Open Forum: ‘Yo Lo’
Posted: January 29, 2013
Although Virginia has had a reduction over the past five years, there continues to be a litany of auto fatalities on state highways.
As of mid-October 2012, the state Department of Motor Vehicles had tallied 608 traffic accident fatalities across the state. And with the recent loss of a beloved young man, Hunter Crane, one fatality is too many!
As parents we should encourage our young drivers to obey all state roadway laws — speeding, running red lights, drinking under the influence (not referring to Hunter Crane), texting, etc. Young and old, there should be a realization that we are all only one accident away from sustaining permanent disabilities, life-theatening injuries, or demise.
A couple of years after high school graduation, our class at Handley lost dear friends, Rick Fernandez and Gail Butler, due to auto accidents, and most of us have been impacted by auto accidents in one way, shape, or form.
Maintain an open mind that you can continue to learn lessons related to highway safety no matter how young or old you are. This writer concedes that nearly five years ago, he got a rude awakening after being arrested for a DUI. At first, there was acrimony and resentment on my part, but in time, the violation was a “blessing in disguise.” Driving inebriated any given day or night could have resulted in maiming or loss of life for an innocent driver or myself. A charge of vehicular manslaughter could have been imminent.
Having only gotten to know a little about Hunter Crane through this tragedy, it is apparent he had a love for life, sports, and his dog Gauge. He had a wonderful smile, a great sense of humor, and a promise of a bright and rewarding future. In dealing with this painful loss, one should allow Biblical passages on faith, hope, and love to permeate his or her soul. Be cognizant that this "good-hearted” young man is in good hands and will be remembered for his contributions to life.
Through this excruciating loss, hopefully Hunter’s fall will turn out positive for many of his friends, family, and the community. He has reminded all to obey highway laws and, in turn, his soul and example will save other lives.
In closing let us as a community cherish and honor Hunter Crane's life, and accentuate the positive with his motto “Yo Lo — You only live once.” And let the lyrics from Kool and the Gang soothe and rejuvenate your heart.
“Cherish the love we had, we should cherish the life we live.
“Cherish the love, cherish the life, cherish the love.
“The world is always changing nothing stays the same.
“But love will stand the test of time.”
Doug Strosnider is a resident of Winchester.