Some sprogs can do no wrong in the eyes of their adoring parents.
Alf accordingly is not surprised to learn that good old mum is defending the driving of the teenage driver involved in a crash that killed a four-year-old boy.
Charges have been (or are to be) laid against the driver. Thus the courts will sort out what happened and how seriously the boy should be punished.
The background is reported in the HoS this morning, along with the driver’s parents’ defence of their offspring.
Ash Austin, 17, was driving a car that left the road and struck Nayan Samuel Woods, 4, and his brother Jacob, 6, as they walked along Linwood Ave in Christchurch with their mother Emma on Friday evening. Nayan was killed and Jacob was seriously injured.
Ash Austin’s parents have flown back to Christchurch from a holiday in Australia to support their son.
They deny their son is a boy racer.
They had to face widely reported accusations their son was a boyracer who lost control of a 1999 Nissan Silvia registered to his parents while “drifting” along the road.
“Of course they’re going to say that, but traffic would have been bumper-to-bumper,” said Brenda Austin.
“Simply, it’s a loss of control on a wet road.”
Hmm. Alf is apt to suspect that if you lose control in bumper-to-bumper traffic, you will probably smack into the car in front, and the damage will be minor.
Moreover, the driver’s mum did not actually see what happened. She can only parrot what her son has told her.
She said Ash had been driving home through rain in peak-hour traffic on a “greasy” road. “He just lost control.”
Alf must concede that TV3 did not see what happened, either.
But it did report what eye-witnesses claim to have seen.
The accident happened just after 5pm last night. Light was fading and the road slippery with drizzle.
Across the road, the Linwood Keas were at rugby training and witnessed the accident.
“I seen it skid out of the street and skid onto the grass, hit the lamppost then skid off and hit the children,” says Shane Alexander, “and then our team seen the mum get up and run around the car, so we all ran over there.”
“The car did this massive skid and hit the two kids and they went flying over the fence,” another team member told 3 News.
The driver turned onto busy Linwood Ave from a side street and police say he lost control in the wet conditions.
But witness reports of the car fish-tailing along the road have caused anti-boy racer campaigners to call for serious charges to be laid.
Among other quotes in the TV3 report:
“You can put any spin you like on it, that the road was a bit wet, but there was no other cars fishtailing down the road that night – so why is he the only one and he’s in a souped-up, lowered car with mag wheels.”
But okay. Let’s be generous.
Maybe he is not a boy racer and maybe the police are right to discount the possibility.
The stretch is known for boy racers. A witness suggested to ONE News it was another case of boy racing, but police have discounted that and are saying it is a case of bad-driving and that alcohol was not a factor.
So no matter what his mum might say, we are left with a case of bad driving that resulted in an innocent infant’s death.
Mind you, the parents of the driver are talking of getting legal advice.
In the upshot, their lad may well be sent home from the court with nothing much more severe than the proverbial slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket.
It’s great to have an adoring mum and dad. eh?