New Zealand dad’s car stunt maims teen skater
The boy falling in front of the car
Oh dear, those krazy Kiwis are at it again! The tremors in Christchurch must’ve shook them up something stupid. This tale of tomfoolery comes to you from Bay of Plenty (again) where Brendan Michael Dowd (44) a dowdy dude trying to be his kids’ friend instead of their parent, was charged with reckless driving after he was caught towing his sons and their friends on skateboards behind his car, and one of the boys fell and was injured. Not cool, dude.
The incident happened in October last year, when Dowdy and the boys were filming each other skateboarding around an industrial park. The boys took turn at being towed by Dowd and letting go, sometimes two at a time. The car was travelling at 50kph (31mph) when a 14 year old friend of the boys came off the skateboard and narrowly missed being hit by Dowd. He suffered a broken collarbone and a badly grazed face and limbs.
The judge berated him for being such a stupid immature idiot at 44 and the police said that Dowd’s behaviour was the height of stupidity. Dowd was sentenced to 60 hours of community work, disqualified from driving for a year, and ordered to pay the victim $500. He also lost some serious street cred with his sons and his wife refused to have sex with him for 6 months. Also his dog growled at him. Seriously Dowdy dude, give it up. You’re over 40, your sons don’t think you’re “cool” or “rad”. Trying to be their friend instead of their parent is not going to help them, they will walk all over you. Whatever happened to taking them camping or fishing? That’s how you get your male bonding done, not by trying to kill them!
Girl critical after quad bike rolls with drunk adults
Fury over quad-bike adults drinking before girl hurt
Woman asked to take quad bike crash blame
Six year old Ashlee Shorrock is in a critical condition at Auckland’s Starship Children’s Hospital, after a quad bike that she was on crashed into a ditch in Hawkes’ Bay. The quad bike was being driven by an adult (it’s not clear who yet) who had spent the day drinking and was smashed as a crab! Ashlee’s father, Daniel Shorrock (28), and two other adults had been drinking all day before they decided to drive the quad home. Ashlee’s stepmum Stephanie Lucas (22) had only had one drink that day, but nevertheless let a drunk person drive the quad bike home. Idiot! Now we all know what happens when you mix alcohol and driving. It doesn’t end well. The quad bike, carrying Ashlee, her dad, her step mum and two other adults crashed into the ditch on Okaihau Rd, near Waimarama Beach shortly before midnight. I didn’t know quad bikes could carry five people, but now we know they can’t…
Stephanie was asked to take the blame because she’d had the least to drink. Well, Stephanie, you should’ve offered to drive the quad instead of letting some drunken idiot take the wheel. She was also conveniently forgetful about who was actually driving that night. She claimed she’d only had one drink that day, yet couldn’t remember who was driving. Either she’s lying about how much she had to drink, or she actually does know who was driving and my money’s going to be on Ashlee’s dad. Either way she knew that whoever was driving wasn’t fit to drive, yet she still placed Ashlee in harm’s way by putting her on a quad with a drunkard at the wheel. She could’ve walked with Ashlee or offered to commandeer the bike. But no, that would’ve been sensible. Poor Ashlee didn’t have a say in this and now she’s injured.
The adults were injured too, but not to the extent that Ashley was. They’ve all been discharged from hospital while Ashlee continues to suffer.
Quad bikes in New Zealand are subjected to the same laws as any other vehicle travelling on a public road. They must be registered and the riders licensed to drive them. My bet is that this bike and driver were neither. Police are investigating, and charges may be filed against the adults. Nah, do you think?!