A criminal killed himself and 2 other people fleeing from police. What Counts as a ‘Tragedy’?
Suspended License. Prohibited Person in possession of a firearm. Parole.
Well, he was on probation, having previously been convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Frazier had a stolen pistol in the car, as well as what police called “a large quantity of prescription medications, MDMA (Ecstasy), cocaine and crack cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana that he intended to distribute.”
In other words, Frazier was a career criminal and drug dealer, and he knew that if cops caught him again, he was going to prison. That’s why he tried to get away and accidentally killed himself in a fiery crash.
He also killed two other people who were in the car with him when he drove under a semi-trailer and his vehicle caught fire. They were a 10-year-old and another man. Three other children in the car were rescued.
So who was to blame, and was this a tragedy? I’ll leave the blame up to you.
It’s been years since I studied dramatic theory, but as I recall, tragedy was the downfall of a heroic figure as a result of fate. From the standpoint of the Greek classics, then, the basic aspects of the Billy Frazier saga don’t fit the definition. In the vernacular sense, of course, tragedy just means “something bad happened,” and certainly the death of a child is bad.
As The Other McCain points out, all of this could have been avoided if he had just obeyed the speed-limit.