I think calling someone a fool is a poor choice of words. I would say they acted very irresponsibly. And in the case of a Captain with the responsibility of a crew and/or passengers that irresponsible act becomes a criminal offense in endangering the lives of others.
If you're driving your car, you're sober, you're within the speed limit, and you run a red light for some reason resulting in an accident
, then that's just what it is, an "Accident."
But if you're a bus driver, with the appropriate license
and you're hauling a group of people as part of your job. They don't need to go anywhere tonight but you want to get there. Conditions are horrible, tornado warnings, high winds. The bus is old, the tires are worn and barely legal
if they are, the steering
is pulling indicating wheel
alignment problems. You take off into the area of the tornado warning. You're the only vehicle on the road. You can't see with the wind
and rain and you drive 30 mph over the speed limit. Between the wind
and the rain you drive off the road resulting in the loss of your life and one more and critical injuries to others. Then I'd charge you with a criminal act. That's not an accident
. Thats a group of horrible choices that you, as a professional, should have known could lead to a wreck and loss of life.
This isn't disparaging the life or character of the man. This is characterizing the decisions he made versus reasonable standards for a man in his position. This isn't the type mistake we all make every day. This is a conscious and overt act putting lives in danger