Three days into their vacation in early May, Cody and Danette [SFDB note: his mother] went for a day trip to a nearby village with her cousin and his Cuban fiancee.You might think that the passionate Cuban-American hardliners at babalu would consider Cody just another innocent victim of the tyrannical Castro regime. But instead babalu takes the position that 19-year-old Cody is getting what he deserves for visiting a communist country with his family and allows one commenter to insinuate that he was hiring hookers. From the comments...
As they passed through an intersection, a dump truck slammed into the passenger's side of the car. The car spun around and was struck again on the driver's side where Cody sat, Danette said.
Police did not show up at the crash site, but came to the hospital to question them.
Everyone in the car suffered internal bruising, but were eventually released from hospital. The cousin's fiancee was severely injured and needed an operation to remove part of her liver. She has since fully recovered.
The driver of the dump truck was not injured.
Danette was later told that drivers must be 21 to rent a car, but the rental agency allowed Cody to drive even though his licence showed him to be 19.
A few days later they tried to catch a flight home, but Cody was told that he could not leave the country.
I'll leave it up to readers to translate "Que se jodan."
While I believe that a good argument can certainly be made that travelers to a place like Cuba assume a certain degree of risk, the above kind of ideologically driven disregard for human decency and vulgar display of callousness is one that only a few in this world can applaud and appreciate.
-photo via IFP