2007 Reader Submission
Darwin says, "Hmmm... the write-up is amusing, but I'm not sure this meets
the criteria of excellence -- of truly phenomenal stupidity. I have
tentatively accepted this into the
archive. Thank you for the submission and careful write-up, Jonny!
(12 September 2007, Tampa, Florida) The setup: A woman wins two concert
tickets from a local radio station. She can't believe her luck. The Dave
Matthews Band, live! She invites her friend to join her. But
they are in for more than a concert tonight.
Flash forward to the next morning. My buddy, head of operations at the
amphitheater, looks like hell. He tells me that two women were killed the
previous night at the concert. I am shocked. Nothing like this has ever
happened on the property. I ask for details.
Back to the previous evening. It's 8:30pm and pouring rain and the show is
delayed. The two women leave the venue to escape the rain. They bypass
multiple FREE shuttle buses waiting to take them directly to the parking
lot. Instead, they decide to take a shortcut across a 7-lane Interstate.
The 26- and 28-year-old women run 100 yards through wet grass before
jumping a 6' fence that borders the road. Obstacle one: cleared. Obstacle
two: 3 lanes of 70mph traffic, a 100' median, then another 4 lanes of
On the far side of the Interstate is a second 6' fence, the maze of an
'under construction' garage, and a long hike around a casino. All in all,
the 'shortcut' to their vehicle covers a distance of about a half mile.
And the women are in a torrential thunderstorm. Free shuttle bus, or mad
dash across dangerous territory?
My buddy was an eyewitness when the first vehicle struck the women at 8:30
pm. Oddly, this was in the FIRST lane of traffic, on a straightaway where
one can see headlights for miles in either direction. The impact hurled
the women further into traffic, and they were each struck by a second car.
They did not survive the collisions.
I looked up more details in The Ledger. Ironically, one of the women was
described as a "bright and energetic and gifted athlete" who won two
national championships in gymnastics. All the physical prowess in the
world is no substitute for the maxim:
"Stop. Look. Listen. Or tomorrow you'll be missin'."
wednesday, september 12, 2007 at a dave matthews band concert at an amphitheater in tampa, fl.
girl wins tickets on radio to this concert, takes her buddy, and is in for more than a concert.
my buddy (head of operations on the property), lookin like hell on thursday morning stops by my office. i ask why he looks so bad, and among other things, he informs me that two girls were killed the previous night at the concert.
shocked (since this hasn't happened on the property that i've known of), i asked for details.
it's about 8:30pm, pouring rain, and two girls left the show due to the rain. they left the venue and decided to take a 'shortcut' to their vehicle which was parked immidiately across the 7 lane interstate.
the 26 and 28 year old girls ran approximately 100 yards through the grass before the jumped a 6 foot tall fence which bordered the interstate.
obstacle one, cleared.
obstacle two was a little more difficult. they needed to clear a 3 lane 70mph straight away interstate, rest in the 100 foot wide median, then clear ANOTHER 4 lanes of 70mph interstate.
after those two sections were cleared, they needed to climb another 6 foot fence and weave through an 'under construction' parking lot/garage area, around a large casino/hotel building (all of which equates to approximately a 1/2 mile MINIMUM). doing so in a torrential thunderstorm.
then and ONLY then would they arrive at their vehicle.
how tough could that be?
an eyewitness account (my buddy) informed me that the first of the two vehicles struck the girls in the FIRST lane of traffic.
8:30pm. straightaway. headlights, darkness, you can see about a mile in EITHER direction. struck dead in the FIRST lane!!
"stop. look. listen."
i felt bad for feeling so little empathy, thinking i'm a monster, i asked for more details.'
once concert-goers leave the gates of the venue, multiple COMPLIMENTARY shuttle busses were WAITING to take them DIRECTLY to the parking lot where these girls were parked.
feeling a little better about substantiating my feelings (or lack thereof), i STILL couldn't help but to think i was still being an ass...i looked up more details.
while readin this article, one paragraph in particular had stuck out in a cynically ironic way. describing one of the girls, it reads as follows:
"She was bright and energetic and a gifted athlete. She won two National YMCA Junior Championships in gymnastics..."
Two Friends Killed Trying to Cross I-4
By S.I. ROSENBAUM
St. Petersburg Times
TAMPA | Cammie Krusoe, 26, couldn't believe her luck when she won tickets
to Wednesday night's Dave Matthews Band concert by calling a local radio
station, recalled her friend Becky Lane, who was with Krusoe when she won
Lane couldn't go to the concert - she had a class that night - so Krusoe
took another of her many friends, Megan Thompson, 28, originally of York,
But Wednesday night, the concert was delayed as a torrential thunderstorm
rolled over the Ford Amphitheatre. Drenched, the two women apparently tried
to cross Interstate 4 to find shelter at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino.
They didn't make it. State troopers said they were struck by a 2006 Toyota
as they tried to cross the highway from south to north near U.S. 301. The
impact sent the two into the lanes of the highway, where they were struck
again by oncoming cars.
Krusoe was thrown into the eastbound center lane, where a 1999 Ford driven
by Angela Peacock, 34, of Mulberry, ran over her, troopers said. Thompson
was thrown into the path of an eastbound 2004 Audi driven by Danielle
Murphy, 24, of Riverview, which also ran over her, troopers said. No
charges were filed in the incident.
At Krusoe's Carrollwood home Thursday, her friends gathered to mourn with
her parents, sister and brother. In a bittersweet moment, a florist
delivered flowers for her sister, Kallie, who turned 28 Thursday.
"Everyone she met was a friend," said her father, Robert Krusoe. He said
his youngest daughter, who lived with her parents, had stored 275 contacts
in her cell phone.
Krusoe was always making new friends while keeping her old ones, so the
family couldn't keep up, he said. They did not know Thompson or her family,
She was bright and energetic and a gifted athlete. She won two National
YMCA Junior Championships in gymnastics and made the state final during her
first year of diving for Gaither High School.
Krusoe, a University of South Florida graduate and mass communications
major, had worked in the restaurant industry and for a liquor business. But
she aspired to break into advertising and communications, said her friend
Lane. She had a job interview scheduled for Thursday at a local advertising
firm, Lane said.
"She lived a life so full of adventure and love and friendship," Lane
said. "People were so drawn to her, her smile and her energy."
Submitted on 09/15/2007
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