What would you do…if you have to drive a group of wet kids home from a nearby public pool—and you have alcoholic biochemistry (TAR Lite # 33)
1. Dry them off and put towels on the seats before letting them in the car?
2. Ask the pool attendant for some towels to dry them off first?
3. Wait until the kids were air/sun-dried before letting them get in the car?
4. Make the kids ride on the hood and trunk of the car, sparing the inside?
Congratulations if you selected # 4, which is exactly what Kisha Young, 39, did with the six youngsters, ages 8 to 14. After Young took a corner too fast, they were all flung onto the road. She was so hammered she didn’t even realize the kids weren’t on the car until she drove another block, when she turned around, panicked. Four of the kids were seriously injured, and one—her own daughter—later died. Young was arrested for DUI and intoxication assault, with further charges (such as manslaughter) likely.
The addiction-aware know that whenever we shake our heads and ask “What was she thinking?” and we connect the behaviors to heavy drinking, we can diagnose alcoholism.
Hopefully a judge will connect the dots for her and, if the world is lucky, she’ll get and stay sober. Unfortunately, that will be too late for her daughter. The addictionologist in me wonders how many opportunities there were for family, friends and the law to intervene before this ultimate tragedy occurred.