Woman Loses Third Of Her Four Children, Plans Third Pyre Of Belongings
LARGO, Fla. (AP) _ From a distance, Diana Paine saw emergency vehicles respond to an accident that killed an 11-year-old boy, struck by a truck while riding his dirt bike to school.
Later, she learned it was her son - the third of her four children to die in the past nine years.
″No one should have to go through three of them. One is bad enough,″ said Mrs. Paine, 32.
Shawn McGuire was killed Monday when he cut across traffic on a busy six- lane artery and was struck by a pickup truck, police said.
″I don’t miss them until the casket is closed,″ Mrs. Paine said. ″When they’re lowered into the grave, that’s the last you can see of them. I think it’s unfair. It really is.″
Mrs. Paine said crib death claimed her 7 1/2 -week-old daughter, Laura Jean Paine, in July. She lost her 6-year-old son, Ralph Raymond Kegg, to pneumonia in 1979.
Mrs. Paine and her husband, William James Paine Jr., 26, have a 2-year-old son, Anthony.
Mrs. Paine said Shawn usually rode the school bus, but decided Monday to ride the dirt bike he got for his birthday in September. She thought he knew enough to get to an intersection or a traffic light before trying to cross the heavily traveled road.
No charges were filed against the truck driver but an investigation continues, said Largo police Sgt. Ned Karantonis.
The Paines, meanwhile, are trying to cope with their grief.
Each time one of her children is buried, Mrs. Paine stacks all his belongings in a pile and burns them.
″I don’t believe a living child should have to play with a dead child’s toys,″ she said.