Every few years, you hear of a tragedy like this. This morning, my #2 told me that there was a death on her college campus during the night. No details, just an email from the Dean of Students breaking the news that the college had lost one of its most treasured students.
Later this morning, details began to appear slowly. First, a condolence on Facebook, later another note from the Dean announcing the student’s name and an abstract sketch of the dismal circumstances. Little by little details emerged and the words appeared on the computer screen like cracks of lightning. Automobile wreck – 10 students in one car – 3 hospitals – several injuries, and then, the final words – one death. The words not mentioned because they are automatically assumed are every parent’s nightmare.
I’m sure every one of those students have caring parents that have told them time and time again never to pile into a car. I’m sure those students heard countless stories from their parents about people who met their death because they didn’t fasten their seat belt. I’m sure that the parents went hoarse from telling their children to always make sure their driver is sober.
From the moment I heard about this devastating tragedy, I could not get it out of my thoughts. I never had the pleasure of meeting any of the 10 students and yet my heart is heavy with sadness for them as well as their families.
If you have a minute today, say a prayer for a beautiful girl named Kelsey from Connecticut and nine other students and their families whose lives were changed forever on a dark road in Virginia in the early hours of December 3rd.