Six teens killed in Ohio car crash

This is a very sad story filled with questions. Who stole the car? Did the other teens know the car was stolen? I am also struck by the aunt of one of the victims saying we can’t watch our children all the time, and she is correct, but can’t we do better than this?

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  • Deacon Don  On March 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    The tragic loss of this aside for a moment, we need to remember that young people lack the ability to determine consequences, which explains why some of them act as they do.

    This ability is connected with development of the pre-frontal cortex, the last part of the brain to develop. There isn’t much research available to date, but the development age seems to be anywhere from mid-teens to mid-twenties. I don’t think there are gender differences apparent.

    So yes, we have to look out for them very carefully. And I believe those of us who have vehicles, for example, must take on the responsibility to the degree we are able to make them theft-proof. As the father of two sons (now a little older than these kids) reading stories like this makes me weep to consider what a terrible, terrible loss their parents, families and friends have suffered.

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