I opened the Port Macquarie local rag yesterday to find news of a teenager killed in a motor vehicle accident. Again. An image showed a group of distraught friends comforting each other at a twilight memorial service. The vehicle rolled off the Comboyne Mountain trapping the young fella inside. Death by fire.
Once again, my girlfriend's daughter knew the kid. 'How did she take it ?', I asked. 'Surprisingly, not as bad as the last one', she replied. Here she referred to a schoolmate killed late last year. He was thrown from the rear of a ute when it rolled on a backroad. Life for country kids. Given the rate of accidents they are touched by, a certain numbness is understandable.
Currently there is much grieving over the death of a 14 year old boy killed in Detroit, Michigan. Alex Nannoshi's all terrain vehicle collided with a snow-mobile on an ice lake. His family have set up a beautiful website, with some heart-rending messages posted,
i only have three months until i graduate and i wish you would be there. you will be but i wish i could see you. Its gonna be hard without you. It's already hard. mom and dad read these emails everynight. you made history. you had the biggest funeral ever. you were going to be the biggest ladies man of us all. everyone in the world knows who you are. i gave you our xmen game because i know you love it. i miss you already. tell me when you get this. I love you. big brother, Nick
It's such a friggin' waste all these kids checkin' out early. The young and inexperienced using lethal weapons. It sucks but what can you do....... (Images enlarge)