fists like a heat-seeking missile.Cohen ended up rear-ending a 29-year-old female driver in Ridge where cops cuffed him for aggravated driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of the three teens. Only sheer luck saved that woman from serious injury or sudden death.This story filled me with dread.So did the story in the same week about five Boy Scouts walking on the shoulder of David Terry Road in Manorville when a confessed drunk driver named Thomas Murphy, of Holbrook, plowed into these kids who were filled with life, youth, and civic pride. One of the scouts, Andrew McMorris, 12, a seventh grader at Prodell Middle School, was killed by this drunk behind the wheel.Murphy’s lawyer read a statement from his client in open court taking full responsibility for his homicide. But little Andrew’s family will be drowning in anguish as kids in costumes ring their doorbell on Halloween, when they stare at an empty chair at their Thanksgiving table, and when they place one less gift this season under the Christmas tree. One imagines there will be tears instead of cheers on New Year’s Eve in the McMorris home as the ball drops.My son’s mother was almost killed as a teenager by a drunk driver. His aunt was killed by a drunk driver.These stories and memories made me want to buy my kid new sneakers and an Amtrak pass. Then I remembered covering a couple of horrendous train crashes in years past, one of which claimed the son of a dear friend.Even if my kid never touched a drop of booze before starting the ignition, these were the treacherous roads I was steering him onto by sending him to driving school.So, I hesitated.“Dad, c’mon, please, I gotta get my license,” my son said. I promised I’d call the driving school.Then came news of the horrendous limo crash killing 20 people in upstate Schoharie, NY when a driver with a suspended license raced down a steep hill, blew through a stop sign in a limo that had not passed inspection, and killed two people in a parking lot before detonating into a tree. Four loving sisters gone in an eye blink. Newlyweds who would never celebrate their first anniversary. All killed in reckless, mangled indignity.It evoked the horrible July 2015 limo crash in Cutchogue on the North Fork, in which a pickup T-boned the limo, killing four beautiful young women on a winery tour.Images of dead and mangled young people killed in automobiles flashed in my head.I hesitated calling the driving school again. But my son implored me to call. His lessons start next week.As soon as I booked the lessons, I read about the motorcycle colliding with the SUV in Southampton. I thought of canceling the lessons. But instead I grabbed my keys and climbed in my car and drove to [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Spanish La Liga Wrap: Getafe, Athletic Serve Up Thrilling Four-Goal Contest

first_imgGetafe and Athletic Bilbao played out a four-goal thriller as the former came from behind twice in their week 20 league clash played at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Friday night.The visitors took a 13th minute lead with a contender for the goal of the season from Inaki Williams but the home side bounced back eight minutes later courtesy a Jorge Molina penalty after Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Iago Herrerin was penalised for a foul in the box.Athletic went ahead again from the penalty spot after halftime through Raul Garcia before veteran striker Molina had his spot kick saved by the aforementioned Herrerin three minutes down the line thus missing a very good opportunity to level proceedings for his side following Herrerin’s foul on him.Getafe were however not to be denied as substitute Angel Rodriguez equalised for the home side with sixteen minutes left to earn them a share of the spoils.The draw was enough to take both Getafe and Athletic Bilbao two places up the table to 7th and 10th respectively.Getafe (27 points) leapfrog Eibar and Real Betis into 7th spot while Athletic Bilbao move past Celta Vigo and Girona into 10th place.RelatedLa Liga Review: Phenomenal Griezmann Scores Four As Atletico Cut Gap On Leaders BarcelonaMarch 1, 2018In “Europe”La Liga Wrap: Late Suarez Strike Denies Atletico; Ronaldo Scores First League GoalOctober 15, 2017In “Europe”La Liga Review: Real Betis Move Into European Places With Getafe WinApril 3, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more