Monday, December 27, 2010

Very Sad

This story is just so very sad and so needlessly tragic. Please , Please, Please don't drink and drive. My thoughts and prayers are with both families.

The ordeal has left both families grieving. Mr. Tobin, who is out on bail and barred from contacting most of his friends – including the victim’s family – doesn’t know whether he’s allowed to attend his best friend’s funeral.

“We cannot begin to describe our profound sadness as Alex and our son Jack have been the best of friends for many years. These two young men were very close. Alex’s tragic death is devastating for two families,” a Tobin family statement said, extending its heartfelt condolences to the Zolpis family.

Mr. Tobin, who is also 24, wept during a court hearing on Christmas Day before being released on $100,000 bail. He’s now confined by court order to his parents’ home in Manotick, Ont., near Ottawa, and is barred from drinking and from contacting most of his friends.


kursk said...

Unfortunately, an example needs to made here.

been around the block said...

Talk about a teachable moment. How very, very sad. Young Mr. Tobin will wish he could rewind the tape and make a different choice -- but, unfortunately, that's not possible.

I drummed it into my daughters that no matter how late, they needed to call me if they'd been drinking, or their friends who were driving had been drinking, and they needed a drive home.

There were a few middle-of-the-night calls when I had to drive, round trip, 50 kms to pick my daughter/s up. I was so grateful that it was me who was driving on the cold, dark night and not a drunken teenager. We often had pretty good conversations on our trip home.

They were girls, these were boys. Maybe it makes a difference. I don't know.

But, it's going to make a lot of people think long and hard about drinking and driving -- or not drinking and driving. Sadly, being privileged doesn't make one immune to tragedy. This poor young man has to live out this personal nightmare in the glare of publicity.

May God bless him, his family, and the loved ones of the young man who died. Rest eternal grant Alex Zolpis, and may light perpetual shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Kyrie eleison.

Anonymous said...

What I find interesting are the two conflicting stories of what happened. What was first reported from *sources*, purportedly onlookers/buddies at the scene, was the driver pulling donuts, the victim falling either out of the passenger-side door(?) or from the bed of the truck. Now the story is that the driver backed over the victim. Doesn't really matter how it happened, in the long run, Tobin's best friend is dead from a silly prank.

This is starting to smell like the Michael Bryant road-rage case where the official version changed almost overnight from what witnesses initially reported.

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