On Sunday morning before we left for church, Sam received a text from the president of
asking all students to pray for a sophomore girl at ,
another Christian college just 12 miles from Dordt. The text said she had lost
her entire family in a horrific car accident Saturday night in Northwestern College . We were shocked by this news and
felt so deeply for this surviving child. Little did we know then that the
mother who died is Sam’s second cousin. Sioux Falls
When names were released, the mom’s maiden name was not included and Dick found out from another relative that indeed, this family had Ekstrom blood. The mom’s father is Dick’s first cousin.
They were driving home from their son’s basketball game. A 16-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, both athletes at
, as well as the dad died at
the scene. The mother died at the hospital. The cause of the accident was not
alcohol or icy roads. They are investigating to try to find a cause as to why
they swerved into the median and hit 2 guard rails, vaulted in the air and
landed under a bridge. Unless they find a medical reason in autopsy, or find
fault in the car, we will never know why it happened. Was it a coyote or fox or
dog crossing the road that led them to swerve? Who knows. I know the family
will long for an answer it may never receive. Sioux
Falls Christian High School
When I left for work this morning, I held my husband a bit longer than usual. Truly, one never knows when they will see a loved one for the last time. You really never know. You think you are simply driving home from an out-of-town eighth grade basketball game, but instead, your life ends.
Please pray for this family. The grief of grandparents, siblings, cousins and friends is unimaginable. And the grief of Brittany, the surviving daughter, is so profound that no emotional scale could measure it. Her entire family is gone. The Vollmer family needs prayer. Thanks.