February 18, 2006

A Heartwrenching End

I got a phone call from my dad last night at 3:30 am. He called to tell me that he and my brother had landed ... they were going to visit my grandmother for the weekend. But that was all he could say before the line went quiet and he handed my brother the phone.

He told me something had happened. I didn't learn the details until this morning.

My grandmother never showed up at the airport last night to pick them up. They called the police to go check on her, but she wasn't at her house. Before they knew anything else, they got a call from the Chaplain at the hospital - my grandmother had been in an accident.

She was hit head-on by an oncoming truck that came into her lane - Carolla vs S-10. Despite her good driving record and her new, safe, little car, the drunk driver was stronger. He fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended by the police.

I had hoped to hear she died instantly, but she had a pulse at the scene. She died either enroute or shortly after getting to the hospital, but before my dad and brother could make it there. My brother said she looked ok though - no largely traumatic injuries that could be seen at least.

But as if a car accident weren't a bad enough way for an elderly person to go, she died alone. That is the hardest thing for me to take right now. She lived alone, she always felt like no one was paying attention to her, and now she has died alone.

My dad has asked me to stay put until the services but none of those arrangements have been made.

Posted by Princess Cat at February 18, 2006 12:20 PM @ 12:20 PM in Ok, I'm Serious Here // Permalink | TrackBack


I'm so sorry to hear that. If there's anything at all I can do, you know how to get in touch.

My deepest condolences for your loss.

Posted by: skippystalin at February 18, 2006 12:38 PM

Cat, I am so sorry. My condolences to your family.

Posted by: nic at February 18, 2006 01:32 PM

Cat, I'm so very sorry to hear this news. My deepest condolences to you and to your family.

Posted by: Victor at February 18, 2006 01:41 PM

Cat, I am so sorry for your loss. I really am. It is unthinkable for any relative to pass on, especially this way.
My deepest condolences.
I am sure though, that her family was there with her in her last moments in thought.

Posted by: Blogeline at February 18, 2006 08:53 PM

That's horrible, Cat. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at February 18, 2006 10:04 PM

I am sorry for your loss.
While I agree that she passed 'alone', I don't think she felt alone. If I understand your post, she was on her way to the airport to pickup her son and granson, right?
Well, if they were coming to visit, then she knew she wasn't alone.
I bet that if she had survived the crash, she would have been more concerned about leaving them stranded at the airport.

Posted by: _Jon at February 19, 2006 12:33 AM

my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I will have the prayer folks at my church lift you up in prayer. again, i am so terribly sorry.

Posted by: Shelley at February 19, 2006 03:00 AM


Posted by: amelie at February 19, 2006 03:16 PM

... I saddened by this horrible news... my thoughts are with you and your family, Cat...

Posted by: Eric at February 19, 2006 04:34 PM

I am sorry to hear of your loss..
need anything just ask

Posted by: Katie at February 20, 2006 06:26 PM


And _Jon is perfectly right. She had warm thoughts of her family when she passed.

Posted by: Harvey at February 21, 2006 09:01 PM