Witnessing a tragedy on Highway 49 | TheUnion.com

Witnessing a tragedy on Highway 49

On Saturday night, Feb. 16, my daughter and I were looking forward to scanning the skies. We hoped to see the space shuttle/space station connection reflecting the sun’s rays as it flew across the horizon.

However, when 6:30 p.m. came, I found myself standing on the side of Highway 49 trying to comfort my daughter. We watched Lifeflight speed away on its path to the hospital ” shining lights in the sky, setting a different course for all of us that night.

I don’t know if I will ever be able to erase the sight of a motorcycle broadsiding a Suburban, the roar of its engine as it flew by my car, the impact, then the silence. I became vaguely aware of screaming and realized it came from within my car ” my daughter’s and my own. I don’t know if the motorcycle driver lived. I know a piece of me died.

Please take care when driving on our roads and highways. Watch the speed limits and the traffic lights. Better to be cautious than a blur of lights crossing the evening sky.

Lauretta Muzio

Grass Valley

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