Saturday, April 16, 2011
Teen tragedy and hope!
A 16 year old boy, a student at Emily's school, was killed in an automobile accident.
It happened near the entrance to our neighborhood.
It was Friday evening. Jonathan and I were on the Greyhound bus headed back from the fifth grade field trip. Text messages started coming in. The teachers were passing on messages about the accident. Many students were gathered at the scene where the child died instantly after flipping his truck and being thrown from the vehicle. The investigation lasted several hours. Then the police officers left the scene barricaded even longer to give the students a chance to be together.
When I asked my friend, who was one of the officers at the scene, about it....he said the only thing we can hope for now...is that every student at the scene...and others that knew him....will learn a valuable lesson.
Many people had called 911 to report a reckless driver just moments before. My friend and her daughter had been walking on the sidewalk and were almost run down by him on his way to take 2 passengers home...it was on his way back that the accident happened in almost the exact spot where they been walking just 10 min before. That sidewalk is normally very busy with runners and people walking their dogs at that time of the evening.
We drive by the scene everyday. For the first few days, every time we drove by, there were several teenagers gathered, talking, praying, just standing~staring. We have had some very good conversations with each of our children about what happened to cause the accident. About the things that you choose to do with your life that can have a huge impact on you and others around you. They have really been listening and asking questions and making some sincere pledges...I hope they will not forget!
My heart hurts for his family...for all that has been lost....but I can hope....and I do....because that is what we have to hold on to.