Dr Frank Ryan is most likely a victim of tweeting and driving, according to MTV. The 50-year-old plastic surgeon to the stars died yesterday in a horrific crash after tweeting about his day out on the sand dunes with his dog.
This accident took Ryan’s life before emergency personnel could get him extracted from his car; he was pronounced dead at the scene. The dangers of tweeting or texting and driving scream loud and clear from this accident, which will most likely become a learning experience for many.
The hectic life of a Hollywood celebrity leaves little time for keeping in contact with friends and family. One of the places that allows you some extra time to return calls or to text messages is while driving in the car, when getting from one destination to another. This is something seen in random pictures of the stars and celebrities as they are driving down the street while on the phone.
The same holds true for the hectic life of everyone in society when doing the mundane task of driving. It seems like the perfect time to return messages and texting communications. As seen with the accident of this prominent Hollywood plastic surgeon, it is not. Texting might have cost him his life.
Most people believe something as horrific as Dr. Ryan’s fatal crash cannot happen to them, but it can. It might take this sad event to wake up the celebrities and the rest of the world to the dangers of driving while texting, tweeting, or talking on a cell phone.
It sounded like Ryan had a great day when he tweeted, “After 25 years of driving by, I finally hiked to the top of the giant sand dune on the (Pacific Coast Highway) west of Malibu. Much harder than it looks! Whew!” The message was sent, followed by a picture of his dog on the dune. This is the last thing that Ryan will ever send out, and it may very well have cost him his life.
The car was so twisted that they could not get Ryan out of the vehicle to revive him. He died in that massive crunch of metal. The dog, which was just minutes earlier overlooking the ocean on the dune he and his owner just conquered, was thrown out of the car and was found in the ocean with serious injuries. The dog was treated and sent home with staff from Ryan’s ranch to recuperate.
A man and his dog, after having a beautiful day at the beach, met with this horrible tragedy that was caused by a seemingly harmless everyday activity.
If anything comes from this heartbreaking accident, let it be that people should stop using their phones while they are behind the wheel of a vehicle. This sad accident did not happen to a teenager, or someone who was driving drunk. It happened to a very intelligent man. This incident puts a face to the driving-while-using-a-cell-phone problem. This incident also has become a great and painful reminder that it could be anyone, not just an inexperienced kid, behind the wheel.