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A man walking home after his 55th birthday party because friends and family believed he was too drunk to drive was struck and killed by another vehicle.

http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/1108BirthdayFatality08-ON.html

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The guy was pissed as a newt and walking in the road in the middle of the night and they still might press charges on the driver? [Confused]

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Why did they let him walk home, anyway? "Friends and family" will generally offer a ride or call a cab. Or they should, anyway. I know I would.

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They didn't let him walk - he apparently wandered out saying he was going for a smoke and took it upon himself to stagger home. It's a sad story but it strikes me that it's nobody's fault but his own...

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I'm sorry I have no sympathy for the man. A place for him to stay was arranged and if he really didn't want to stay he could have asked his friends or family for a ride and I'm sure if there had been any sober enough to drive they would have given it to him, there was no reason for him to walk home.

I feel alot of sympathy for his family and the poor woman who hit and killed him.

Good for them (friends and family) for not letting him D&D. He could have killed innocent people driving home in such an intoxicated state. It's tragic that he died, but not as tragic as it would have been if he had taken innocent people with him.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jay Tea:
The guy was pissed as a newt and walking in the road in the middle of the night and they still might press charges on the driver? [Confused]

Was she driving too fast? Something horrible happened due to the drunk man's behavior, but her breaking the law might have contributed to the horrible thing happening too. If she wasn't speeding, wasn't drunk herself or otherwise breaking a law, then it was an unfortunate accident.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jay Tea:
The guy was pissed as a newt and walking in the road in the middle of the night and they still might press charges on the driver? [Confused]

Well, drivers are generally expected to be avoid hitting pedestrians, even when they do stupid things.
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quote:
Originally posted by Wizard of Yendor:
quote:
Originally posted by Jay Tea:
The guy was pissed as a newt and walking in the road in the middle of the night and they still might press charges on the driver? [Confused]

Well, drivers are generally expected to be avoid hitting pedestrians, even when they do stupid things.
And the article didn't say he was in the middle of the road -- it said he was hit in the eastbound lane of the road. On a rural road with no sidewalks and a narrow shoulder, a pedestrian may have to walk on the edge of the road. The expectation is that a driver will steer around the pedestrian. Such roads aren't intended or designed for pedestrian traffic, but unless they're limited-access highways, pedestrian traffic is not prohibited.

Of course, since he was drunk, his behavior contributed to the accident. But as Ouwalawazoo points out, there may have been contributing factor's on the driver's part, too.

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quote:
Originally posted by happyfrog:
I'm sorry I have no sympathy for the man. A place for him to stay was arranged and if he really didn't want to stay he could have asked his friends or family for a ride...

I think the "being drunk" thing pretty much had to do with the poor decision making on his part to wander away. One bad decision on his part (wandering away, into the street; points though for not driving!) and SPLAT! street pizza.

I feel bad for all involved.

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