Waiting for some superstitious practice to save your from misfortune? Don't hold your breath!
USA Today reports:
Four people were hurt, at least one seriously, Sunday after a teen motorist holding his breath lost consciousness behind the wheel and set off a three-vehicle crash, Oregon State Police and others said.
The incident took place near Manning, Oregon, in a tunnel along Highway 28, police said. … Daniel Calhon, 19, of Snohomish, Wash., was driving a 1990 Toyota Camry westbound into a tunnel as he held his breath and then fainted … He then crossed the center line and crashed head-on into an eastbound 2013 Ford Explorer … Both vehicles then crashed into the wall of the tunnel, after which a third vehicle, a 1999 GMC pickup, crashed into the Camry, police said.
Fortunately, no one sustained life-threatening injuries. While the reason for Calhon having held his breath has not been definitively determined, police speculate it was related to a superstition game which claims it's bad luck to breath in a tunnel.
"Playing games while driving that are distracting can have tragic consequences and legal ramifications," Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police told KGW-TV. "The tunnel is over 750-feet long and has little room for driving error."
"Don't play games on our roads," Oregon State Police said in a post on Twitter.
Calhon has since been charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment, and assault in the fourth degree.
Young Daniel could also be charged with reckless theology! Our superstitions don't solve our fears but compound them.
"There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you" (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).
"Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness" (1 Timothy 4:7).