Right before I went to bed last night / this morning, at around 4 am, I received a headline news alert on my mobile phone from The New York Times. I was too tired to even read through the headline itself, but I do recall the two words that stood out: Boston and Bombing. All sorts of calamities happen all over the world everyday, and even though I suspected it might have been bad, the news I woke up to this morning was indeed a real shocker.
Whichever country you’re in right now, I’m sure you would have already heard about the explosion that took place at the Boston Marathon on April 15. While US law enforcers are still in search for the people behind the bombings, the current figures state that at least 3 are dead and over 140 injured.
It really makes me so sad to know that I am here, so safe and protected, while there are hundreds of families in the US that are overwhelmed with panic and devastation right this second.
Just how heartless can people get? You’d think that love and compassion are innate characteristics in every single human being, but events like this just prove otherwise. No guilt? Don’t they think about the little kids and innocent lives before doing something so extreme as this? Has our society become so numbed to that one emotion that makes us human – that thing called ‘love’?
Already feeling disturbed by this news, I came across this piece of local news, which made me so pissed. As I said on Facebook, “I don’t know which is more saddening: terrorists killing innocent lives because of their flawed beliefs or downright stupid drunk drivers who have no regard for the safety and lives of others.”
Apparently, the driver was so drunk that he continued his crashing spree despite already causing so much damage and wreckage. After hitting the taxi, he drove on and hit a bus, drove on even further and I believe he hit another car before being stopped at the traffic junction.
This driver needs to have his license revoked and boy do I hope he get one helluva punishment for his stupidity.
*UPDATE: This post was originally written at 7:30 pm (EST). I am updating this now at 10:42 pm (EST).
When I first came across the video on the Mercedes crash at Bugis, the online source mentioned that the driver was drunk at the time of the accident. Later sources such as Singapore’s national newspaper, The Straits Times, are now claiming that the driver had in fact fainted at the wheel when he crashed into the taxis and the double-decker bus. Of course, The Straits Times is a more reliable source, so I apologise for the wrong information and my very disrespectful words earlier with regard to the accident.