Angelo and Rachel Sarna, the couple whose Toyota 4Runner caused a serious three-car collision and left a 4-year-old boy in critical condition, are laughing and smiling in their YouTube video declaring that God delivered a miracle.
Meanwhile, Phil McMurray, the second assistant chief at the Brewster fire department describes the accident as being the worst vehicle destruction he’s seen in his 22 years of service. Clearly something doesn’t add up. Both those involved in the accident and many of our readers have expressed disgust with the couple’s video post.
The Sarnas, who are associate pastors at an Evangelical/Pentecostal church in Brewster, have said that the accident was the result of a mechanical failure that caused their vehicle to accelerate to a very high speed. The couple, who suffered only minor injuries, recorded a 15 minute YouTube video from the hospital where they appear lighthearted and happy talking about their savior Jesus Christ and the miracle they experienced. Not until nearly 12-minutes into the video does the couple mention the other victims. The full article and video are viewable at http://lohud.us/12dOvTp.
One of the victims, Lisa Lahm, who was driving her Audi northbound on Route 22 when the Sarnas collided with her vehicle, has expressed how upset she is over the Sarna’s video. “I should think the concern here should be for the two people that were seriously injured,” Lahm said in an email. “They should be praying for those they hurt, not for themselves. They should be beating themselves up and having the image of that Subaru in their heads when they close their eyes as I do.” To read more from Lahm see the full article at http://lohud.us/13lKwLN.
With a 4-year-old boy in intensive care the couples laughing and smiling faces seemed more than a little inappropriate. More than anything else viewers show their disgust with the couples lack of remorse and empathy for the grandmother and grandson that they seriously injured. Our lohud readers left plenty of comments expressing their disgust with the couple and their decision to post such an insensitive video. Linda Schellas Mahony was just one of the readers who felt that it wasn’t right that the video began with the couple laughing rather than them saying, “Antonio and his grandmother need our prayers…”
A few of our reader’s comments:
“It was a completely self centered and self indulgent video. They barely even mention the family that was severely affected by this crash. The part that really just resonated with me was when the husband spoke about his wife’s injury and how they knew she would run again as they smiled and laughed…. While a sweet, innocent child from a kind family is lying in ICU directly because of their actions. That video was in such poor taste and if they were decent people they would remove that and maybe even state an apology,” said Molly Elizabeth Squires.
“I couldn’t even watch the whole video. I sat looking and wondering how they could even think what they were doing was okay. It should be taken down. Everyone’s thoughts and prayers should be with Antonio and his family,” said Michele Soulias-Dugan.
“The attitude of being the saved “special ones” always turns my stomach. What about that poor little boy?” asked commenter Sheri White.
“Nauseating. A small child was hurt, but all they can think about is that *they’re* okay,” said Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel.