Tragedy Strikes Close to Home
Christie's friend, our next door neighbor, dies after battling injuries suffered after being struck by car while walking with Christie
For nearly two years we've been reporting on this site the status of Ali Meyer. She was a next door neighbor of ours. Christie was like a big sister to Ali. It is with great sadness that we report that Ali died suddenly in her home on the morning of November 22, 2002.
The cause of her death is not yet known. It was a shock to everyone, since she was slowly showing some signs of improvement. In fact, the Meyers were already constructing a large wing onto their home to handle Ali's special needs and equipment. Ali was 13 years old, and has one sibling, brother Greg.
Thanks of those of you who have sent cards to Ali and have prayed for her. If you wish to send condolences: Dennis and Val Meyer, 6886 West David Ave., Littleton, CO 80128
How it all began
On Saturday night, February 10, Ali and our daughter Christie were walking home together from
a nearby convenience store. As they were crossing at an
What made the accident even more tragic was the fact that Ali's parents saw it happen! They were driving home at the time and saw a girl get hit by a car. They called 911, then went to help--and only then did they discover it was Ali.
Ali returned home
Ali came home from the hospital and had a much nicer environment for her recovery, being in familiar surroundings. She recovering very well from the physical injuries she sustained. But she still had many hurdles to overcome, including brain damage. She moved her body very little on her own; she had to be fed through a tube into her stomach; she was confined to a wheelchair; she didn't talk--she communicated by moving her head and blinking an eye for responses.
The driver was sentenced
The man who struck Ali, Dennis McNamara, lives just a quarter mile or so from us. His two children go to the same school as Ali. On that horrible night, McNamara sped from the scene and was pursued by a witness, who reported that McNamara tried to elude him by turning off his headlights and pulling down a side street.
McNamara pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and driving while impaired (DWI). (Note: a DWI is less drastic than Driving Under the Influence; but perhaps McNamara was DUI, but unfortunately the police didn't test McNamara until at least two hours after the accident.)
McNamara was sentenced to about two years in work release. That is, he works his daytime job for General Electric, then spends the rest of his time in the County Jail. After he serves his time, he'll have to do community service (in a hospital), and will be on probation for TEN years.
The sentence certainly could have been worse, with McNamara spending a year or two in state prison--but
the Meyers, compassionate people that they are, didn't want to see McNamara's children suffer too much. The sentence
was also a bit light when when considers that it was discovered that he had a drunk driving conviction ten years
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