Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Most denizens of So Cal are at least peripherally aware of the tragic death of the wildly popular Orange City Council Member, Steven Ambriz, in a head-on collision at the hands of a drunk driver. The driver, Sara Ward, happens to be Mrs TWC's cousin and has been charged with manslaughter.
Apparently Sara left work at 4:00. by the time of the collision, roughly an hour and a half later, her driving had become erratic enough that several motorists called 911 to report a drunk driver. The cops were actually en route to investigate but were too late to prevent tragedy. I'm curious how anybody gets that hammered that quickly.
So what are the odds that anyone will be charged with manslaughter over the course of a lifetime? Frankly, I'm not sure, but I'll bet hard green cash that the odds are slim.
So how about this? What are the odds that anyone will be charged with manslaughter twice in a lifetime. Infinitesimal comes immediately to mind. Yet, as it turns out, this is Sara Ward's second time around the block on a manslaughter charge.
The circumstances of the original are murky and her immediate family has gone to great lengths to portray her as an innocent victim caught up with some bad people in an oddball circumstances. Although she claims she was not a participant, the gist is that Sara and her two friends beat the crap out of a middle aged woman in a fight over a parking space at the grocery store. The woman was knocked to the ground and died of head injuries from the fall.
Yeah, doesn't paint an attractive picture, does it? Sara was underage at the time but was tried and convicted as an adult. She maintains that she did not assault the woman and, that could be true. She served some of her sentence and presumably was paroled.
Mrs TWC and Sara were not close. There is an obvious reason for that. We haven't seen her since she was 14 or so. But it brings about a certain abject sadness that a life can go so utterly wrong. That choices and circumstances can work so absolutely against some people. I'm not big on luck but I know lots of sleazy people who seem to manage to keep one quick side-step away from exactly these kinds of disasters. Then again, some people are just catchies.
As Mrs TWC said, she was such a sweet little blond girl with a bright smile. Seems like she was awfully shy as I recall, but I might be thinking of someone else. Sara was the obviously neglected youngest child of divorced parents and there is a story there too, but it's a little vague. Suffice it to say that good parenting is likely to have some bearing on the choices people make as adults.