Prediction is hard

Especially about the future, and even more so if you don’t actually have one:

“Yay … not going to die any time soon!!!” Richard Cota of Bonanza appears to have written those words on his Facebook page moments before fatally colliding head-on into another driver on a rural Oregon highway early Thursday evening. Cota’s wife, Amanda, was also in the car at the time of the crash.

Now both Amanda Cota and Klamath Falls resident Frederick French are being treated for injuries at two different Southern Oregon hospitals, and Richard Cota is dead. He was 37 years old.

The crash reportedly occurred along Highway 140, near milepost 14, about 22 miles east of Medford. Oregon State troopers were dispatched to the two-vehicle crash around 5 p.m. Oct. 4. According to OSP crash investigators, the Cotas were traveling east toward Klamath Falls and their hometown of Bonanza in a Dodge Neon. Richard, the driver, was reportedly passing other eastbound vehicles at a high rate of speed while in the westbound lane — and while in a no-passing zone.

Fark reported this with the DUMBASS tag, and justifiably so.


  1. hollyh »

    8 October 2018 · 3:10 pm

    I regularly see drivers who absolutely must get to the head of the pack, regardless of how it may impact their lifespan, or at least their insurance rates. It reminds me of the famous “Marshmallow Test” where they tracked the children who could not resist eating the marshmallow when left alone, even though they could get TWO by resisting for a while. Supposedly it correctly indicated how the child would perform on their SAT’s, what their BMI would be, etc.

    Of course, this test has been challenged since. But you know what I mean.

  2. Roger Green »

    8 October 2018 · 4:24 pm

    Multitasking is SO highly overrated

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