It’s difficult to explain the behavior of even sober drivers. During a recent rainstorm, I saw professional truckers illegally using their hazard lights while motoring up I-75.
And on Ponce, after a different storm, motorists were treating a flashing yellow light like a four-way stop.
Driver education clearly ain’t what it used to be.
But drunk drivers really ramp up the tragic and bizarre.
In Texas, a drunk driver accused of killing a pedestrian was reportedly unaware he was driving around with the dead man in his passenger seat.
KTRK-TV in Houston, an ABC affiliate, reports James John Onak, 49, did not appear to notice a legless body was riding shotgun until police pulled him over and asked him to exit the vehicle.
Onak’s Mazda had “considerable front end damage,” presumably from hitting a 32-year-old man on I-45 whose car had broken down.
The body smashed through Onak’s windshield, police say, but he kept driving until police stopped him two miles down the road. He later told police he though he’d hit something, but wasn’t sure what.
The victim has not been identified.
Readers that have been around awhile may be reminded of a similar horrific event in 2004, when a drunk 21-year-old Cobb County man involved in an accident drove home with his beheaded friend’s body hanging out his pickup window. The driver was not aware of his friend’s death until a neighbor walking his 8-year-old daughter made the gruesome discovery early the next morning.