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San Francisco man, 18, arrested after apparent drunk driving crash

A San Francisco teenager has been arrested in connection with what authorities believe was a drunk-driving crash last week.

The 18-year-old man was driving in the Bayview neighborhood around 8 p.m. last Thursday when he crashed near Thomas Avenue and Griffith Street. The man's passenger, a 19-year-old San Francisco man, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Police believe he was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Interestingly enough, police believe this was a one-car accident, but do not know what it was that the 18-year-old hit.

The 18-year-old has now been charged with felony DUI and felony and hit and run driving. He initially abandoned his car and fled the scene, but was arrested later when he returned to his vehicle.

The 18-year-old has now been charged with felony drunken driving and felony and hit and run driving. He initially abandoned his car and fled the scene, but was arrested later when he returned to his vehicle.

Now, the 18-year-old made some truly bad decisions. He should not have been drinking, since he is not 21. Furthermore, he should not have driven after he had been drinking, and he should have told his friend to put on a seatbelt.

But young people sometimes lack the rationality and common sense we expect of adults. Perhaps they should be more logical or more circumspect, but that just isn't always the case. If it's true that the 18-year-old was driving drunk, then he should be punished, but we should not give up on him as a person (or on other people who are in his situation) just because of a lapse in judgment. Making a mistake does not mean you are an awful person.

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco teen arrested for hit and run," July 9, 2012

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