I learned today that a friend of mine lost two nephews in a fiery crash over the weekend.
They had been at a Sweet 16 party on Saturday night, where alcohol was served.
According to reports from KBTX-TV and the Bryan/College Station Eagle newspaper, early Sunday morning a Bryan police officer responded to a suspicious vehicle call at the parking lot for the Park Meadows neighborhood pool.
Upon approaching the area, “…he was approached by a vehicle coming from the opposite direction at an extremely high rate of speed. So much so that the vehicle forced the patrol car to the shoulder to prevent a collision,” said Bryan Police Chief Ty Morrow.
The officer turned around to chase the car. He saw the vehicle go airborne, come back down, and go airborne again. The car then hit two trees in the median.
The officer arrived on the scene moments after the crash. All occupants were still in the vehicle, and he tried to get the front female passenger out, but she appeared to be dead from her injuries. A small fire started, but the officer used up his fire extinguisher trying to put it out. The fire quickly spread and engulfed the entire vehicle.
All three teens died at the scene. The driver, who was the oldest, was only 18.
It is suspected that alcohol was involved in the crash. Witnesses at the party told police the teens had been drinking.
This post has nothing to do with real estate. That’s OK, because it is about something that is much more important.
The end of summer is quickly approaching. Kids will have end-of-summer parties. Once school is in session, there will be weekend parties, home and away football games, homecoming dances, and many other reasons for kids to get together and have fun. Sometimes that fun involves alcohol.
I did not know these kids. I only know one member of the family. I wasn’t at the party. I don’t know exactly what happened. All I can say is this…
Parents…get answers to the five W’s before your kids leave the house. Who. What. When. Where. Why.
Who will you be with? What will you be doing? When will you come home? Where will you be? Why are you going?
Kids…make responsible decisions. Don’t stay out past midnight. Don’t stay out too late. If you are an inexperienced driver, do not drive with friends in the car. Never speed. Stay away from drugs and alcohol. Talk to your parents and keep lines of communication open.
Parents and kids…read this blog together. Discuss what happened to these three teens and talk about how to make good choices to avoid a similar tragedy happening in your family.
May the prayers of everyone who reads this be with the family and friends of those who lost their lives, and also with the officers and firefighters who responded to the scene and witnessed this tragedy.