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Brothers Die In Separate Car Crashes Minutes Apart
The Indy Channel ^ | 12-8-05 | AP

Posted on 12/08/2005 11:24:13 AM PST by digger48

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Two brothers died within minutes of each other early Wednesday in separate traffic crashes in a rural county where their father is a sheriff's deputy.

Rory McDowell, 23, and Cory McDowell, 21, were pronounced dead a couple of miles from the home they shared with their father, Andy McDowell, in southwestern Kentucky's Warren County.

Andy McDowell was not on duty at the time but was taken to Rory's crash. He later was driven past Cory's fiery crash, not knowing his younger son was involved in it.

"You take the most unimaginable hell that a parent could be told and double that," Warren County Deputy Coroner Dwayne Lawrence said.

The brothers didn't have any other siblings, he said.

Rory McDowell lost control of his pickup truck coming out of a curve and the vehicle struck a tree shortly before 1:30 a.m., authorities said.

About 15 minutes later, Cory McDowell's 1984 Porsche veered off another rural road, went into a spin, struck a tree and burst into flames, authorities said.

The crashes remained under investigation, police said.

Authorities said the father had always doted on his sons. "That's all he talked about was his boys," said sheriff's department Sgt. Tim Meyer. "He lived for his boys."

Warren County is about 110 miles southwest of Louisville.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: justdamn
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1 posted on 12/08/2005 11:24:13 AM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

Aww heck...lots of prayers for this guy, indeed.


2 posted on 12/08/2005 11:27:08 AM PST by Eepsy
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To: digger48

Heartbreaking.


3 posted on 12/08/2005 11:27:25 AM PST by msnimje (Everyday there is a new example of the Democrats "Culture of Dementia")
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To: digger48

Oh, no. That poor man.


4 posted on 12/08/2005 11:27:28 AM PST by sddINRep (The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face to shine upon you...)
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To: digger48

Too strange for words. We had a case here in the Philly suburbs a few years back where a mother had an accident (minor) and a few hours later, her daughter was killed in an accident very near that spot. But to have two sons to die like this so close together?


5 posted on 12/08/2005 11:27:51 AM PST by twigs
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To: digger48

Already posted:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1536240/posts?page=32


6 posted on 12/08/2005 11:28:16 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (.)
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To: digger48

My prayer goes to the dad... (BTW, where's the mum?)


7 posted on 12/08/2005 11:28:58 AM PST by paudio (Four More Years..... Let's Use Them Wisely...)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Sorry about that. I copied the headline and searched.


8 posted on 12/08/2005 11:29:27 AM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

Just damn!

Prayers up for this devastated father.


9 posted on 12/08/2005 11:30:43 AM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: digger48

Last week there was a story of two sisters in separate cars that died when they had a head-on collision with each other. If I remember correctly, they were traveling to each others house.


10 posted on 12/08/2005 11:31:16 AM PST by Niteranger68 ("Spare the rod, spoil the liberal.")
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To: digger48

How awful. I cannot imagine that happening to me. Prayers for the dad.


11 posted on 12/08/2005 11:31:22 AM PST by Auntbee (I love football season!!)
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To: digger48

This is just beyond words.


12 posted on 12/08/2005 11:31:52 AM PST by Bahbah (Free Scooter; Tony Schaffer for the US Senate)
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To: digger48
Awful.

Prayers for the Dad.

13 posted on 12/08/2005 11:32:58 AM PST by b4its2late (More Republicans in Congress need to grow a pair.)
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To: digger48

jeez louise, the tears started just from reading the headline..

How horrible...prayers up for Mr. McDowell...talk about hell on earth.

Just damn. (to borrow a phrase)


14 posted on 12/08/2005 11:36:09 AM PST by Txsleuth (MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANNUKAH...The dems are spreading joy through GOPland!)
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To: RacerF150

Small town where I grew up, a younger friend of mine, he was 21, raised his dumptruck bed up into power lines behind their family home, as he burst into flames, his 19 yo sister ran from the house to him and was electrocuted 50 feet before she reached him.

That aged everyone in the community by 20 years.


15 posted on 12/08/2005 11:44:04 AM PST by digger48
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To: digger48
Just horrible......


reminds me of the case a number of years ago(15-20??) here on the LI Expressway...(or was it the parkway)...where a tow truck operator was called to an accident and found his wife and kids had died when the blazer or bronco that they just had gotten and the wife really didnt understand high center of gravity vehicle driving, had flipped it in a turn and brought about the demise of this poor mans whole family and there he was to witness it....

all the poor husband and father could think of to do was to beat the wrecked hulk with a sledge until the troopers were finally able to get him some help and sedation.
16 posted on 12/08/2005 11:44:29 AM PST by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" R. A. Heinlein)
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To: digger48

Maybe they drove crazy because they didn't think they could get in trouble because their Dad was the Sherrif.


Ripleys Believe it or Not.


17 posted on 12/08/2005 11:45:15 AM PST by The_Republican
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To: digger48
Small town where I grew up, a younger friend of mine, he was 21, raised his dumptruck bed up into power lines behind their family home, as he burst into flames, his 19 yo sister ran from the house to him and was electrocuted 50 feet before she reached him.

That aged everyone in the community by 20 years.

It's hard to imagine how a family even begins to cope with something like that........

