When the news hits close to home

I don’t know about you, but when I look at the news, I tend to skim through it online and maybe read a story or two that catches my eye.

But when you hear about something first AND THEN start looking for more information, well, that’s a whole different way of looking at the news. Last year, with the Virginia Tech massacre still in progress, I had arrived at work (not having seen or heard any news yet) and saw the IM status message of my brother’s girlfriend (then a student living on-campus at VT): “Campus shooting. Under lockdown.” I spent the rest of the day online chatting with her and keeping tabs on all the news as it developed.

Wrong Way Car Crash on the 5I had a similar feeling this morning I signed online to check email and received a slew messages from my good friend who lives in OC. Her teenaged daughter (B) is freaking out she said, because there was a fatal car crash last night on the 5 freeway; 3 people were killed. And B was supposed to have been in that car, but it was the “one night she didn’t go out with her friends in Hollywood.”

Last night around 3am, there was a wrong-way driver in a Toyota Yaris driving northbound up to 80mph on the southbound 5 near Commerce. He collided with a Nissan Sentra filled with the friends of B; the female driver and a female passenger in the car were killed, along with the wrong-way driver. Two male passengers in the Nissan Sentra are critically injured. There was another friend (D), who was driving in another vehicle who witnessed the collision and said that both cars went airborne after they crashed. D called B at 6am to tell her what had happened.

And although the group had been at a club in Hollywood, they had not had any alcohol. They were simply driving the right way on the freeway, trying to get home after a fun night out.

There is some coverage in the local news, at CBS and NBC (video and slideshow available), but this is the type of story I normally would have glanced at and not given another thought to.

Today, I am looking at the story with my friend and B in mind, and I send my deepest condolences to everyone who has been impacted by the losses of these young lives.

Photo from NBC4.tv

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