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Terrible tragedy

February 18th, 2012 at 01:56 pm

I just posted a little while ago, mentioning that my friend and neighbor was due back here in CT from Florida, where she had been visiting her grand-daughter for a week.

I called her after posting that blog to see if she was home yet. She had just gotten in about an hour earlier and I asked her if she'd had a good time.

Not really.

She got there (I forget what town it was now, but on the west side) last Saturday, the same day they were expecting her son-in-law's parents to arrive. My neighbor was going to be sharing a rental house with them for the week she was visiting, something she'd done before a year or so ago.

The son-in-law's parents were from Queens, NY but were down in FL visiting a variety of friends and driving from Miami to see their son and daughter-in-law.

They never made it. The mother was driving and apparently had a heart attack and struck a tree head-on. This was in the Bradenton area, wherever that is. The mother died at the scene and the father is in critical condition. They don't think he'll make it. They were in their late 60s, early 70s. The car was filled with gifts for their grand kids.

So what my neighbor had been looking forward to as a nice vacation, warm weather and children's birthday parties ended up being a very somber, depressing time. Most of the time her granddaughter and son-in-law were at the hospital and she just hung around and looked after her great-grand kids.

The mother had been on heart medication and checked out fine just 10 days earlier. They think it might have been a massive, undetected blood clot.

Gosh. How awful.

7 Responses to “Terrible tragedy”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    That is very sad.

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    That is sad. Frown Sorry to hear of it.

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    That is very sad!
    Scary too - it all happening so suddenly.

  4. SicilyYoder Says:

    So very sad. Prayers sent to the family.

  5. jewels3 Says:

    So sorry. Frown Bradenton is on the Gulf side of Florida south of Tampa.

  6. Ima saver Says:

    I am so sorry!

  7. CB in the City Says:

    Oh, that's awful. My mom used to live in Bradenton, and my grandparents retired there. I remember it as a traffic nightmare -- very congested roads and lots of seniors driving.

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