Wednesday, September 8, 2010

In A New York Minute

You hear this term all the time. Things change in an instant, in the blink of an eye. One minute you’re enjoying your Labor Day weekend, having a few beers and off- roading with a friend. Your little boy is strapped in his car seat in the back laughing and giggling as you bounce over rocks and bumps. And when you come upon a river, your judgment, clouded by alcohol, also clouds the possibilities of what could happen.  Below is something that happened in an instant

Sep 7, 2010... The California Highway Patrol says a 1-year-old boy has drowned after his drunken father drove an off-road vehicle into a river in the San Bernardino County desert. CHP spokesman Joaquin Zubieta says the Suzuki Samurai plunged Monday night into 9 feet of water in the Mojave River in Apple Valley. The driver had been off-road driving and was inching the SUV into the water when it plunged and rolled over. Zubieta says 23-year-old ______ and a 19-year-old passenger escaped but couldn't get ______‘s 16-month-old son out of the baby seat. ______ was booked for investigation of manslaughter and driving under the influence and remained jailed Tuesday. Apple Valley is about 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

  Don Henley wrote a song titled In A New York Minute. There is a line in that song which runs through my mind “Somebody going to Emergency, Somebody’s going to jail”. I pray for this young father and mother and for their unimaginable loss. I pray that the Peace of God be upon them. And I pray that if the father is like us that he find our fellowship.


  1. Horrible. I can't imagine how they are going to live with that for the rest of their lives.