Skip to comments.Brothers Die In Separate Car Crashes Minutes Apart
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.
Aww heck...lots of prayers for this guy, indeed.
Oh, no. That poor man.
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?
My prayer goes to the dad... (BTW, where's the mum?)
Sorry about that. I copied the headline and searched.
Prayers up for this devastated father.
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.
How awful. I cannot imagine that happening to me. Prayers for the dad.
This is just beyond words.
Prayers for the Dad.
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)
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.
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.
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........
Maybe he should have given them tickets for speeding at some point.
Prayers for the poor Father.
And the accidents where completely unrelated yet minutes apart...imagine the incredible odds of that happening!
OMG...prayers for this poor family.....
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 murdered by step-son
2 took a CO nap
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.
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.
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.
That's awful. I hope the day will come when the father will be able to see past his grief.
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.
Warren County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Mr. Andy McDowell
429 E 10th
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101
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.
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.
The roads where this happened are dangerous and their dad isn't the Sheriff.
I cannot imagine what this poor man is going through. What are the freaking odds.
Maybe you should not post on threads like these.
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.