Since my last post.....I learned the identity of the young man that died in the tragic accident, and he was another one of my former students....in the same class as the one who was driving....in fact, they were best friends. Billy, who was killed instantly, was only 19,...was not wearing his seatbelt,.....but I'm not sure in this case, if that would have mattered. It's just all so terribly tragic. Billy was such a great kid...he really was,....always had a smile,...a real laid back, happy personality. And now, his friend, Chris,...has to live with the fact that his choices took the life of his friend....that will be a heavy load to carry for him, for the rest of his days. In fact....the country-ish road they were on was so narrow,....and such a turn,..that going around that turn too fast could be the end of you....whether or not any alcohol was involved. Just one night....one quick ride home.....and all was then different for them and others, from then on.
I can remember them both in their younger days in my classroom. I can even remember just where they both sat,....the things they would say, Billy's handwriting, his freckled smile, Chris's funny quips. There's another young person that's very injured in the hospital....am not aware yet of who that is. A fourth person was not badly injured....but I'm sure will forever bear the scars of that terrible night's experience.
My heart is hurting,....for Billy, for Chris, their families, and all who love them both. Don't we all wish that we could really get into the heads of 19 yr. olds and get them to really know how not invincible they truly are ?