Archive for the Traffic Accident Category

Accidents — They Happen

Posted in Death, Faith, Family, Grief, Hope, Life, Loss, Mourning, Traffic Accident, Tragic death with tags , on July 6, 2014 by Morguie




I am reminded yet again, of how short life can be; of its fragility. I read an awful local news story today.

Our good family doctor and also close personal friend, was involved in a terrible accident on the night of July 4th as he was driving home.

Through dynamics which are not clearly understood at this time, the doctor’s car rear-ended a car carrying

 five people. The car burst into flames — and three of the five could not be removed from the burning car.

Only a child and an adult could be rescued from the inferno.

The child was badly burned over 60% of his body. The adult, badly injured as well.

The doctor was not seriously injured.  However, the burden he feels, no doubt, has cast him into great suffering.

Ironic, that such a wonderful person, whose life has been dedicated to healing and alleviating pain,

should somehow, unintentionally, find a part in the tragic deaths of anyone.

I cannot imagine the terrible angst and sorrow everyone close to this event must be feeling right now.

At a time like this, it is just too horrible to imagine.  There are no words.

Sometimes…accidents…they happen.

My heart is heavy as I keep them all in my thoughts and prayers.

So, merciful God, if you are listening… please help them to get through this most difficult time.

Comfort those who survive this tragic event. 

Heal those who are injured.

Bring peace and consolation to those who grieve, everywhere.


©2014, C.S. Thompson.


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Thought For Today: “Character”

Posted in bereavement, Death, Divorce, Friendship, Funeral Service Professional, Gratitude, Grief, History, Inspiration, Life, Mourning, Musing, Philosophy, Thought For Today, Traffic Accident, Tragic death, Wisdom with tags on May 8, 2014 by Morguie





“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them

defines my character and the quality of my life.

I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness,

immobilized by the gravity of my loss,

or I can choose to rise from the pain

and treasure the most precious gift I have —

life itself.”

—–    Walter Anderson

CJ says:    Who is this guy? He obviously knows about me!

Well…Mr. Anderson: I cannot lie. I struggle to really find

my way back to the girl I once was; tragic events and other serious life-altering

situations seem to have made me into someone else.

I realize I cannot have the happiness and joy and lightness as before;

as when in more youthful, carefree, trouble-free days…

but I do know that living in isolation and in a lack of joy is slowly killing me.

So, Mr. Anderson, I concur.  I simply cannot put this off any longer.

I simply, and absolutely, MUST….

start to live in spite of the pain of my grief.

I mean…what do I have to lose, anyway?


If any of my fine friends reading this today also finds himself in this place…

just know that you are among friends here.


Truthfully, it hurts to discover that life is passing you by,

while you are ‘stuck’ in this sort of limbo.

Yes….I believe I must find some way to live, now.

Have a beautiful day everyone!

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Sharing Another’s Story: You Just Have To Do Something

Posted in Charity, Death, Friendship, Gratitude, Heroism, Inspiration, Kindness, Life, Loss, Love, Musing, Philosophy, Relationships, Thought For Today, Traffic Accident, Wisdom with tags , , , on April 28, 2014 by Morguie




Fireman's Carry


Sometimes, without even a thought, we are suddenly put into a moment of life or death action, where we are not even given a chance to second-guess our own capabilities or confidence to handle a situation with the correct knowledge or skillset…we just find ourselves in a rush to act however, whichever, whatever way we can.  And…when it’s all done, truthfully, we find: the main response needed from us at the critical moment was just that we act. DO SOMETHING.   First, the story of a man, Jonathan Moore, whose courage didn’t end with his life and death decision to act —   then, CJ tells her own  personal account of finding herself jumping to a stranger’s aid on a snowy mountain road one winter’s night…we hope you will share with us your own story. Thank you again,  for stopping by to see ours.   xxx Morguie and CJ xxx




by jonathanmoore:

Throughout life we are impacted with moments that are rich with meaning and significance. Regardless of the joy or sorrow that these moments create, it is our job to listen and respond. This summer I was given the gift of one of those profound moments.

On a warm August afternoon, my wife and I invited some close friends over for lunch to spend the day swimming in our pool. We were in the water playing with our kids, watching them one-up each other jumping in, and playing all the usual games.

One of the times my daughter climbed out to jump back in, she cried out in pain after stepping on a bee. As soon as I pulled out the stinger left behind in her foot, one by one more bees began to swarm. Thinking that the dead bee was attracting others, I picked it up and went inside to throw it away.

