Death no matter how it occurs, is sad, heart wrenching and terrible. Death at any age is the same. About ten years ago, I watched my father die as he was taken off life support after a serious stroke that left him without any faculties other than his heart beating because of the oxygen being pumped into his lungs.
But, we all find that premature death caused by some accident which could have been prevented, often more heart wrenching.
In 2010, Alex Zolpis was killed in an accident that involved alcohol. At the time, John Tobin, the son of the former Premier of the Province of Newfoundland, was operating a motor vehicle while impaired and ended up killing Mr. Zolpis. Zolpis was a friend of John Tobin’s.
Recently, in an Ottawa, Canada courtroom, Tobin plead guilty to Impaired Driving Causing Death. Tobin, who is only 24 years old, faces substantial jail time when he is sentenced on August 4, 2011.
Tobin claimed he had only one drink, but when a breathalyzer test was performed on him by Ottawa Police, he blew over twice the legal limit.