18 posted on 12/08/2005 11:57:22 AM PST by Niteranger68 ("Spare the rod, spoil the liberal.")
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To: digger48

Maybe he should have given them tickets for speeding at some point.


19 posted on 12/08/2005 11:59:53 AM PST by mc6809e
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To: digger48

Prayers for the poor Father.

And the accidents where completely unrelated yet minutes apart...imagine the incredible odds of that happening!


20 posted on 12/08/2005 12:00:06 PM PST by Gator101
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To: digger48

OMG...prayers for this poor family.....


21 posted on 12/08/2005 12:03:21 PM PST by lawgirl ("You can try to wipe the memories aside, but it's you that you erase..." Honestly- Billy Corgan)
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To: RacerF150

There was one brother left. Mom and Dad were zombies for years.

it's been 18 years ago now, but I'm going through the kleenex right now remembering the faces of the town fathers as they emerged from the scene.

I lost 6 friends in 6 months that year.
2 electrocuted
2 murdered by step-son
2 took a CO nap


22 posted on 12/08/2005 12:07:59 PM PST by digger48
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To: digger48
From the article: "... the vehicle struck a tree shortly before 1:30 a.m ..."

Sounds like closing time to me. If a young man survives that period of his life, he will be asleep in bed at that time of the morning. If you buy enough lottery tickets, you are bound to "win" something.

23 posted on 12/08/2005 12:23:38 PM PST by William Tell (RKBA for California (rkba.members.sonic.net) - Volunteer by contacting Dave at rkba@sonic.net)
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To: digger48
digger48 said: "I lost 6 friends in 6 months that year. "

That's a tremendous loss. We baby-boomers are entering a phase of life that everyone experiences. My wife's oldest brother just died at the age of 81. At the services it was sobering to realize just how many of the family are just a few short years from that age.

Virtually every time that boomers enter a new phase of their lives, the media end up treating it like a new discovery. Expect to see documentaries on this real soon now.

24 posted on 12/08/2005 12:29:24 PM PST by William Tell (RKBA for California (rkba.members.sonic.net) - Volunteer by contacting Dave at rkba@sonic.net)
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To: digger48

When I was in HS (mid 80's), teen suicide was a huge issue. I had 5 friends/acquaintances in a 3 year period that checked out on life. It doesn't seem that it's as bad now as it was then. I wonder what happened.


25 posted on 12/08/2005 12:29:43 PM PST by Niteranger68 ("Spare the rod, spoil the liberal.")
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To: digger48

That's awful. I hope the day will come when the father will be able to see past his grief.


26 posted on 12/08/2005 12:42:38 PM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: digger48
Wow, these posts are so hard to read without crying. I can't even begin to know what to say. I have two sons and I worry every time they walk out the door, but how to live with this kind of grief, I don't ever want to know. God bless the family of these boys and may the be together with Him in heaven.
27 posted on 12/08/2005 12:52:19 PM PST by ladiesview61
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To: Vaquero

A few years ago in our county, a man and his wife were struck and killed by a drunk driver as they crossed the road on their way to a party. They were both members of the local rescue squad. Their teen-age daughter was home and heard the 911 call on the scanner. She knew her parents were in that area, so she called the party to tell them about the accident so they could go and help the victims. Soooo sad.


28 posted on 12/08/2005 1:08:56 PM PST by Library Lady
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To: digger48
To send condolences:

Warren County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Mr. Andy McDowell
429 E 10th
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101
(270)842-1633

29 posted on 12/08/2005 1:58:49 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: digger48

Between my freshman year in high school and age 26, my town of 5000 lost 22 young drivers. My brother was the last of those fatalities. I marvel at how people went on in spite of it. Today, grief counselors would be all over the place. Furthermore, today such statistics would prompt some sort of investigation including the dismissal of the driving instructor, who was an old football coach but no one's idea of a great driver himself.


30 posted on 12/08/2005 8:52:25 PM PST by MHT
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To: William Tell

Statistics are that by 11 PM, about 1/4 of the drivers on the road are legally intoxicated and it moves up by 25% with each passing hour. Needless to say, if you want to be safe, be home by 11--not 1 or 2 AM. It is not indicated if liquor was involved in either accident.


31 posted on 12/08/2005 8:54:20 PM PST by MHT
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To: The_Republican
Maybe they drove crazy because they didn't think they could get in trouble because their Dad was the Sherrif.

The roads where this happened are dangerous and their dad isn't the Sheriff.

32 posted on 12/08/2005 9:34:01 PM PST by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: digger48

I cannot imagine what this poor man is going through. What are the freaking odds.


33 posted on 12/09/2005 11:22:17 AM PST by Hildy (Keyboard warrior princess - typing away for truth, justice and the American way!)
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To: mc6809e

Maybe you should not post on threads like these.


34 posted on 12/09/2005 11:25:16 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Hildy

When we lived in Greensboro, there was a story about a young man killed in a plane crash up near the Virginia border; he worked for a company that serviced airplanes and was testing the plane when it crashed.

He was from Ohio; the family went to the airport to meet his sister, flying in from New York City for the funeral -- and all were onhand to see her plane crash.

Too much to bear, IMO.


35 posted on 12/09/2005 11:30:42 AM PST by Howlin
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