Lucky to be alive

This is a particularly egregious case of Silly First Name Syndrome. It isn’t any wonder that he was distracted with the large amount of bad karma travelling with him in the same vehicle. I’m not surprised at all. It almost sounds like he trying to hit the train.

A man accused of the manslaughter of his four-year-old son after allegedly driving around a barrier arm and into the path of an 800-tonne goods train told police he was “distracted”, a court as heard.

Alan Stephens, 39, unemployed of Runsiman [sic], south of Auckland, appeared in Pukekohe District Court today charged with reckless driving causing manslaughter and three charges of reckless driving causing injury.

Crown prosecutor Kevin Glubb said in his opening statement that Stephens had left home in his Silver Mitsubishi Mirage mid-afternoon on February 20 with his three children – Shannyne, 6, Tray, 4 and Holly, 2 – and his niece Nakita, 12.

All except Nakita were wearing seat belts.

When Stephens approached the railway intersection at Paerata, near Pukekohe, he did not stop at the barrier arms but drove around them, he said.

“That took his vehicle directly into the path of the oncoming freight train,” Mr Glubb said.

Still the slaughter and the injuries continue and no one except this blog does anything about it.