I'm trying to remember or think a new of s phrase to describe somebody who both forges a path a head of them, trail blazing in a way, but does so at the consequences of others.
This isn't just the classic line from Jurrasic park:
Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.
Which is both trail blazing and separately oblivious to the eventual consequences, rather than the trail blazing process itself being the cause of consequences. Like if the main issue at Jurrasic was making indigenous species extinct and not even bothering to check if that would happen before hand.
But I'm trying to articulate a meaning that better fits this sort of sentence:
They're (were a/an) ______, a bright star burning anybody in their path to success
Is there a phrase closer to that? I've considered:
They cut a wide swath(e), a bright star burning anybody in their path to success
But that doesn't fit exactly, nor does just trail blazing. The "burning anybody in their path" doesn't need to be drastic, but it's the careless/callousness I'm trying to get across. The person the phrase is for may even be aware of what they're doing has negative consequences, just without caring what those consequences are. Bulldozing was mentioned in comments, but that only fits for a slow deliberate action.
Am I thinking of a phrase that exists? If so what is it?