What was imagined to be a festive night of fun and cheer in Bakersfield, California was a nightmare Thursday night when the motive force of a white Ford F-150 crashed into the group waiting for the town’s annual Christmas parade to start, running over three people. The victims were taken to the hospital for his or her injuries and are reportedly in stable condition, although the extent of their injuries is currently unknown, Bakersfield Now reports.
In line with witnesses, the 72-year-old driver was indignant that the road was closed for the parade and drove his truck in reverse through an alley, first hitting a food cart after which driving into the group. After hitting a wall, the motive force reportedly got out and attempted to fight the cops responding to the crash. Police were in a position to arrive quickly on the scene because a big group of them were already in the world preparing for the Christmas parade that was originally scheduled to start about half-hour later.
Officers arrested the motive force, who was suspected of being drunk on the time, although whether or not he had been drinking has yet to be confirmed. As emergency crews responded to the scene and started treating the victims, organizers reportedly initially announced that the parade could be canceled. Ultimately, though, the beginning time was only delayed until it might be rerouted to avoid the world.
As seen within the comments on Vice Mayor Andrae Gonzales’s Instagram post regarding the incident, the choice to proceed the parade proved to be controversial, as several commenters complained that doing so was disrespectful to the families who witnessed the crash and insensitive to the victims.
Sadly, incidents like this are far too common within the U.S., the one developed country on the earth where roads proceed to get more dangerous. Unfortunately for all of us, changing the culture of drivers who expect that every thing and everybody should prioritize cars getting anywhere they need to go as fast as possible is an incredibly difficult task. It could actually be done, however it’s still going to take a whole lot of time, effort and money, in addition to an actual commitment from politicians to pass laws that may make our roads safer.
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