My wonderful next door neighbors son was killed today in an accident. He was doing his job when something went wrong and his life was over. A truly great guy, a loving husband, a dedicated son and he adored his 2 year old daughter.
Simply doing his job, although his job was not a typical job. He was an advanced driving instructor for Richard Petty Motorsports and he was in the managment of the Driving Experience for the Speedway at Walt Disney World. He was riding in the passenger seat of a Lambroghini which was being operated on the speedway as part of their Exotic Driving Experience. We do not have the specific details of precisely what occured, just a general description.
The driver was operating the Lambroghini on the track and lost control and the sports car struck a guardrail with the passenger side of the vehicle. My neighbors oldest son was the instructor in the passenger seat. The angle of the collision along with other factors still under investigation resulted in this wonderful young man, who was a truly gifted and experienced race car driver, losing his life.
The shockwaves that this has sent through our homes is simply stunning. I was standing in the driveway talking to his mother about him and his wife and daughter at the time the accident occured. While she didn't get called until an hour or so later and we obviously had no idea what was occuring while we were speaking about him, I never imagined what could be occuring. While we were discussing the next time he was coming home with his family and reflecting about his visit here over Easter which also was a celebration of his grandparents 65th wedding anniversary, it never occured to me that we wouldn't see him again during this life.
My neighbors are devastated by the news. In shock would be an understatement. Just like that, he is gone. Leaving a beautiful and loving wife and their precious 2 year old daughter. I am still stunned.
Although I have lost many people who were important and close to me, you still never get ready for the shock of the news. And when a death is so sudden and unexpected, the news takes your breath away.
Life is certainly precious. While we get into discussions about tractors and even into politics and problems with neighbors on this forum, it all seems so insignificant when the reality of life reminds us that we are each only here for a short while in perspective and some, have even less time to spend with those they love.
Rest in Peace my friend, G.T. You will be missed by many who really love you.