Tuesday, June 26, 2007

RIP Cara Liuzzi

Yesterday I put the finishing touches on a radio story about bicycle safety. Yesterday evening I helped a couple of neighborhood kids adjust their bike helmets. This morning I read this heartbreaking story.

There will always be things we cannot explain and things we cannot change. We all make spot decisions that in retrospect were foolish. How many times have you went for a short drive and didn't buckle up, didn't bring your ID along? How many times have you or someone you know gotten behind the wheel drunk, thinking "I'll make it, I'll be okay." Cara Liuzzi was just doing the same thing you or I might do, just living her life. How many kids (and parents) have you seen WITHOUT bike helmets. While most of them will arrive safely at their destination, there's always that wild card out there, waiting to be drawn.
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  1. Hi Dave - I read the newspaper story and this paragraph haunts me:

    "She was the best kid a parent could ask for. She was polite and funny and sweet," said Cara's father, who is operations manager at Davies Office Refurbishing in Albany. They'd go to the movies, play catch and fish together.

    "She was my best little friend," he said.

    I have a 12-year old daughter who is rotten to the core. She is very mean and disrespectful. She tried to stab her little brother with a steak knife last week. The police have been to our home three times this year. We are not bad parents. We have three other children who all are wonderful people. My heart goes out to this man and his departed "best little friend."

  2. So sad and like the death of that Diva person, so needless! Put helmets on, people!

  3. R.I.P cara even though I didnt know you you seemed like a cool girl who had a beatiful voice;; who song in the church choir every sunday;;now she is gonna sing in Gods choir..its not her fualt or any ones! people should help make sure all kids have on helments
    Im soo sorry for your loss
    jus keep in mind she is in a better place and she is happier then she will ever be and it all happened for a reason


  4. R.I.P CARA.
    i miss u so0 mucch u were tha best
    i gat a shirt made 4 u and i'm gettin two more.you were tha best everyone missez and luvz u.


    Cara me and u was in the same school and its really hard not seein u here and its even harder cuz i seen it happen and im really hurt and i wish u were here with us and we all miss u and u will never be forgottin....r.i.p Cara Liuzzi...aka carebear.

  6. Cara Liuzzi was one of the most generous, loving, wonderful little girls anyone has ever met. I myself have known her for about 7 years before she passed away. We sang together, made fun of her little brothers((all out of love)), her uncle Catlin was one of my first friends when I moved and when I met this girl all I could think is what a woman she would grow up to be. I'm friends with the whole family and going to the funeral of a 12 year old I once babysat was one of the hardest things I've ever not, if not the hardest. I have not seen this until a little over a year after the accident. Every time I see a kid on the street without a helmet on I get extremely upset because no one really thinks something like than can happen to them. Anything can happen at any time to anyone. Although I can make this a full obituary about Carebear, I'm not going to.
    I love and miss you so much Cara, it's so hard not seeing you around. If only your mother could see you one last time. We Love You Babygirl<3 Always and Forever. R.I.P.<3

  7. I'm sure there are many parents / grandparents / brothers /sisters who have little "Care Bears" in their families. It takes just a few seconds to put on a bike helmet.


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