Des Moines Public Safety Officer 911

Now Hold ON

By David F. Brown, DMPD Retired

Now hold on everybody, talk about a rush to judgment.  It seems like everybody wants to go after this poor 18 year old illegal alien -Fernando Lopez Aguilar.  He was the one driving the car at a speed that could be conservatively described as highly excessive.  He ran a stop sign on the southeast side and hit another car and hit another car which ultimately hit another.  He was driving a car with brakes that he knew did not work.  He had an 8 month old infant in the back seat of the car.  His actions took the life of 12 year old Lea Phann.  He has caused a number of people to face the burden of massive financial hardship because he did not have insurance.  Not to mention the horrible feeling of loss that Le Phann's family is having to endure.  Five ambulances were called to the scene of the horrific accident he caused and wouldn't you know it, he is the only that wasn't hurt.

But what is so different about him than so many other drivers we have out on the street today?  They treat our laws as suggestions.  Speed limits mean absolutely nothing to them.  In actuality none of our laws mean anything to so many people today.  They view our laws as antiquated legislation that was created by antiquated people who are merely trying force a life style on them that they feel is oppressive to their style of life.  After all they have grown up being able to "live for the minute." No actually I should correct that, they live for the second, because that is actually how far they look ahead of them.

Their attitude is very simple and this is how they conduct their lives.  Simply put they feel that the law does not apply to them.    

This is what is out there on the road people.  We see it every day.  People driving well over the speed limit weaving in and out of traffic just because they cannot stand to be behind someone else.  They act like other motorist are either not there or have no place being on the street when they are.

Then when they get caught or become involved in an accident it is always someone else's fault.

Lopez Aguilar's girlfriend characterizes his actions as just a simple mistake.

For Lopez Aguilar to have inflicted this much carnage, both to people and property he had to have been driving like a bat out of hell.  His actions almost resemble a death wish.  That does not even come close to be a mistake or even poor judgment.  This was out and out criminal behavior.  But what the heck, he was having fun.

None-the-less we should not be condemning him.  Because after all he was having fun and we do not want to inhibit his freedom to just whatever he damn well pleases because we could hinder his creativity and we might lose a gifted artist or brilliant physicist or the next leader of the free world.  Regardless of how much their fun threatens our safety.  You cannot expect them to be accountable for their own actions when so many of you out there today feel that we should not be putting restrictions on people, like have them obey the laws and respect people and their property.  That is until something like this happens and now you want something done and you want it done right now and further more you want to know who to blame for it.  If you are one of those people who feel that we should be promoting a fuzzy warm feeling with people who are out of control and let people do whatever makes them happy so we don't hurt their feelings, then look in the mirror and say, shame on you.

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