(Toledo, OH) I have thought often over the last two days about the Griffin family of Parkville, MD, five members of which were killed by a drunk driver in a horrific accident on I-280 in Toledo Sunday night. Photos of the victims and the perpetrator of this tragedy have been released by family members and Toledo police, and we now can put faces to the names of the individuals.
As a parent, I just cannot fathom the pain and sorrow the surviving family members must be feeling over their losses. As a citizen of Toledo, I am saddened that this beautiful family had to be so traumatized just a few miles from my home.
In a way, I almost feel as though the Toledo area has some connection to these folks beyond being simply the scene of carnage and death, and I hope that Toledoans will join me in contributing to a fund for the family (details forthcoming).
Then, of course, we have the image of the much reviled Michael P. Gagnon, of Adrian, MI, the drunken imbecile whose wrong-way rampage on an interstate ended in the deaths of these innocent people.
Gagnon, described as "uncooperative and belligerent" when he spoke with police yesterday, managed to survive the crash with only minimal injuries, and was observed by accident witnesses walking around and complaining of jaw pain at the scene late Sunday night.
One can only hope that justice will find a way to serve itself on this repugnant human specimen, and that this senseless tragedy will serve some as yet unknown higher purpose.
And, Mr. Gagnon? I suggest that you at least learn how to fake remorse before your court dates, as belligerence does not play well with most judges. If you ever find your way out of prison in a few decades, I also suggest that you move far, far away, as your name will likely be anathema for many years to come 'round here.