Friday, October 20, 2006

Stories from the 21st century (1): Holy Innocents

From the CNN homepage:

Prosecutor: Suicidal, text-messaging teen kills woman

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- A lovesick teenage girl drove into an oncoming car in a suicide attempt that she counted down "8, 7, 6..." in a text message to the female classmate who spurned her, authorities said. The teenager survived but a woman in the other car -- a mother of three -- died.

Louise Egan Brunstad, 16, was charged Thursday with felony murder. Prosecutors said they intend to try her as an adult. If convicted, she faces an automatic life sentence.

"She was actually counting down her imminent threat: 'Nine, eight, seven, six ... I'm going to do it,"' said Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

Authorities said Brunstad rammed her family's Mercedes-Benz head-on into a smaller Daewoo driven by 30-year-old Nancy Salado-Mayo, who was killed. Salado-Mayo's middle child, Lesly, 6, was in a child safety seat and was treated for fractured ribs and other injuries.

Brunstad, who was treated for an ankle injury, had told friends she planned to kill herself after another female student at Holy Innocents Episcopal School refused to have sex with her, Howard said. (...)


Don said...

New York Times. Lemme think. I've heard of it, but where?

OK, have it now. Wasn't the Times the rag which disappeared behind a firewall and was never heard of again? I think so....

Don said...

A lovely story, this. Note that this spoiled scion of a privileged family (Mercedes don't come cheap) deliverately drove into a Daewoo (as opposed as into a wall, a light pole, or off a bridge).

The Daewoo (which is slightly less well-built than a Mercedes and perhaps half the weight apparetnly came apart like a toy train and a member of the lower classes was killed and her 6 year old son severely injured.

Quite right. Only a revoltingly declasse entity would be caught dead in a Daewoo (quite literally in this case). The Mercedes saved human life - what was in the Daewoo was not worthy of consideration.....