Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sad Story in Yesterday's News

I saw a new's story yesterday morning on facebook, and I am still just really upset about it. I don't think any news story I have ever seen has ever gotten to me like this one did. It was about a 13 year-old boy in West Jordan (Utah) who was hit by a car and killed while trying to cross the street on his way to school. You can find the KUTV News article here.
I am just so emotional over it. Maybe it's just because it's coming up on that time of month--I'm always pretty emotional then. But I just keep thinking about it, and then tears fill my eyes. He was just one year younger than my Garrett. What if that were to ever happen to him? I just couldn't bear it.
I feel so bad for his parents. I guess it was right next to their home too, so the mother heard the sirens and walked out the door to see the ambulance. She said as she ran and got closer she saw his shoes in the road and she just went numb. How terrible.
I even talked to Garrett about it this morning on the way to school. He said, "Mom you don't need to worry about that. I look for cars." Well, I don't know what happened. Maybe he didn't look. But maybe the driver was texting or maybe he just lost control. Maybe he did look, but he didn't see the car. Maybe the driver didn't see him. Maybe he just misjudged how far it was from him. Who knows? I'm sure there will be more details later. But I just told G that he needed to make sure he was looking really well. And this was a really hard lesson for me about texting and driving as well. And about making sure I am not in too big of a hurry in the morning while driving G to school.
I mean, I don't know what happened. I just know that I can do better. And I'm afraid that G could too. And I just don't think I'd ever be able to live with myself if someone died because of my irresponsibility.  The driver was only 19 years old. This will haunt him forever, whether it was his fault or not.
Just had to blog my thoughts. I'm disturbed about it.

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