Published On: Mon, Sep 26th, 2016

Missouri couple killed driving to the beach, media ‘implies’ Disney related

Greg and Sarah Moyers took their family to Florida, visited Disney World and then were killed in a horrible accident as they traveled to the beach. Sadly, and misleading, the media decided to include “Disney” or “Disney Vacation” in their headline.

Why make the implication that the story has anything to do with Disney by placing it there? Fishing for hits and clicks?

The Moyers’ daughters, Hailey, 13 and Sophia, 8, were injured in the accident detailed by Florida Highway Patrol. Charles King, 43, of New London, North Carolina, drove his Ford Focus into their lane on Interstate 4, causing the Moyers’ Nissan to veer off the road and hit a tree. King wasn’t injured. Both parents died.


“Parents killed, daughters injured in crash while on Disney vacation” – Orlando Sentinel

“Missouri couple killed in crash during Disney vacation” – Fox 2

Two Missouri girls survive crash that killed their parents on Disney World trip

Thoughts and analysis below.

photo courtesy of Politico

photo courtesy of Politico

It’s a tragic story and our thoughts and prayers are with these two girls, the family and friends of this couple.

It’s also awful to see Disney be falsely maligned by headlines designed for hyperbole and to attract attention for casual readers. “Crash during Disney vacation” and “while on Disney vacation” reads as though the parks, the company or the traffic at the park has anything to do with the crash.

It did not.

Disney is no more relevant to the story than the Ford Focus or the Nissan. “Couple killed while driving a Ford Focus” is ridiculous compared to “Man runs family off the Interstate killing vacationing parents,” doesn’t it.

King is almost an afterthought in all of the coverage.

At this writing no charges against the man have been charged, but let’s hope that is not the case as the investigation “is still ongoing” (according to the police).

A GoFundMe account has been set up to support their daughters.

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