minivanEveryone has heard the term "freak accident." This tragic story is the very definition of one. Amanda Ezra was throwing up out the passenger window of a moving minivan when her head was bashed in by an object outside the vehicle. She died.

Ezra had been out on the town with friends and reportedly headed home at 4:40 a.m. Sitting on the lap of another passenger, she leaned her head out the window in an attempt to keep from spitting up inside. Police say she was struck by some unknown object and killed.

Oddly enough, in a panic, the driver and one of three other passengers ran away from the crash but were later caught. The driver was arrested for operating a car while intoxicated, causing serious bodily harm, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Ezra was just 24 and the mother of three, making this a tragedy on many levels. She had recently enrolled in school and had hopes of becoming a teacher. You can't help but feel so bad for her children. And though this was a strange accident, to be honest, her behavior was not bizarre in the very least. For most people, the first inclination would have been to do the same. No one wants to vomit inside a friend's car and certainly not on other passengers. This happens to tons of people every day, I'm sure. And never in a million years do they think that they will die doing it.

Perhaps a local woman said it best, "You've got a 24-year-old child you've raised to be a young adult and has their whole life ahead of them. And it's snuffed out because of a decision that was made and because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Have you ever heard of someone being injured by sticking their head out of a car window?

 

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