Monday, October 22, 2007

Horrible Story

Soldier's Children Die In Accident On Way To Army Hospital
During two years in Iraq, Army Spc. John Austin Johnson from Fort Bliss, TX survived five improvised explosive device blasts and several grenade attacks, but nothing prepared him for the hit that happened to him this past week.

Spc. Johnson received a traumatic brain injury from the last IED blast, and was getting treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. There, he waited for his family, originally from Benton, to visit him, but the children never arrived.

“I went up to his room and told him there was a problem,” said Sgt. Schmidt, and Army medic who has grown close to the family over the last week. “I told him there was an accident and two of his children were deceased.

Driving across the plains from El Paso, Spc. Johnson’s wife, Lisa encountered a ferocious wind gust in her Chevrolet Trailblazer, Sgt. Schmidt said. “She steered and over corrected, and the car rolled over four times.”

The youngest children, 2-year-old Logan and 5-year-old Ashley, died at the scene. Nine-year-old Tyler suffered massive head injuries and was flown to Children’s Medical Center Dallas, where he remained on life support Saturday. source

You can click the source link above to take you to the rest of the story, and if you feel so inclined you can donate to the fund set up for the family. Many people have donated to this family including plane tickets, and one anonymous donor has donated burial plots in the cemetery where the soldier's father is buried.

6 comments, add yours here:

Linda said...

This is truly, truly horrible. That poor, poor man - my heart goes out to he and his family.

Travis said...

That's an awful tragedy.

Lori said...

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Titania Starlight said...

This is so sad. These stories tear at my heart. :o(

katherine. said...

damn.
I'm gonna tell or call all mine right now and tell them I love them.

and I send up a prayer for that Mother...and the father...and the rest of the family...

Amazing Gracie said...

Aw jeez...makes me feel sick - and ashamed of all my whining.