“The teens’ friends told police that the car was having engine trouble, and they had probably left it running so that they wouldn’t get stuck with a car that wouldn’t start, police spokesman Carl Zogby said.”
(Followup to my earlier post in which I wondered if the boys might have overreacted to over-dramatic news coverage of the Florida cold snap. Perhaps not. Senseless and sad either way.)
One article specified they were having battery trouble and had jumped the car an hour before checking into the motel. They were trying to keep the battery charged by leaving the car running. Whether the original battery was just not holding a charge or earlier they had left some lights on or something, this was still completely unnecessary.
The car was lent to the five guys by a friend of theirs — they were going on a trip to celebrate the birthday of one of the guys in the group.
Happy birthday…Merry Christmas…Happy effin’ New Year…