Tragic vehicle wrecks stun SE Texas again
Once again, the unbelievable news filters into our minds, and our hearts: Three young lives taken from us in a single, horrific car wreck. Tragically, that same weekend a 9-year old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing a road in Liberty County.
It seems like too much to bear any time. On the verge of Christmas, one of the happiest times of the year, it seems like a cruel twist. Families and friends will never forget these heartaches, yet now they will be reminded of them every time the calendar approaches this special season.
We search for answers, but frankly there aren’t many.
The 9-year-old student in the Beaumont ISD was fatally struck about 7:40 p.m. on Saturday, well past sunset. Would better lighting have averted this accident, or perhaps some other factor? We don’t know that now, and we may never.
The three teenagers perished Sunday morning about 5:30 a.m., just before sunrise. Woodville police do not believe that drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident. The teens from Nederland were believed to be visiting property outside of Tyler County that belonged to one of the victims. Again, few answers for many questions.
All we know for sure is that Nicholas Breaux, who had just turned 17 on Friday, and Natalee Merriman, also 17, along with Waylon Paul, who was even younger, are gone when their lives were just beginning.
Tragedies like that used to be exceedingly rare. Yet just three months ago, three other teens were killed in a wreck near Saratoga.
That’s not supposed to happen to so many young people so full of promise. They could have done so much, and lived so many grand adventures. They didn’t, and they never really had a chance to make their mark, to do incredible things for themselves and others. It doesn’t seem fair, and it isn’t.
Should we all drive safer, resolving never to speed, or text behind the wheel or enter a vehicle while too tired or inebriated? Of course, but none of those factors may have been involved here.
Sometimes, there just aren’t any solutions or reasons when our brain demands them. Sometimes, all we can do is accept what has happened, vowing never to forget it, even if we can’t understand it.