The Predator

People have been complimenting me about this photo left and right. A stranger even called me at the office to tell me how great it was. I told her thanks, and that I hoped I never have to shoot a scene like this again.
People have been complimenting me about this photo left and right. A stranger even called me at the office to tell me how great it was. I told her thanks, and that I hoped I never have to shoot a scene like this again.

I’ve seen my share of dead bodies in my 26 years shooting news, and today was another one of those occasions. This accident happened today a few miles south of Ada, not far from where Abby works. A teenage driver, going too fast, passed a large truck, colliding head-on with a full-size pickup. The driver of the pickup was killed, and had not been removed when I arrived. Her face had been covered by first responders with a pillow from the wreckage. Also in the pickup was a toddler, who apparently survived. The teen driver in the car had to be extracted, which took 15 minutes or more, and may not survive.

It always amazes me how much energy is stored up in our moving cars, then transformed into destruction in a fraction of second when they collide. The same is true, of course, for the lives of the people in the cars.

Death is a predator who loves to prey on our mistakes. Slow down, get off your phone, keep your eyes open and wear your seat belt.

When I was done shooting this scene, I called Abby and took her to lunch. It was nice being with her.

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