My friend died last night [Jan. 31]. She attended my church
and a few years ago, I was a youth advisor to her in our youth
group. She loved my kids. It wasn’t uncommon to see her holding
one on Sunday mornings. She was a sweet girl who loved the
Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart. She was going to Bible college
this fall. We’d just talked about her plans a few days ago. Her
friend died with her. How I grieve for them; so young, so many
My friend may have lived. Oh, it wasn’t that they were
drinking, or smoking or taking drugs. No, it was just some loose
gravel. It was an accident. But I wonder. If there had been a
guardrail, would they still be alive? I can’t say for sure, but it wouldn’t
have hurt their chances.
Too many people have died or have been seriously
injured along 202 on the Snoqualmie-Fall City hill. I don’t want to
see anyone else perish. It just pains me that two more lives have
had to be taken to put me into action.
I drive an average of three times a week from Carnation
to Snoqualmie. I’ve never liked that hill, and I’ve never felt safe on
it. I’ve driven it thousands of times over the years, as I was born
and raised in Snoqualmie. I can remember as a child hearing
my mother complain about there not being a guardrail on the
entire stretch of that hill. And now, with the traffic increasing and with
all the tourist activity at the Falls, I don’t see why there isn’t a
guardrail from the top to the bottom. We all know how the
tourists don’t obey the signs and do U-turns on that hill. One
wrong move and another car will be over the cliff, and another life will
be taken. Or it’ll be another friend, another loved one,
I encourage you all, for the safety of all of us, to contact
the Department of Transportation and your local state representative.
To help you out, here are their numbers and addresses: At the
Department of Transportation, Traffic Division: Mr. Dave
McCormick, (206) 440-4487, 15700 Dayton Ave N., P.O. Box 330310,
Seattle, WA 98133; State Senator Dino Rossi, (360) 786-7608, P.O.
Box 40405, Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail: email@example.com.
I spoke with Mr. McCormick today and he encouraged people to
write to him and share their concerns.
For the love of Abby and her friend, Carly, please make the
call or write a letter. These sad stories don’t need to be told in our
My prayers go out to their families, friends and loved
ones. May Abby and Carly both rest for eternity in the loving arms of
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.