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Old 09-20-11, 12:58 PM
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Naked Asian man on acid jumps into traffic, dies

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CYPRESS They can't hide the pain they feel over the death of their son who died after he jumped out of a vehicle while under the influence of a hallucinogen. Their 22-year-old son, Lewis Lee, died Sept 6. from head injuries he suffered two days earlier when he leaped naked out of a vehicle police say was traveling about 30 mph.

Dale and Angela Lee say they don't want their son to be remembered for how he died, but for the way he lived.

"It's bad enough to lose your child, but people thinking of your child as a druggie whose life ended because he used drugs is very painful," his mother said in Korean as she sat in the living room of her home surrounded by her son's things books, poems and pictures. His father sat quietly on the couch as their pastor, Paul Lee, helped translate her thoughts.

"Ever since he was a little kid, he never disobeyed," his mother said. "He was a real, real good son."
Lewis graduated from Cypress High School in 2006 and was accepted to Biola University, a private Christian university in La Mirada. But the book-loving teen decided to go to Cypress College and get a job to help his financially burdened parents.

While at Cypress College, Lewis had a couple of run-ins with the law, but his parents say they never worried about him using drugs.

Instead, his mother described him as a responsible, hardworking son who helped them with their painting business, including translating for customers and writing letters they dictated to him in Korean and that he wrote in English. According to his parents, Lewis also helped them financially, especially in the winter when the painting business slowed down.

Lee was also a very generous and giving son, according to his parents, who say he sent them on a ministry trip to Indonesia in August as a 25th wedding anniversary present.

"He was the kind of son we could depend on and now that he is gone we don't know what to do," Angela Lee said in Korean.

Lee was a door-to-door salesman for a solar energy company in Tustin and launched an Internet-marketing business. His mother said his plan was to work, save money and then go to the seminary.

But on Labor Day weekend, Lee, who was a month shy of his 23rd birthday, made a decision that devastated his family - he and his best friend, Jay Ahn, decided to try LSD for the first time.

Ahn said he picked up Lewis around 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, and headed to his Anaheim home, where they took a hit of the drug commonly known as acid.

"Lewis was against partying and wasting time," Ahn, 23, said. "He wanted to try it because he wanted to learn more about himself. For any other circumstance, he would've never done it."

A 26-year-old friend from Buena Park was at Ahn's home watching over them, but at some point, Lee became agitated and took off his shirt before running out the door.

"We were scared not knowing where Lewis went," Ahn said. "I was not in the right state of mind. My body wouldn't function."

The 26-year-old man, who didn't take drugs, and Ahn got in a car and went looking for Lee. When they got to Beach Boulevard and Ball Road they spotted Lee running in the middle of the street totally naked.

"We grabbed him and said 'What are you doing?' " Ahn said, adding that a passerby helped them put Lee in the car as others called police.

At about 6:54 p.m., police got calls reporting a naked man running in the street and men trying to put him in a car, Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez said.

Ahn's friend drove away before police arrived, but witnesses got the license plate number of the 2003 Toyota Camry and reported it.

Ahn remembers a chaotic scene inside the car.

"I looked at him in the eyes trying to bring him back to reality," Ahn said. "I thought he understood but he just started screaming."

As they were approaching Brookhurst Street and Katella Avenue, Lee apparently opened the back door and jumped out of the Camry.

"I was grabbing his arm while he was trying to go for the door," Ahn said. "I don't remember exactly what happened. I was grabbing him, I was screaming and then he jumped out into the air."

The driver and Ahn panicked, leaving Lee on the roadway, Martinez said.

Around midnight, Lee's mother was sitting in the living room praying when there was a loud knock on the door. It was police officers who said her son was at the hospital.

Doctors said Lee suffered irreversible brain damage and was taken off life support on Sept. 6. His organs were donated to 10 people, including a 15-year-old boy who received his heart.

Gerald Maguire, associate professor of psychiatry at UCI School of Medicine, said accidents are fairly common among people who have taken LSD.

"The taking of a hallucinogen can lead to a disturbance in judgment and it can increase risk-taking behavior," Maguire said.

Ahn said the decision to try LSD was stupid. "I'm never touching another drug again."

Martinez said it appears it was an accidental death and traffic investigators are waiting on toxicology test results.

