Let's Not For a Second Pretend That Paul Walker's Accident is Anything But What it Really Is
12/4/2013 12:00 PM PST, by Sarah Taylor
Paul Walker, a confirmed passenger in an out of control car, is dead, and the autopsy results are in -- Paul Walker died from traumatic injuries sustained in the accident, as well as "thermal injuries," which essentially means that burning contributed to Paul's death.
To those condemning the prior related piece for being markedly insensitive: it's best to be unapologetically proactive in safety. There is no more.
Do you think that just because someone's paid to drive you around -- taxi, bus driver, chauffeur -- that you're going to arrive to your destination safely? Do you think that just because someone's a mechanic with experience in actual race car driving that they're always going to make the best decisions when it comes to ensuring the longevity of their life, let alone that of someone else's?
The whole culture needs to change. The texting while driving, getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the widespread rampant carelessness that ensues when people get behind the wheel of a car, whether it's a Porsche or a minivan. Cars are big, dangerous machines and taking light the responsibility that goes along with handling them is reckless at best, and extremely selfish at worst.
Stop. Stop with the excuses, stop with the justifications, and stop blaming everyone else. The blame only lies within our selves, whether it's choosing to engage in a potentially reckless situation or perpetuating one by saying nothing and watching one unfold. You won't always be the innocent bystander that luckily got away.
To the spectators, stop sifting through the ashes of Paul and Roger's wreck for a "souvenir." It's morbid. Car enthusiasts, quit organizing your spin-out memorial rides for Paul Walker -- it's counterproductive and it's dangerous.
Paul Walker's (and Roger Rodas') death is, by far, the saddest and most tragic accident to happen in the entertainment world this year. Two people involved in a violent accident are dead and their families are without their loved ones. Let's learn something from this.