Friday, December 21, 2001

LIKE, WOW! Good ol' reliable Drudge -- always on the lookout for bizarre deaths in the news -- called attention to this tragically ironic story yesterday:

A car driven by 21-year-old Dwight Samples of Dona Vista, Florida, collided with another vehicle while he was drag racing at speeds in excess of 100 mph. By coincidence, the driver of the car he rear-ended was his mother, Diane Samples, 45, who had been driving around a friend to look at Christmas lights. Young Samples' head went through the windshield, but somehow he managed to avoid ridding the gene pool of his noxious presence, and he is listed in stable condition. Mom and her passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

Lt. Chuck Williams, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol, remarked: "It's bizarre. His mom was doing an act of kindness taking this lady around to see Christmas lights. You think the probabilities for a phenomenon like this are, wow."

I mention this story only because the probabilities for a phenomenon like this are like, actually, far from astronomical. Certainly, the odds were no greater that high school senior Laura Welch would run a stop sign in 1963, striking another car and killing the driver -- 17-year old Michael Douglas -- a classmate and reportedly her boyfriend at the time.

(Miss Laura Welch, of course, grew up to be Mrs. George W. Bush. Like, wow!)


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