Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Heavy hearts in Upstate NY

An extensive outpouring of love and support to a local community the past few days has made it hard to be on any social media outlet, watch a news channel, or even read the local newspapers online without being sucked in to the latest on this story.

This past Saturday a Ford Explorer carried four high school seniors home from a rivalry college basketball game up I-87N ... a highway that connects Albany NY to Canada and is notorious for chewing up cars and spitting them out. These teens were just about 15 minutes away from their exit and homes when a drunk driver (who also attended said basketball game) flew up the highway weaving in and out of lanes at a high rate of speed.

When all was said and done the four teens ended up in a multiple rollover crash and the driver of the car landed in the woods on the other side of the road. Two of the teens did not survive ... they happened to be the boyfriend and girlfriend of the two that survived. Baily was thrown from the vehicle while Matt was partially thrown.

First photo: (L) Chris and Bailey (R) Deanna & Matt
Second photo: Chris and Deanna (best friends and classmates)

Chris and Deanna lost their lives in probably the most horrific of ways. I can not fathom the pain their parents, family, and friends are feeling. The local communities and schools have united in a way I have never seen before.

It seems as though everyone in the 518 (our area code) is accountable for getting #tebowcallmatt to trend on Twitter. On Monday night Tim Tebow, of the NY Jets, phones Matt in the hospital to offer support, condolences, and they prayed together for healing.

I won't stand on my soap box and preach but let's all please phone a cab, friend, family member, or just walk home when you have been drinking. Do not get in the car and drive. It will ruin lives.

Article in local newspaper

2 comments:

  1. I am so sorry for your community's lost. I will keep each of them and their families in my prayers. Drunk driving really does kill, and sometimes people forget that, and it's so unfortunate that it takes events like these to make people see how dangerous even one drink can be behind the wheel.

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  2. OH goodness I am so sorry for the community's loss. This is just devastating, sending lots of prayers!

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