The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Monday, January 12, 2004

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A Sunnyvale man was about to go to bed, but decided to check his email. This was a good decision:

a speeding car crashed through the front wall of his house and landed on his bed about three feet away as he sat at his computer.

Somehow, the four people in the house, their five pets and the sleepy driver were all OK, if shaken. Matthew Wahlgren, the 22-year-old college student who was checking his mail as the gray Pontiac Grand Am slammed into the two-bedroom house, suffered nothing but a few scratches on an arm and his face.


`He was in the only 3-foot square area of the living room that wasn't destroyed,'' said his relieved father, Clay Wahlgren, 50. The family lives on Cypress Avenue, across the street from Fair Oaks Park.

Why did the driver go straight into the house? Was he drunk?

Wahlgren said his sons told him that the driver eventually woke up and went out in the front yard where the young men were.

``He dropped to his knees in a praying stance and said, `I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry,' '' Wahlgren said.

Police were on the scene quickly. ``We checked him for DUI and he was released,'' said Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Capt. Byron Pipkin. ``He had been working a lot lately and was really tired.''

Oh, he was just tired, so they let him go. This is nonsense: It should be unacceptable to drive while impaired for any reason, whether due to alcohol, drugs, or lack of sleep.



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