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Please let me explain that this is a grieving post... you've been warned.

Yesterday afternoon, we got "the call". My 19 year old daughter collapsed, and they took her to the hospital, and was not doing well... the exact words from her step-father (a good friend and her second dad) was "get here now".

My wife, my daughters girlfriend, and me were already in the caR and headed that way. We were on the Northwest side of Wichita at roughly 235 and K96 (4 lane roads) and Becca, my daughter, was at the Hutchinson Hospital Trauma center. We were rolling at about 15 over the speed limit already, more than my usual 7 over, but when we got that call, and the call that the police were notified we were coming, turn on the flashers and get here... that's what we did.

Honestly, the SR performed perfectly. It is truly a machine built for this purpose. It was 3pm, sunny and cool. The road is a 4 lane divided freeway with limited access. Fortunately, the traffic was still very light.

I had to watch on overtakes, because, this being the USA, and Kansas, a lot of left lane bandits are out, even on a less than crowded road. The good news is, from years of racing, and further having been to Skip Barbers School back in the day, AND working as a contract trainer for the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center driving... I know how to drive "code 3". So, off I went.

Honestly, I only hit the speed limiter 3 times or so in the drive. I did have to lift throttle on the couple of curves after we hit a bit of 4 wheel drift at 150 mph. Not uncontrollable, but frankly, any mistake at that speed could be fatal, even in a Volvo. So, slowing down about 10 or 15 mph on the tighter curves, sweepers...

Again, had to slow a lot, then accelerate a lot getting around traffic. You never know when one of the cars in the line didn't see you flashing and pull out in front of you... and the brakes that the SR has are flat out amazing... it pulled us down to safe speeds, and no fuss, no muss... even so, we were there in a little over 20 minutes (normally a 45-50 minute drive) to the hospital emergency entrance. After we got there, the police escort that was supposed to meet us called in from the pre-arranged rendezvous point, and were told they were way too late.

The worst of it all was, it was for naught... we lost our precious child. It's very unreal right now, and I don't wish this on my worst enemy. The loss is all the worse because it's no ones fault. It's all a bug or a virus or an allergic reaction... we don't know yet, but they will find out one day.

The saddest part was, she was so looking forward to getting the R one day when I finally got tired of it. She drove it exactly one time in the 6 months I've had it, she didn't trust herself to drive it every day (she was a "granny driver" - her words) but she was interested in learning how to drive fast safely. She finally caught the "go bug" spark we had, and now she's just gone.

I hope you mods and admins understand, I do NOT condone this type of driving on any kind of regular basis. This is a horrific way to get to find the limits. I know I'll never again get to go this fast (at least I sure hope I never have to) in a more or less legal way, and push our amazing ride to its absolute limits. Under the best road conditions I could ask for short of having all other traffic removed from the roadway itself. I know I have (as I mentioned above) an amazing amount of expertise that most people don't have, plus my career having me drive 60k miles a year, and add to it driving on a roadway that I have literally driven over a thousand times since it was built.

Again, just wish that the best drive of my life had to happen on the worst day of my life.
 

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OMG.. broke my heart to read your post. I am sorry to hear about your daughter. The R's performance doesn't even matter.
 

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I know, it's silly to talk about the car at a time like this... but dammit I gotta think about other stuff or I'll really lose it. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts.
 

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Not silly at all..... I understand... I sent you a PM.
 

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So very sorry for your loss.

When my dad died I cleaned wax out of cracks on my mom's car at 2 in the morning......

The part that is scary to me is thinking of the Hemi Charger pursuit units on not terribly well cared oft-curbed tires doing what you did........
 

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Very sorry for your loss my forum friend :( my prayers go out too you and your family during these hard times.
 

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:thumbdown: :(

I'm sorry for your loss. Focus on the good times you had. I can't imagine how hard it would be to lose a child so young. Do what it takes to keep your mind off things and do something to honor her memory when the time is right.

-Ryan
 

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Deepest condolences and sympathies for your loss. You and the family are in our prayers.

Ron
 

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OMG.. broke my heart to read your post. I am sorry to hear about your daughter. The R's performance doesn't even matter.
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So sorry for your loss no one wants that call.
 

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I can't even imagine how you feel at a time like this.... May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion ad Jerusalem.

Landru
 

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I am very sorry to hear this. I can't imagine getting this kind of call. You did what you could do and I'm sure your family understands that. May your daughter rest in peace sir.
 

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Sorry for you loss :(
 

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I'm sorry for your loss..
 

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Sorry for your loss.
 

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My sincere condolences and sympathies on your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers this weekend.
It is the cruelest thing in life to put a kid to rest - we are not genetically prepared for that.
 
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