It always amazes me the things that people will say with the choice of anonymity on the internet. I was just doing a search on a young man I know who was recently killed in an automobile accident. On someone's live journal the obituary was posted. In the article it says that the 18 year old was passing a semi-truck when it lost control, clipped the truck and went off the highway rolling several times. The 18 year old was returning to BYU after a short weekend visit in Washington with his brother who is in the military and was being deployed shortly.
What I read in the comments of this livejournal was this:
Why did the parents let him go be independent at 18? At 18, you're still a baby! With not enough experience to drive and you hear about people like this. It's kind of irresponsible of the parents for letting him drive alone on a road trip like that from a state 3000 + miles away. (It's 800 miles - maybe this person needs a road map as well)
He took on too much for a teenager. I hope the parents learned a lesson about not letting their other kids drive irratically or alone.
It is painful that his own parents could do a search just as I did and would be subjected to this. Let me tell you the real story. Jaron was in fact 18. He was at BYU and found out that his parents were going to Washington to visit his brother for the short time he was there. His mother told him NOT to make the trip. He called her after well on his way and she asked if he was alone. He said no "that the Holy Ghost was with him". She was still not happy with him coming alone but since he was already coming that was that. They enjoyed a nice weekend together and on Monday morning he took his brother to the airport and began the drive back to Provo. On his cell phone an hour before the accident he told his mother he was going to drive for just a bit longer and then pull over and take a nap - he had been up late with his brother the night before. At 10am he fell asleep at the wheel. The truck driver saw his nodding head and followed the protocol that they have, slowed his vehicle as to slow other cars around him and create minimum accident. Jaron swerved in to the semi and then off of the road.
I just don't understand how people who know nothing about the details could gain satisfaction at blaming the boys parents. How quick we all can be to make judgements when we know little of the details.