June 2 2002 is an ordinary day for a handful of strangers driving through the desert when a tortoise crosses the road resulting in a horrific automobile collision that will connect the lives of these strangers forever.
Flash forward a few years and Blake Morgan a reporter who covered the collision is assigned to provide an update on the survivors for a human interest story in his newspaper. He discovers that things have gotten worse for the survivors: one has terminal cancer another ALS and a young woman who had been rendered quadriplegic has fallen into a deep depression. All of them have lost their will to live and seek a permanent end to their suffering. Staggering medical costs anxious heirs government and religion all tug at their choices. And should it even be their exclusive choice to make?
A Tortoise in the Road is a bold and thought-provoking work that artfully explores the emotional legal and moral controversy that surrounds assisted suicide today.
Warren Driggs is an attorney. He is married and has four extraordinary children and four healthy new grandchildren whose years at least for now seem endless. Through the years he watched his grandmother lose her cognitive function and spend the final years of her life in an "affordable" rest home. He also lost his parents to drawn-out fatal illnesses and his friend to the devastating effects of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. These loved ones and their end of life suffering are the inspiration for A Tortoise in the Road.