I’m trying to write a euology for an acquaintance that died over the weekend.
Sam Cassel was killed with Rhiannon Meier early Saturday morning by an allegedly drunk driver at Sunset and Gower. They died instantly when the driver ran a red light.
Sam was a friend of a friend. He was a bright guy who knew his stuff and had a bright career ahead of him.
It’s hard to know what to write without resorting to lofty, empty phrases. They were too young, too smart, too beautiful to deserve such a fate.
But then again, no one deserves such a random and brutal end. No family deserves to get that phone call.
Driving around in our crumple-zone infested, air-bagged cars, it’s easy to forget the inherent dangers of driving around multi-ton vehicles in close proximity to each other. We weave in and out of traffic, impatient to get around slow people and hurrying along in our lives.
But it is dangerous, and it does kill a lot of people every year.
Don’t drink and drive, and don’t speed and drive recklessly even if you’re sober. You’re playing a game not only with your won life, but the lives of everyone around you.