Let's start first by sending up prayers for everyone involved in this senseless situation.

This week has been filled with shocking tragedies and each one of them could have been avoided.

Tuesday: Five Killed In Livingston County Crash (MLive) -- A driver with a spotty record ran a stop sign while traveling at a high rate of speed and smashed into another vehicle. Neither driver involved was behind the wheel legally.  One of the victims, a passenger, was on her way home from an event held in her honor.

Wednesday: Motorcyclist Killed in Aurelius Twp. (WILX-TV) -- An SUV turns, crossing into the path of a motorcycle.  The rider was wearing a helmet.  He leaves behind a daughter that just celebrated her fourth birthday.

And then Thursday afternoon: Three Taken to Hospital After Wrong-Way Collision (WILX-TV).  Right around the time I would normally be traveling on that very stretch of road, a driver Bath Police believe was drunk, took to the road, going the wrong way on I-69 and causing a head-on collision that sent three to the hospital.

"Angels Watching Over Me," an old 80s song by Amy Grant comes to mind as I think that had I been on time on Thursday, it could have very well been me involved in that accident.  Fortunately, I was running late and didn't pass through until a little after 3pm.  The accident happened just before 2pm.

"God only knows the times my life was threatened just today.
A reckless car ran out of gas before it ran my way.
Near misses all around me, accidents unknown,
Though I never see with human eyes the hands that lead me home."
~ Angels Watching Over Me, Amy Grant

There are multiple morals to these stories.  First: Be safe and responsible on the road.  Second: Be aware and be cautious on the road -- you can be the most skilled driver but it only takes one poor decision by another driver for catastrophic consequences.  Third: Count your blessings.  We have no idea how close we are to death or serious injury every day.  And finally: We've got a lot of neighbors who are going to need extra love, support and prayers -- how can we help?


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