PADECKY: Life lesson for Kelseyville wrestlers on road to tournament


For a mile-and-a-half they watched, spellbound.

"I can't believe," Faith Rodriguez was thinking to herself, "I'm looking at this."

It was 5:45 on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 8, and the Kelseyville High School wrestling team was traveling south in a seven-vehicle caravan on Highway 29. They were headed to Elsie Allen for a tournament that morning. They had been on the road only 15 minutes.

"I thought the driver was either drunk or texting," said Rob Brown, one of the team's wrestling coaches who was driving his truck, the lead vehicle.

The caravan had come upon a white van that was going a bit slower but, alarmingly, weaving all over the road. Brown tried to calm the five wrestlers in his truck with his trademark humor.

"After a brief time," Brown said, "I determined the driver was drunk and texting."

Brown gave a respectful distance and then the driver made the move that scared and shocked Rodriguez, her 17 teammates and all the parents and coaches in the procession.

The driver, a woman, moved the van ever so slowly but deliberately to the left lane, to the opposite lane, where oncoming traffic would approach.

"Is the driver trying to play chicken with oncoming drivers?" thought freshman Robert Clark.

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