"No arrests are anticipated unless something unusual comes back with the test results," he said.
Lewis Lee, who was named after nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, was laid to rest Saturday. Family and friends honored Lewis during a funeral service at Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuaries.

He is survived by his parents and 17-year-old sister, Lydia.

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Moran. Should've stayed home and watched Yellow Submarine instead.
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Re: Naked Asian man on acid jumps into traffic, dies

Another 'repressed dork who decided to try new things and fucked it up completely in ways it's difficult to even imagine' story...
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I would put this is under the "bad trip" header.
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I've never dropped acid, but I know enough about to make sure that if I ever do that I'd restrain myself somehow (handcuffs?), and make sure someone was there who was sober and physically able to restrain me, if needed. Otherwise, I'm pretty sure my first hallucination would be that I was Superman and I'd end up splattered at the bottom of some building.
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I think everyone makes acid out to be a bigger deal than it is. First time I tripped, I was at Knott's Berry Farm with two other friends, also tripping. That night is the stuff of legend now. I never once had the urge to do anything like this.
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some kooky hardcore christian family...
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Great, now when we finally get pills to make us asian, we'll have to listen to 30 seconds of disclaimers about how mixing them with acid may impair our ability to fly.
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Re: Naked Asian man on acid jumps into traffic, dies

Not sure how the ethnicity in the thread title is important?
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Re: Naked Asian man on acid jumps into traffic, dies

See post #7
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Originally Posted by davidh777 View Post
Not sure how the ethnicity in the thread title is important?
Because if Jackie Chan ran into traffic naked, he'd survive, dammit!
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Originally Posted by davidh777 View Post
Not sure how the ethnicity in the thread title is important?


Don't take the brown acid.
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Re: Naked Asian man on acid jumps into traffic, dies

I used to live down the street from Beach and Ball in Anaheim. I never ran naked in the street, though. So I'm told.....
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Originally Posted by Mole177 View Post
some kooky hardcore christian family...
Don't know many Koreans?
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Originally Posted by nickdawgy View Post
I used to live down the street from Beach and Ball in Anaheim. I never ran naked in the street, though. So I'm told.....
You mean

I used to live down the street from Beach... and ball in Anaheim.
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Don't know many Koreans?
Korean church is mostly a place to meet friends and hook up.
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Originally Posted by KillerCannibal View Post
I think everyone makes acid out to be a bigger deal than it is.

Yes.

I'd taken it several times in my early twenties. Had great times and fantastic realizations. Never once was I inclined to hurl myself off a building, pull my eyes out, light myself on fire etc...

Sure things got pretty intense at times (in a good way), but I always knew that if something started to feel wrong, that I was under the influence of LSD, a powerful mind-altering substance. That alone should be enough to beat back a bad trip. Then again I was always with people I trusted and in a relatively stress free environment.

It's definitely not for everyone though, as this story will attest.
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Originally Posted by JumpCutz View Post
It's definitely not for everyone though, as this story will attest.
Agreed, it's not for you because your stories were boring.
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Like, free your mind, man.

Drug users are so... avoidable.
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Originally Posted by Shazam View Post
Korean church is mostly a place to meet friends and hook up.
....and get naked.

But. Not in the street.
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In my earlier days I (as many others also did) experimented in the hallucinogens while in college and post college. So speaking with some experience, here are my hallucination ratings on a scale of 1 - 10.
Laboratory pure DMT: 10 (mother of god!, thanks for letting the peak last only for a couple of minutes!)
Old patent medicine Asthmador: 14 (Belladona laced asthma inhalant that was instead, ingested....TOO-O-O-O fucking much!)
LSD: 5
Psilocybin Mushrooms: 4

So I'm suprised that anyone acts so out of control on such a benign hallucinogen.
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Tune in, turn on, jump out.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid View Post
I've never dropped acid, but I know enough about to make sure that if I ever do that I'd restrain myself somehow (handcuffs?), and make sure someone was there who was sober and physically able to restrain me, if needed. Otherwise, I'm pretty sure my first hallucination would be that I was Superman and I'd end up splattered at the bottom of some building.
If you drop acid and you're handcuffed when it kicks in, you're going to have a bad trip.


"Acid really messes with your mind, man. When I was on acid, I'd see things that looked like beams of light... and I'd hear things that sound an awful lot like car horns... - Mitch Hedberg

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