Wednesday, March 28, 2012

No Shortcuts to Success

Our Mexican Traffic Story of the Week comes from a few days ago, on Avenida 5 de Febrero.  5 de Febrero isn't really an avenue, it's the main artery between Mexico City-Querétaro-San Luis Potosí, where traffic rages 12 lanes wide, 24 hours a day, and it's common to see bumper-to-bumper traffic moving 50 miles an hour.  It's also common to see pedestrians, sometimes with kids in tow, darting across.  We once had to swerve to avoid a bicycle coming towards us in the passing lane.  So, with ample precedent that such a thing was possible, 58-year-old Juan Carlos Castañeda Castañeda looked at the traffic equivalent of white water rapids (did we mention it's 12 lanes wide?) and said, "I got this."

He made it five and a half, anyway.

The puro Mexicano part of this story? That structure from which the pedestrians are surveying the accident scene? That's the pedestrian bridge, ten feet a way, the stairs of which 58-year-old Juan Carlos Castañeda Castañeda couldn't be bothered to ascend.Even the local paper couldn't resist scolding the dead man. The headline in the article above is, "He Did It The Easy Way... And DIED!"

Special photographic bonus: the near-perfect imprint of Juan Carlos Castañeda Castañeda on the hood of the Chevy Corsa. It's like the Shroud of Turin, but with a four cylinder engine.


Anonymous said...

natural selection, the survival of the fittest, if he wasn't smart enough to understand the use of a pedestrian bridge, I think he wasn't the fittest.

Dave said...

One less potential Olympian. Nothing could be more motivating than a car bearing down on you.

Crazy Rita said...

This man should be nominated for a Darwin award.

Anonymous said...

Was the driver wearing a seatbelt?