♪ Just the good ol’ boys
Never meanin’ no harm
Beats all you never saw ♫
No, today’s #CurrentEventFriday isn’t about news that the Dukes of Hazard is returning to syndication or streaming service, but about two unrelated events about some wannabe Duke boys and the trouble they’ve found themselves in this last week.
Full disclosure, I’m tempted to echo sentiments about flag burning from Pres. Bartlet from The West Wing, “Is there an epidemic of [car jumping stunts] going on that I’m not aware of?” I can’t say that there’s necessarily correlation between the two events, just that people are daring and willfully ignore warnings on television not to replicate stunts in real life.
First, out of Lake Charles, Louisiana is the story of Alejandro Cazares and Roberto Alejandro Moreno of Texas. The pair attempted to cross the Black Bayou Bridge — a drawbridge South of the town. The stunt occurred early on 25 May 2019. The driver put the car in reverse in order to have distance to pick up speed. The driver then sped up to try to “jump” the ramp of the bridge. Unfortunately for both men, the vehicle fell into the water and sank to the bottom. Cazares couldn’t escape the car and police found Moreno’s body nearby. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Officials have not yet determined whether alcohol or drugs played a factor. An investigation is still ongoing into the accident.
Second, comes from Indianapolis. Police officers entered into a high=speed chase with a reckless driver Sunday night. The driver had refused a traffic stop and sped towards Shadeland Avenue where there is a bridge out, ignoring signs and warnings and attempted to drive across the bridge, but the vehicle’s trajectory was altered after striking the exposed beams of the bridge. Fortunately, in this story the driver and passenger survived. The driver fled from the car and is still at large. The passenger was arrested. Police reported that the passenger had violated house arrest by being in the car and removing his house arrest monitors. Police hope to find the driver who left behind his prosthetic leg when he fled on foot 🥁(ba-dum-tish).
I saw the first story on my Twitter feed comparing the Texas men to the Dukes of Hazard earlier in this week and mentioned it to my parents the next day. I was expecting the local news to report it the next day so we could get more information and it included the second story. Which is why I felt like it’s a Current Event worth mentioning since there’s multiple stories about folks that think they can be as good as Bo and Luke or even Coy and Vance. A simple Google search would tell you that the car jumping stunts won’t work. The seven-year run of The Dukes of Hazard saw somewhere between 256 and 321 Dodge Chargers that were labeled as the General Lee. A similar scene in Road Trip shows that even with physics on your side, car jumping rarely works in real life. Yes, good ol’ boys and girls love hill hoppin’ while driving around here in the Hoosier Hills of Southern Indiana, but most aren’t foolish enough to think they’ll be the next Duke boys. Remember, most of what you see on fictional television shows doesn’t work well in real life and shouldn’t be replicated.
Have you ever pretended your car was the General Lee?