November 12, 2003
Suicide by SUV
Monday, on the way home, I passed by a small SUV that had collided dead-center into an immovable steel powerline pole. The truck was unrecognizable it had hit the pole so hard.
I was intrigued by the accident because it seemed extremely odd that the driver would just happen to hit that pole, the only one on the entire road, and at such an odd angle, nearly perpendicular to the direction of travel.
Turns out, tragically, that a local high school student had chosen to end his life.
Over the course of the last couple days, flowers and handwritten notes have built up around the pole from teenagers trying to understand. I can only imagine their sadness and confusion as they try to rationalize our species' ultimate act of irrationality.Posted by tat at November 12, 2003 08:15 PM