The moment I opened the trash in the kitchen I heard my wife scream outside. It wasn’t an ordinary scream. I look outside right at the moment she was diving into the water. Racing outside I was certain that she was being attacked by the aggressive bees.

I made it to the edge of the water right when she was coming up. My heart sank. In her arms was our little boy, blue and lifeless.

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C J’s Own Tale of A Time When She ‘Just Had To Do Something’: 

Yes…do SOMETHING. I happened upon a terrible wreck on the icy, snowy Angeles Crest Highway, late one night…making the commute home from Burbank. It was a treacherous condition, but I took it anyway, too late to turn back. Not one other soul did I pass or see in any vehicle after turning onto that stretch from Big T road. The Mill Creek summit winds dangerously on this steeper downgrade, with partial canyon walls and open aired steep slopes intermixed. I hit a narrow hairpin bend sheeted with ice but was smart enough to drive it gently …As I rounded the blind curve, swerving over ice I nearly impacted with my own collision… there was a minivan laying on its passenger side, dark and steaming from freshly colliding with the rock walls and flipping to block the 2 lanes inside the blind curve. It narrowly avoided flying over the open cliff-side…but so hard to believe it DIDN’T…we are talking inches. A mighty hand, perhaps commanding the g-forces…miracle.


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I immediately pulled my Prius over, hazards and lights on…jumped out to act quickly in attempt to free the poor driver trapped inside. No way to access the sliding door…it ( van) was resting on it…I also couldn’t access the crumpled driver door, which was high above me — I  somehow managed an awesome burst of strength …enough to get the back lift up against weight and gravity…I got her out …she was injured but able to help herself out of the vehicle as I pulled with free hand at her arm, as I held the heavy liftgate open.


Thank God for the solar-powered 911 roadside box phone…I’d forgotten my cell phone that day…in less than 20 minutes the CA Highway Patrol arrived, and a wrecker, too. They were the only others I encountered the entire snowy stretch  that night. While some thought I was crazy to risk that road in such weather, I never feared for my own safety. I’d cursed myself on the way up when the ice was scary and slick, but knew after this ordeal ended I had indeed made the correct choice…I believe the confidence to handle the drive was instilled by something higher, God. God trumps any of the usual intuition or fear. I was there because He wanted me there. He knew I would step up to simply…DO SOMETHING. I am glad I was good for something when it really mattered that I be.  Later the road would be closed to traffic due to those icy conditions…who knows how long that person may have been trapped and stranded before the next roadscraper would have been through before she was discovered?  Yes, something bigger was at work that late evening, I believe. Things could have turned out so much more differently, less happily. On so many levels.  So grateful to be part of a very happy ending.

Thank you, God.

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The Angeles Crest Highway that runs through the Angeles National Forest. 

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Remembering the Challenger Crew | NASA

Posted in Death, Future, Grief, Heroism, Inspiration, Loss, Memorialization, Remembrance, Technology, Traffic Accident, Tragic death with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2014 by Morguie

Remembering the Challenger Crew

Remembering the Challenger Crew | NASA.

UPDATE: 01/31/2014 NASA Honored the losses of all three of their disasters…

Sharon Christa McAuliffe received a preview of...

Sharon Christa McAuliffe received a preview of microgravity during a special flight aboard NASA’s KC-135 “zero gravity” aircraft. A special parabolic pattern flown by the aircraft provides shore periods of weightlessness. These flights are often nicknamed the “vomit comet” because of the nausea that is often induced. McAuliffe represented the Teacher in Space Project aboard the STS 51-L/Challenger when it exploded during take-off on January 28, 1986 and claimed the lives of the crewmembers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I cannot believe this slipped past me…I missed putting it up at the start of January 28. The Challenger was built here where I live, practically across the street from where I sit typing this. I can clearly remember the pride of the people here as we walked this ship down one of our city streets as it was being rolled from its birthplace, in the hangars at the Palmdale Grumman plant to the Edwards A.F.B.

I’ll never forget the day of this tragic accident. I was getting into the car to go over to the printer’s to pick up my wedding invitations. I can still see the images play in my mind of the incredible after-launch explosion. I remember too, Christa McAuliffe’s classroom of students was also watching — I wondered how hard that had to be, explaining to those little kids that their teacher just died, right before their eyes, on live television.

In a couple more days, we have another Shuttle disaster to remember, the Columbia. It too was born right here. God Bless America and those souls who have given all in the name of understanding the space frontier.


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