Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Sore loser..

... takes Darwin award.

A five car pile up, an axe weilding manic and a fierce game of bumper cars. All of these took place over the results of a couple of four-year olds ball games at a fun centre in Saskatoon.

Kenny, a 17-year-old boy who was driving a white Ford Mustang was allegedly run off the road in the incident. He asked that his last name not be used because he's scared the men will come after him and his family again.

Kenny's four-year-old nephew got into a ball-throwing fight with another child in the ball pit of The Fun Factory, an indoor children's play centre on Quebec Avenue, around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The mother of the other child, who was with a group of around 10, took offence to the ball fight and began arguing with Kenny's sister, Fallon, the mother of the child. A shouting match between the two groups then broke out.

Kenny told the men to "grow up," he says, and the next thing he knew he was lifted in the air by the neck. He said he was held in the air for almost 30 seconds. "I was trying to speak, but I couldn't breathe."

His neck bears several cuts and scrapes and the imprint of a hand, which wrapped around his neck. Police arrived and broke up the incident at the play centre and Kenny retreated to his sister's house to change and meet a friend.

As he was driving to McDonald's with the friend around 6:45 p.m., he noticed in his rearview mirror the man who choked him was driving a black truck and was pursuing him, he says.
Kenny floored the gas pedal to get away but was quickly run off the road, causing a massive five-car pileup and totalling Kenny's car, the truck and three parked cars in front of an apartment complex where kids were playing nearby, he says.

Shattered glass and vehicle debris littered the ground, the black truck was tipped over on its side and a van was flipped over on its roof two metres from where it was originally parked.

The brother of the man driving the black truck, who was allegedly involved in the chase but not the crash, came out of his vehicle wielding a three-foot long axe, witnesses said.

"The one guy was yelling, 'Get out of here or I'm going to chop your neck off,' " a 13-year-old boy who witnessed the accident and was cut by a piece of flying glass said on Sunday night.

Two men have been charged in connection with the incident. A 23-year-old man was charged with dangerous driving and a 25-year-old man was charged with one count of possessing a weapon dangerous to the public peace. The two men will appear in provincial court on July 24.
The incident at The Fun Factory is still being investigated. No one was injured in the collision or struck with the axe.

Kenny and his friend managed to free themselves from the demolished car. They ran and hid in a nearby city bus while the man allegedly threatened several onlookers who had come to check out the damage done to their vehicles.

When police arrived, Kenny left the bus but passed out, likely from a panic attack, and was taken to hospital. "We were scared out of our minds," Kenny said. "I thought he was going to kill me."

"When I showed up I just saw the damage to the vehicles and my son lying on the ground and I thought, 'He's dead,' " said Lana, Kenny's mother. "Then the guy who strangled my son says to me, 'I wish I would've killed him.' "

Kenny and his family say they are still afraid for their lives and are considering leaving the city. Kenny's mother has taken the week off from work and his sister said she is afraid to drive with her son in the car.

Kenny said he barely slept and is constantly looking over his shoulder. "All this over a kid throwing a ball," he said. "We're afraid they're going to come after us to finish the job."

Hat Tip to Shoes.

Isn't the point of the Darwin Award to recognize those individuals who enriched the gene pool by killing themselves in the most spectacular fashion? These idiots who went beserk did not, unfortunately, merely rid us all of their benevolent wisdom, but acted out in front of their own kids.

A couple of prime candidates in the future, of course, but they might have to be disqualified because of the technicality.
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