Friday, June 16, 2006

What do you do with this...

A friend of mine, with whom I used to teach was in a car accident. He has a broken back, his wife has a broken leg. His son died.

Crash claims son of area teachers

Chambersburg Public Opinion

Scotland School for Veterans' Children boys basketball coach Randy Taylor was injured Tuesday morning in a three-vehicle crash in Corolla, N.C., that killed his 3-year-old son and injured his wife and daughter.

Taylor was driving south on N.C. Interstate 12 in a 1999 Nissan minivan at 10:44 a.m., when a Griggs Lumber Co. truck traveling north -- driven by Gregory Jones of Powells Point, N.C. -- crossed into the southbound lane and collided with both Taylor's vehicle and a 2001 Ford Truck driven by Cynthia Ann Muscia of Kitty Hawk, N.C., according to North Carolina State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Craig Garriss.

Taylor's wife, Marcie, daughter Lauren, 7, son Drew, 3, and friend Ann Ditzler, of Conestoga, Pa., were passengers in the minivan. Drew Taylor died from his injuries. All of the others involved in the accident received non-life-threatening injuries, Garriss said.

Garriss said Randy and Marcie Taylor have been taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., for further treatment. He said Lauren Taylor and Ditzler have been released from a local hospital in Virginia.

"To my understanding, their (Lauren Taylor and Ditzler) injuries weren't too severe at all and they have already been released," Garriss said.

Taylor, a Shippensburg resident and also a teacher in the Greencastle-Antrim School District, was an assistant coach under longtime Scotland Cadet coach Gerry Wilson for two years before taking over the program in the 2003-04 season when Wilson retired. In his first season at Scotland, Randy Taylor led the Cadets to a fourth straight District 3 Class A title and the school's 12th overall.

In three years with SSVC, Randy Taylor has compiled a 48-29 record. His team also advanced to the PIAA State Tournament this past winter. Prior to his tenure at SSVC, he was an assistant coach at Chambersburg Area Senior High School under current coach Shawn Shreffler for four years.

Marcie Taylor is a teacher at CASHS.

Garriss said Tuesday's accident is still under investigation and possible charges are pending for Jones.

What the FUCK?


Anonymous said...

As a Father of a 2 1/2 year old son, I am devastated for your friend. I try to believe that things happen for a reason but you said it all...WTF!? While I usually get inspiration from reading your blog, all I can say is how sorry I am for you and you friend.

Redlefty said...

I don't know them but am grieving all the same. These are the times that the standard trite words just don't cut it, and we have to ask the Holy Spirit to "intercede with groans" for us.

hardrox said...

Absolutely devestating news, Fish. I can't imagine losing one of my kids. The physical injury is small compared to the emotional one. My thoughts are with them.

runningshorts said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends.