Anna Luskin's accident - can we learn from it?
Original post made by Paly Parent on Jun 30, 2007
I am sorry for starting a new thread, but I wanted to keep this separate from the tributes and I have already posted mine there.
As the very sensible young woman Anna was, I think she would feel the same. If there is any good to come out of her seemingly senseless death, it would be a warning to young drivers. We do not know exactly the cause of her accident but we do know it was a solo accident, not late at night. She was on a long drive, so fatigue probably played a part.
We do not know if she fell asleep at the wheel, was distracted by a cell phone, or music, or radio. Knowing Anna, I feel sure there were no drugs or alcohol involved.
So, to young drivers out there. You are not invulnerable. Accidents do happen to young drivers. The consequences can be devastating.
When we as parents say to you "be careful when you drive", don't use the phone, don't use your ipod, don't get distracted changing cds or radio stations, this is what we are afraid of. We do trust you, but it is not a matter of trust, it is that we want you to be safe.
Please, to all young drivers. Drive safely and take heed of Anna's accident as a warning to us all.
on Jul 1, 2007 at 5:45 am
Remembering what it was like when I was first driving, I think lack of experience can play a role. I don't know what the state is of driver's ed these days, or how good it ever was (it started after my time), but I think safety training should be a big part of it, not just teaching people how to parallel park. When we took water safety classes as kids, they drummed into us over and over about what to do and what to beware of, so it just became second nature.
Seeing the adults driving arund with cell phones and the cases of road rage, I have to think there is a lot of this needed. Not that for a minute I think the latter played a role in this fine young woman's situation.
on Jul 1, 2007 at 3:10 pm
I just wanted to mention a couple of things.
First, at the time she was driving, maybe the sunset, or twilight contributed to the accident. I have driven that stretch of freeway many times in the evening and the sunset can be an issue.
Then there can be sooo many things, including an animal crossing the roadway and that she tried to avoid.
The bottom line, is that no matter how attentive a driver is, there can be so many problems driving. Unfortunately road dangers combined with freeway speeds are very unforgiving.
We cannot jump to conclusions on what happened to Anna.
This said I second the above opinions: Don't drive tired, don't use your cell phone while driving, avoid all possible distractions, and don't go to fast... (and of course don't drive under the influence, I am sure Anna wasn't, knowing who she was).
on Jul 1, 2007 at 11:48 pm
She was going to be a sophmore in college....thats a possible 5 years of experience for her. The adults aren't invulnerable either. Anna was a very intelligent and caring person, and she will be missed nonetheless.