We are all advised from time to time of the brutally harsh essence of existence.
Do your best to be kind, to forgive people, and to always express to your loved ones how you feel; you never know when you won’t get the chance again.
Just ask the family of four sisters slain in a horrific vehicle accident on Saturday afternoon in Schoharie, upstate New York. The daughters and their spouses were among 20 people murdered in the worst US transportation tragedy in a decade on their way to a birthday party for the youngest sister, who was turning 30.
On the way to the party, the limousine they were riding in ran a stop sign and collided with a parked car outside a business.
In all, 17 birthday party guests, as well as the limo driver and two pedestrians, were slain.
Amy and Axel Steenburg, Abigail and Adam Jackson, Mary and Rob Dyson, and Allison King are the names of three of the four sisters who were travelling with their spouses.
The customised vehicle carrying the passengers failed an inspection last month and was not meant to be on the road. Furthermore, the driver lacked the necessary licensing to operate the car.
Officials are now attempting to determine if the crash was caused by a mechanical failure or by driver mistake, with the limo crashing past a stop sign and into a parked SUV.
The four sisters who died in the tragedy were hailed as “lovely girls” by Barbara Douglas, their aunt.
They did the appropriate thing and hired a limo to avoid having to drive anywhere.
Condolences have poured in from all around the world, and inquiries into what went wrong are still underway in the sleepy community of Schoharie.
Let us pray that all of the victims are in a better place now.