Stupid, Selfish, and Deadly

Damn.  This situation reminds me a lot of the Lindsey Crumpton case:

ATLANTA – A lovesick teenage girl drove into an oncoming car in a suicide attempt that she counted down “8, 7, 6…” in a text message to the female classmate who spurned her, authorities said. The teenager survived but a woman in the other car — a mother of three — died.

Louise Egan Brunstad, 16, was charged Thursday with felony murder. Prosecutors said they intend to try her as an adult. If convicted, she faces an automatic life sentence.

“She was actually counting down her imminent threat: ‘Nine, eight, seven, six … I’m going to do it,’” said Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

Authorities said Brunstad rammed her family’s Mercedes-Benz head-on into a smaller Daewoo driven by 30-year-old Nancy Salado-Mayo, who was killed. Salado-Mayo’s middle child, Lesly, 6, was in a child safety seat and was treated for fractured ribs and other injuries.

Brunstad, who was treated for an ankle injury, had told friends she planned to kill herself after another female student at Holy Innocents Episcopal School refused to have sex with her, Howard said.

What a horribly stupid and selfish thing to do to someone.  I hope she gets the book thrown at her at trial.  Or perhaps she will spare everyone the trauma of a trial.  Those text messages would seem to be a clear indicator of intent to me.

For those who might be tempted to kill themselves, allow me to offer this bit of advice:  Leave everyone else out of it.  Walk into a lake or the ocean.  Go blow your brains out deep in the woods.  Whatever you do, don’t be a stupid, selfish coward by involving someone else in your permanent solution to a temporary problem.


  1. Bitter says:

    I just now read the story and immediately thought of you.  And I see you already caught it. smile

  2. Kevin White says:

    I was just about to email you about this as well Aubrey. I think most reasonable people are going to want to have her punished for a very long time.

  3. I came across it while reading a different news article and it immediately caught my eye.

    There’s something instinctual about my reaction to this sort of situation.  I have a very hard time understanding how someone could be so hideously selfish as to disregard the harm they’re likely to cause to others.  My initial reaction is that it’s so irresponsible as to approach evil.