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October 19, 2007

Luck favores the prepared... sometimes it favors the unprepared

A few months ago I posted a short blurb about my brother-in-law Michael who was in a serious car accident. To divulge the whole story is too emotional, especially since I have family that read my blog, but a condensed version must be told so that you can truly appreciate the gravity of the photos below.

The short story is that Michael, his best friend and roommate, and their girlfriends were coming back home after a concert they attended. It was late (or early depending on how you look at it) and Michael was feeling tired so he asked his room mate to drive. Only 2 exits from home, the room mate fell asleep and the car veered off the road and slammed into a tree at about 70 mph. No drugs. No booze. He just fell asleep.

The driver and Michael's girlfriend escaped with only minor injuries, Michael suffered a myriad of broken bones and serious head trauma, the other passenger died from her injuries that night. All in all, a pretty shitty night.

Michael is recovering but the process is slow. He has had almost a dozen surgeries and it is painfully apparent that the head trauma has taken its toll on Michael. He needs constant care which his parents tried valiantly to provide at their home, but the extent of Michael's care was just too much of a demand. He is extremely lucky to be alive, especially since he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. His family is behind him 100% and each day is a testament that prayer works.

As with every family crisis there is a certain amount of drama but nothing which will be repeated here. Instead, here are the pictures of Michael's car. Keep in mind that he was in the front passenger seat.


  1. Yipes...that's pretty terrifying. Life throws us some pretty awful curveballs sometimes.

  2. Man that's bad, there's not much left of that passenger side.