A marker is all that remains …
Today was a normal, uneventful day. I went for my usual walk. I came home, stretched a bit, did some work as I decided to work from home today. As usual, when I work from home, I take time to have lunch with Tim. Today, we agreed to meet at 12:15. It was my intention to leave my apartment, turn right, then head to Harris Teeter (grocery store) before going to meet with Tim. I had intended to buy some flowers for one of the ladies at Just Fresh. She’s always so nice to us and always gives us free drinks and is such and upbeat and happy person.
As I was about to leave the apartment complex, I saw an array of emergency vehicles on the street. There were helicopters circling above and news vans starting to arrive. There was an ambulance parked in the outbound driveway, preventing any means of egress from the apartment community, at least on the right side of the driveway.
I exited on the left, turned left, as the right was blocked by two police cruisers and a number of fire trucks. More helicopters were beginning to arrive as well. I continued to drive, turned right, and left the scene. I opted instead of Harris Teeter to go to Bi-Lo, as it was on the way.
I went to Just Fresh, gave Tammy the flowers. She was very happy and came and gave me a big hug. Unfortunately, she was having a bad day, but the flowers sure changed the mood. I was glad to help. Before going into the restaurant, I noticed that there were now 3 helicopters above the neighborhood, probably representing the 3 major networks.
We ate and I left to return home at about 5:30. Yes. We do have some long lunches, but I brought my computer and worked during that time, too.
When I came home to let Hobbs out, I took him to his usual place to relieve himself, the field across the street. One of the reporters approached me for an interview. I told him that I didn’t even know what happened. He told me:
A family was walking, mother, father, and baby. Someone hit them and the father died. I was wondering if I could interview you and get your thoughts about it.
He did a quick interview, asking how I felt about it and what could be done to prevent such a thing in the future.
Allegedly, the driver was bending down to pick something off the floorboard of the car, swerved and hit the family, killing the grandfather and daughter and seriously injuring the and grandchild. In this case, two entire worlds were changed in the blink of an eye.
When I took Hobbs out this evening, all of the vans were gone, the only thing left was the yellow police tape and a golden angel statue placed at the scene…
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