Thursday, December 18, 2014


My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of a 17-year-old from Sibley's Cove who was killed in a vehicle crash last evening.

The level III student at Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican was known to my family through hockey. While my guys have not played him, my nephew Lorne has. By all accounts he was a gentleman and a great kid.

There is never a good time for sad news like this but dealing with tragedy just before Christmas must make it all the more difficult.

As a father of three boys, I have no conceivable notation of how one finds the strength to deal with the grief, sadness, anger and shock.

Lorne, who is like one of my own boys, will be driving this year. The idea of little Lorne driving this year, and Aidan driving next year fills me with anxiety. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and teens are four times more likely to be in a crash than older drivers. 

All teens are at risk for an accident simply because inexperience is the leading factor in crashes. Most teen crashes occurring in the first six months of having a license. New drivers are almost twice as likely to have a fatal crash at night.  It doesn’t matter if someone is a good student or a bad one. If the teen is a new driver, he or she is at risk. 

Lately, more and more of Aidan's friends or their siblings have been getting their licenses. Their inexperience always causes me anxiety. Of course my parents had the same concerns for me. Watching your children grow and become independent is a mixed blessing.

Statistically, accidents happen. The news just makes me want to hug mine and never let them leave my sight.

A parent should never have to bury their own child.

elings of sadness, grief and even anger

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