Yesterday my friends Tanya and Allison were coming home from the dunes by Pullman, WA. Their friend James chose to drive intoxicated and got in a car crash. Details of the crash are still emerging. The SUV they were in rolled and all three people were ejected from the vehicle. My friend Tanya died instantly, James is in critical condition and Allison is in fair condition. Speed, alcohol and not wearing a seatbelt were all factors in the crash.
With Memorial Weekend fast approaching, please keep this accident in mind. Drunk driving is so preventable. Whether you’re at a party, a bar, coming home from the river or mountain, we’ve all been there. We’ve all seen the person driving who probably shouldn’t be. I know I’ve ridden with people who probably shouldn’t be driving. This could happen to anyone. Please, please don’t let friends drive drunk. Tanya’s death is so tragic because she didn’t have to die. Even a seatbelt might have saved her.
Tanya was a beautiful young woman with her whole life ahead of her. On Saturday, we sat in the sun together and talked about life after graduation. I talked about China, she talking about teaching English in Prague. Tanya looked at me and said, “Where do you think we’ll be a year from now?” I don’t think she expected to be an angel looking down on us. With all the horrible people in the world, why would God choose to take my friend? The only logical explanation is that He needed an angel.
This weekend, and any other time, please don’t let friends drive drunk. Even if it means being the bad guy, take their keys. Please, please do not let friends drive drunk! I know on numerous occasions I’ve offered people rides home, and they insist they are ok when I know they are not. Remind friends to buckle up. It seems silly but it saves lives. Tanya, Allison, nine girls and myself were planning a trip to Chelan this weekend. The memories we should be making will not be made. I will never be able to hug my friend, laugh with her, tan with her, gossip about boys, BBQ together or see her make a difference in the world. Words cannot explain the sadness, shock and pain I feel. I can’t even begin to comprehend what her family is going through. Please keep Tanya, Allison, James and their families in your prayers. Tanya you were a beautiful woman and I’m sure a stunning angel. You will be missed, but surely not forgotten.
(The top pic was taken four days before the accident. From L to R: Briana, Sarah, Reanna, Julie, Tanya, Shae and Myself.)