While I was investigating the accident, I noticed a Ford Ranchero with only one working headlight sitting on the opposite side of the boulevard where several cars had stopped (rubber-necking) to see what was happening. I radioed for another police unit to make contact with this suspect and sure enough it was our suspect vehicle.
- Were friends driving Wayne to a mental health hospital because he was suicidal and had agreed to be handcuffed for everyone’s safety? No one ever came forward to claim Wayne’s remains and his ex girlfriend thought he was suicidal when she knew him.
- Earlier in the afternoon a private security guard had arrested and handcuffed a shoplifter that got away. The guard said the handcuffs did not match his pair.
- No local law enforcement agency had a prisoner escape this day.
- Detectives told me their investigation indicated it may have been a drug deal gone bad. Perhaps the buyers ripped off the drugs that Wayne was selling and were going to drop him off in the woods somewhere. Instead, Wayne took his chances by running for his life across the busy boulevard but, he didn't make it.
When the Lord comes again will you be running towards Him or away from Him. Will you stumble and fall as you run away from Him into the darkness. Or, will your hands be free to reach out to His mercy and forgiveness because you have not shackled yourself with sin.
We all need to heed Amulek’s warning in Alma 34: For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors. And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.