Street Racing in Prince George’s County Md.

Some people just don’t get it.  I was reading the Washignton Post  this morning and came across this piece about the drag racing incident that left 8 people dead.  Police are estimating that there were at least 200 people (men, woman and children) on the side of route 210 highway to watch this illegal drag race.

 It is one thing for adults to put their lives in danger, but what bothers me the most about this story is that some of the adults had their children out on an open highway where the speed limit is 55.  Not only is that reckless; but it is selfish to put a child in harms way. 

Now some of the family members of the deceased still don’t want to admit that their loved one’s participation in illegal activites played a part in their deaths.  One grandfather had this to say:

Several relatives of victims of the Feb. 16 crash criticized police for focusing on street racing. They do not blame racing for the deaths of their loved ones.

“All you hear about is them looking for people who were at the race. They didn’t cause the problem,” said Ervin Gardner Sr., 61, whose son, Ervin Gardner Jr., 39, of Oxon Hill, was killed in the incident. “People have been street racing for years, and they know how to do it safely.”

I am sorry for Mr. Gardner’s loss, but his grandson was a grown ass man and knew the risk of standing on the side of a busy highway to watch people race.  I don’t care if people have been street racing for 100 years, it is illegal!!  What part of illegal don’t these people understand??

Even though the 8 deaths of the spectators was caused not by the 2 cars that were racing, but by another motorist who was taken off guard of the people standing all along the highway.  He was not drunk; nor impaired.  He was driving on a suspended license and this individual should be penalized for that infraction, but he should not be charged with the deaths of these people who made a decision as adults to put their own lives in danger by participating in illegal activity.

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3 Responses

  1. You know Native Son,

    It’s easy to pass judgment when somebody’s loved one dies. But in my honest opinion, it’s good sometimes to just not say anything. His family could stumble up on this post and really be steaming with you.
    Plus, a newspaper reporter did the same thing you are doing when my friend died in motorcycle accident 4 years ago.

    I’m sorry. It just hit home. The only comments we should have at times like this is that we are praying for the families involved.

    Very tragic for all parties involved.

  2. Hey Zack:

    Not passing judgement; just staing facts. Drag racing on public streets are illegal. People gathered around a very busy highway here in MD, some with kids to watch this take place. When you put yourself in this type of situation the risk of accident go sky high.

    My paryers go out to the fmailies for their loss, but if they can make comments in newspapers that I don’t agree with, then I can respond.

  3. Hi, I’m from PG and I just discovered your blog… I’m glad to read intelligent discourse about our area. I discovered your page through the article about the Blvd . . .

    Looking forward to more of your writings.

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