Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Illinois wisconsin border
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I just recieved this in an email from a freind IT WAS POSTED ON a local jeep forum. Kinda makes you think.
I can finally write about this... a married couple my wife and I consider to be our closest friends had a tragic accident three weeks ago while offroading at Glamis Calif. She was killed instantly and he was seriously injured when their VW powered dunebuggy went nose-down over a steep drop-off while driving at only around 25 mph on a clear warm Friday morning. No alcohol or drugs were involved. Their dunebuggy had 4-point harnesses for both of them that were tied into the rollcage but the seats failed and she came out from underneath her harness during the multiple rollovers. She was gone by the time friends (one of which was an RN) reached them seconds after the accident to perform CPR. Her husband was one of those that was so safety conscious that he almost got in trouble for checking then tightening her harness almost a little too much before they left camp that morning. Some of you may remember me telling about helping a friend to restore his '73 CJ a few years ago? This is who it happened to.
He's nearly blind, for how long we don't know, from optical nerve damage from the impact and concussion, plus he has a badly broken leg and deep bruising around his torso. The only good thing about all this is that he survived, though he would gladly trade places with his wife/best friend... the poor guy is just crushed, they were married over 35 years.
So guys and gals, this stuff can and does happen to "us" and it did within my small circle of friends. If you are an offroader, be careful out there and don't relax about safety for even an instant. If tragedy like this can strike my conservative and very safety-minded best friends, it can happen to any of us.
[img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] to all my zuk family be safe in your travels