As Emily said yesterday, there’s a lot of conflicting feelings about the accident that occurred early yesterday morning involving Ryan Dunn and a passenger after a night at the bar. As y’all are probably aware, Dunn and his passenger ended up dead.
Critic Roger Ebert took to his Twitter account to throw his two cents in and stated:
“Friends don’t let Jackasses drink and drive.”
Naturally, Ebert caught some flak, especially from Dunn’s friends, and even Perez Hilton, who’s staff said on his website that it was too soon for such a joke. Ebert responded by saying:
“Perez Hilton’s readers agree with me and not with Perez about my tweet on Ryan Dunn. He drank, he drove, 2 people died.”
OK, so take a breath: let’s examine the preliminary findings. Police say speed was a factor in the crash, and that Dunn may have been doing upwards of 110 mph on the highway in West Chester, PA. A highway where there were more than likely other drivers present. Probably, like, dads and stuff on their way into Philly or New York or something to start Monday’s workweek. Anyway. Moving on – though police haven’t *officially* ruled that drinking was a factor in the crash, photos have been posted through various medias saying that prior to the crash, witnesses saw that Dunn had ingested at least six alcoholic beverages: three drinks and three shots. There are photos over at TMZ depicting a lot of what went on in the two hours before Dunn wrecked his car.
So YES, this is someone’s son, husband, boyfriend, friend, brother, whatever. YES, it’s completely tragic, and there was also a passenger involved who was also probably many of these things and that makes it even worse. But just assuming that alcohol MAY HAVE played a part in this horrific crash, I’m going to say: these are the things that happen when you – or your friends allow you to – get behind the wheel after drinking. I’m way sorry to Dunn and passenger’s family, and all in all, they are the ones who will suffer the most, but I am RELIEVED that if all of this drinking IS the case, that no others were harmed because of a really, really bad decision.
Ebert may or may not have made his quip too soon – after all, Dunn isn’t even cold in the grave yet – but on the whole, I agree with him if drinking and driving was what ultimately caused this accident. Because sorry, three drinks and three shots are enough to impair anyone’s driving, let’s not pretend.