Deaths of Two Young Girls Are Numbing

By: Roger Sheppard
By: Roger Sheppard

Two I-77 accidents this year take a total of four lives

There is almost nothing more painful to have to report on than the sudden, unexpected death of a child.

WTAP News was faced with that situation once again this week when a young girl from Alliance, Ohio was killed in an auto accident on I-77, just north of Marietta on Thursday.

Rebecca Woodburn was just 10 years old.

The driver of the car in which she was riding was also hurt, when their vehicle went out of control, went into the median strip and then came back into the roadway and slammed…rear end first…into a truck.

In April of this year, 11-year-old Maliyah Jones, of Solon, Ohio, her mother and another woman were killed on the I-77 bridge between Marietta and Williamstown, when their stalled vehicle was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer and exploded into flames.

Two little girls.

Both of them riding in cars they had no control over.

Both of them passing through the Mid-Ohio Valley on their way elsewhere.

Both of them travelling on I-77.

Both of them killed in the blink of an eye.

There really isn't anything more to say other than you never know when you head out on a trip, whether or not you'll get there alive.

The only other thing to say is that we ought not take trips like this so lightly. They ought not be done on a lark and without understanding that for all the news we hear about plane crashes and other major disasters, oftentimes the most dangerous part of any trip we ever take, is the portion that takes place in a car, a van, an SUV or a pick-up truck.

We never knew Rebecca Woodburn or Maliyah Jones.

But they were here in our community when they lost their lives.

We mourn their passing and we offer our condolences, from a distance, to their families and friends.

And we hope that by acknowledging their passing, we can all take to heart the phrase we often say without really thinking about it: Drive carefully.


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