Accident Re-creation

From my journal dated June 17, 2002:

Joe talked to Brian [Alina’s dad] for a while tonight. The Sheriff’s Investigation Unit has asked Brian to help with a re-creation of the accident scene since he was there.

I can’t imagine doing that! Poor Brian!

They are going to have him on 180th where he was sitting (waiting to turn left) when the accident happened. They will then drive an Eclipse by at varying speeds, and Brian is supposed to estimate which one seems the closest to the speed the car was going before it hit Jason and Alina. It’s all part of the investigation research to charge the kid that hit them, but it’s got to be so hard on Brian…to have to re-live that night in an actual re-creation. God, help him!!



On March 3, 2002 not long after midnight, Alina had called home to ask one of her parents to pick her up at our house. Her dad, Brian, drove over to get her. For some reason, once he got here, he thought he had misunderstood and went home without Alina. When he got to their house, Alina wasn’t there. In the meantime, Jason and Alina must have realized Brian had left without her, and Jason decided to drive her home. Brian was heading back to our house to pick up Alina, not knowing that Jason had already left to take her home.

I don’t know why Jason and Alina were at that corner right then, heading back to our house. My guess is that he saw Brian heading our way and turned around to find him. (Jason usually took the shortcut down Interurban between our homes and Brian usually took the slightly longer 90 degree angle route.) As Brian was sitting waiting to turn left on the road to our house, the Eclipse came up over the hill past Brian. The driver was going more than twice the speed limit and broadsided Jason as he was turning left onto 180th. The Sheriff’s Investigation Unit and the insurance companies determined that Jason, under normal driving conditions, was not responsible for the accident and would have had plenty of time to safely make the left-hand turn if the Eclipse had not been going at such a recklessly dangerous speed.

Brian went to check on the occupants of the car. As he was walking toward Jason’s car (he didn’t realize it was Jason’s car, though, until later), the driver of the Eclipse walked past him. Brian said something to him about the accident, and the driver said, “What accident?” and kept walking.

Brian didn’t recognize Jason’s car and, in the dark (there are no streetlights on that corner), didn’t recognize the occupants. He had no reason to suspect that Jason and Alina would be at that intersection at that time. All he could see was one person and realized she could not have survived the accident. After getting a neighbor to call 911, he proceeded on to our house. When he found they weren’t at our house, he returned to their home, passing the accident again on his way just as the emergency vehicles arrived. Realizing Jason and Alina were not at either house, Brian called us to say that he had passed a horrible accident and that we needed to get down to the intersection of Interurban and 180th right away.

This entry was posted in Accident, Bereaved Parent, Death of a child, Grief/Grieving, Investigation and tagged by Rebecca Carney - One Woman's Perspective. Bookmark the permalink.

About Rebecca Carney - One Woman's Perspective

My name is Becky Carney. My husband, Joe, and I have been married for 40 years. We have two living children, Eric (37) and Jenna (32). We lost a baby in utero at 19 weeks in 1987. In 2002, our middle son, Jason (19), and his best friend, Alina (20), were broadsided by a drunk driver who was going at least twice the speed limit. They both died instantly. This blog is written from my perspective as a bereaved parent. I don't claim to know what it's like to walk in anyone else's shoes. Each situation is different; each person is different. Everyone handles grief differently. But if I can create any degree of understanding of what it's like to be a parent who has lost a child, then I have succeeded in my reason for writing this blog.

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