A Death in my Family

Death comes suddenly.

I woke up this morning to a call from my Sister’s partner in Virginia.

My Sister had an accident on her way to work and was killed in a
collision with a truck.

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. – Authorities are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Thursday morning in James City County.

The crash occurred around 7:45 a.m. on Industrial Boulevard and Richmond Road and involved a tractor-trailer and a vehicle.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2003 Ford Taurus driven by 59-year-old Sandra Sarah Dunaway, was headed eastbound on Richmond Road. In the area of Industrial Boulevard, the Taurus crossed over the media and hit a tractor-trailer head on.

The tractor-trailer was driven by a 40-year-old Yorktown man.

Dunaway, who was believed to not be wearing her seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured.

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I am on my way to Virginia to say good bye to my Sister so I will be gone
from my blog though I may check in from my cell phone.

This is one of the few photographs I have of us as children.

In this photo Sandra is two and I am six.

A brownie snapshot of two chikdren
An old Brownie snapshot my sister and me.


97 thoughts on “A Death in my Family

  1. Dear Robert, hitting the Like button feels like an injustice to the emotions and feelings you must be processing right now. I hope you have the support around you to carry you through the grieving process and that you are able to find moments where you can tap into good memories. You are not alone, please remember that, and I send you my support to you as best as I can, Harlon


  2. Dear Rob,

    I was just catching up on my emails when I spotted this horrible news. This accident robbed you of getting to say a proper good bye.

    I am so sorry for your pain and for your loss.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Robert, my heart goes out to you and the entire family on the loss of your beloved sister, Sandra. Too young, so unexpected, and now dearly missed by those who love her. Please accept my condolences.

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  4. I’m so sorry for you , your sister, both for her sudden loss, and the thought that you will not be able to reconcile as you had planned. Heartbreaking. My deepest sympathies, Robert. πŸ’˜

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  5. Rob, I’m so terribly sorry! I hope you are holding up. I love that picture of the two of you. I ‘liked’ this post in support, not because there is anything to actually like about this tragedy.
    I’m thinking of you.

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  6. I’m so sorry to hear this. My wife lost her mom in accident six years ago. So sudden and out of the blue. Life is precious, and every day should be cherished. Our sincerest thoughts are with you and your family. πŸ˜”

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  7. My thoughts are with you this afternoon. Having lost our son in a traffic accident several years ago, I know the shock can be overwhelming. Hoping that you will start to embrace/ remember the happy experiences you had with your sister. Most of all…I wish for you to find your smile again…it may be hidden, but your smile is still with you.

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  8. Dear Rob, so sorry about your sister’s accidental death. She was far too young and I am so sad at the thought of all the years you have lost now. This makes me tear up, since I have two brothers, one who is going to be 58 and the other will be 60 this year. It is so extraordinarily hard to imagine this happening, all in an instance. Hugs and many wishes for comfort, love and family to help you through this sent from me to you.

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    1. The pain of the abuse kept us away from each other; it was as if the sight of each other was too painful to bear. I had hoped that we would be able to get past that and we had just begun to discuss meeting in Charleston in the Spring.


  9. So sorry for your loss, may God almighty strengthen you and your family in these difficult times. ❀❀

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  10. Don’t want to ‘like’this Rob, but I wanted to acknowledge that I am deeply sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself and RIP Sandra xxx

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