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Blinded By Faith

An impaired driving case out of Toronto sheds light on some of the problems in relying on AA God™ to fix one’s drinking problem, and raises some interesting questions.

William Crawford, a stepper of twenty-one years, was riding his bicycle home from an AA meeting when he was struck by Jose Lugo-Alonso. Lugo-Alonso had been doing rum shots, and was convicted of impaired driving:

Guilty verdict for man who hit cyclist, leaving him partially blind

Jose Lugo-Alonso, 61, was found guilty of impaired driving causing bodily harm in a ruling on Wednesday by Ontario Superior Court Justice Harriet Sachs.

On the night of July 31, 2008, Lugo-Alonso struck cyclist William Crawford, 57, with his minivan as Crawford was waiting to turn left from Jarvis St. onto the Esplanade. The accident left Crawford partially blind and hearing impaired, forcing him to give up his civil service job.

This case brings up a number of questions. Now, we all know there are no coincidences, so this was was part of AA God’s™ plan. This makes sense from the defendant’s point of view, because AA God™ doesn’t begin to work his magic before a steppers enters AA. An alcoholic needs some sort of sign — some sort of wake up call, and this is a standard example of that. This was Jose’s wake-up call, and he will no doubt make a fine member of AA when the court makes attendance a condition of his sentence. We’ve all witnessed the heartwarming accounts of steppers praising AA God™ for His work in orchestrating incidents like domestic battery or hit and runs, so the still suffering alcoholic will be attracted* to their nearest meeting. But normally the victims in these scenarios aren’t themselves members of AA.

This case has a different twist, because the victim here had just checked in for his 24-hour reprieve. AA God™ was on the clock. I’m not good at godpuppetry**, so I can’t explain what He was thinking when He made Bill C. the victim here. Did he save Bill’s life from alcoholic despair, only so He could be hit by a drunk driver on his way home from a meeting? Or, did he technically do his job because Bill C. was sober at the time, and His job is fixing alcoholics, not playing traffic cop. Maybe He was fixated on Jose, and neglected to note that Bill C. was an AA member.

Is there anyone here with enough experience in AA mind-bending logic who can explain this? Franky, I’m baffled.

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*Forced there by a judge
** the act of speaking for God, as though He were a sock puppet, and explaining how He intervened in your life to save you from alcoholic despair.