The SUV that plunged more than 50 feet from the Bronx River Parkway on Sunday 29th of April 2012, killing seven people from three generations of a Bronx family, was headed to a family reunion, stunned relatives said.
"I lost my family," said Juan Gonzalez, whose wife and 10-year-old daughter were killed in the crash, according to the New York Post. "What can I say? I don't want to be here. I want to die."
Gonzalez's wife Maria, a Fordham Univ. staffer, was driving her 10-year-old daughter, 85-year-old father, 81-year-old mother, 35-year-old sister and two nieces (ages 3 and 7) to a party at her sister's Bronx home when she lost control of the vehicle, police said.
The vehicle flew off an elevated portion of the parkway near the Bronx Zoo at about 12:30 p.m. local time, authorities said. It's not clear what caused the crash.
Excerpts from Bronx zoo plunge: Father who lost family says, "I want to die" (yahoo article)
Isn’t it ironic how many of us think that life couldn’t dish us anything worse than what we are currently going through, and then events worse than we could ever imagine occur to other people. We become instantly grateful to God for our problems that now appear insignificant, but quickly forget this grace of HIS upon us and delve back into ‘WHY ME?’ syndrome in the twinkle of an eye. I was boiling over the fact that my accomodation issues was taking longer than I'd expected, hence my secret anger at God for not granting my wishes as fast as I would have wanted. I found it difficult to pray and show appreciation for his everyday blessings, but instead decided to dwell on the things he had not done. Then I came across this story, and the good health, divine protection, and provisions that HE has blessed my family with came to mind. I pray never to take him for granted again but instead believe that HIS grace is sufficient for me.