On September 15, 2021 at 6:30 am, Blake was on his way to work driving south on State Rt. 127. A semi truck hauling 22 tons of steel was headed north on 127. The coils fell off the back of the semi at the time Blake was passing, crushing his SUV. He was killed upon impact. After months of investigation, it was determined the trucker did not secure the load of steel he picked up at a local mill. He was charged and convicted of failing to secure his load and vehicular manslaughter. The trucker was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 45 of those were suspended, and fined $1,500.00. His license were suspended for two years, along with two years of reporting supervised probation.
I lost my only child, my mother lost her only grandchild. Blake also left two minor children. My family will never be the same. The loss of my son has left a void in my life that will never be filled. There are days the grief is unbearable as I try to find some type of normalcy. I am learning grief is forever and moving through it is like walking through quicksand.