The Baltimore Sun reports today on the tragic death of a Glen Burnie man who died after a car accident with an SUV being driven by an unsupervised teenager on a learner’s permit. Apparently, the at-fault driver, a nineteen-year-old who lived in Millersville, was driving on her learner’s permit with another 19-year-old.
This is the 19th fatal car accident in Anne Arundel County this year. Not every story gets a lot of attention. The angle the media is taking on this one is that the supervising driver was not old enough.
Easy narrative, but I doubt it would have made a difference here. Police said they had no evidence that drugs, alcohol or speeding contributed to the crash. Some people just don’t pay attention to where they are going. When this happens, people can die. If my mother and her spotless 50-year driving record had been in the car seat next to this young girl, I doubt it would have made much of a difference. The scary reality is what happened to this man could have happened to your kids or mine if they were in the same place at the same time in Crofton as this man tragically was on Sunday.
Ultimately, the best protection from this type of stupidity is the safest car possible. This leads to a very inconvenient truth: as awful as big cars are to our environment, they probably save lives.