A truly devastating accident happened in Gwinnett County Friday night after four students left band practice at Southwest DeKalb High School. The accident left one student dead and two others in critical condition.
Seventeen-year-old Miles McBride was driving his 14-year-old sister, Carmen McBride, and two other students home after band practice. According to authorities, Miles swerved to avoid a dog in the road, but instead collided with another car, then flipped over into the roadside woods. Shortly thereafter, Carmen was pronounced dead.
The car's other occupants were also injured, two of them critically, and Miles McBride sustained serious injuries himself. The other car's driver and 3-year-old passenger were also injured, though thankfully not seriously.
Perhaps the biggest tragedy of this accident is its irony. The driver was trying to avoid an accident, not cause one. He didn't want to hurt the dog or his passengers, who could have been injured if he had hit the dog. But in trying to avoid one accident, he caused another, much more serious one--and as a result, his sister died. One can only imagine what he must be going through.