Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sad Story

Ok, this is depressing, but I see people texting and driving all the time and if any of you do it - here's something to think about. A couple we met briefly while boating were recently killed and we just received the following story in an email (more in newspapers):

Tommy, Jordan and their sea dog Harry left Orange Beach, AL on June 11th.  They were going to Jacksonville for one night to visit more friends and then were heading back to their boat in Key West the following day.  On I-10, at mile marker 215, a 19 year girl crossed the center strip and hit them in the front driver's quarter at 1PM that afternoon.  Their car was then hit, in the passenger side, by a Chevy Suburban that was eastbound behind them.  Both Tommy and Jordan were killed.  Ninety minutes after the accident, Harry was cut out of the wreckage and taken to Northside Animal Hospital in Tallahassee with spinal injuries.  An unrestrained 5 year old boy in the Suburban was also killed.  Four others from the Suburban wound up in intensive care.  The 19 year old girl received only a broken ankle.  We have been told that it is now confirmed she was texting at the time she lost control [Note: There was some discussion on internet conversation boards about the incident that say otherwise, but they would be wrong].

Tommy and Jordan were laid to rest with full military honors on October 28th at Arlington National Cemetery.  Harry has recovered and is now living with Jordan's sister Cathy and her husband Mike in Mineral, Virginia.  Harry has adapted very well.

Nothing is that important that it can't wait for you to reach your destination or pull over!  This is truly heartbreaking. Needless to say, the couple's catamaran is for sale and the family is looking for buyers for it. If you or anyone you know is in the market for a catamaran, here's the link to the boat's info:

Don't you wonder what the girl was texting about that was so important it ended up ruining so many lives? This happens too often, by people of all ages and from all walks of life. Knock it off before you kill yourself, others, or both!