It is generally bad form to blog about cases we are currently handling, but today that rule will be broken. One year ago today, the world lost a fine young man. Henry Allen Lutrick.
Allen’s obituary read:
Henry Allen Lutrick, 10, went home to Jesus on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at Blair E. Batson Hospital in Jackson. Visitation will be Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 4-8 pm and Sunday, November 6th from 1pm until the 2pm service at First Baptist Church in Richland. Burial will follow at Richland City Cemetery.
A little more than ten years ago, the Lord God saw it fit to bless the Lutrick family with a wonderful young man who continually bestowed upon them great love and joy. He had a wonderful sense of humor that he used to entertain folks. He was gifted in origami and was always using that gift to design new airplanes that always amazed others with their abilities to fly considerable distances. His latest project was an imaginative river and bridge system that he, his brother, and cousins designed and constructed in the front circle of his grandparents home. To fuel their desire to be outdoors, they were currently planning the construction of a fort in the woods. The family is certain Allen was destined to be a great engineer. In addition to his engineering hobbies, he also enjoyed horseback riding, bike riding, video games, and exploring the woods on the farm with his brother and cousins. Allen was a student at Richland Upper Elementary School and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his uncle, Ken Lutrick and his grandfather, Willis “Kenny” Price. He is survived by his father, Daniel Lutrick of Richland and his mother, Tracey Lutrick Pinkard (Brian Waller) of Richland; grandparents, Carl and Elise Lutrick of Richland, Tracey Bailey and Barbara Price both of Richland; his great grandmothers, Mary Farmer of Taylorsville and Janet Pinkard of Pearl; his brothers, Kameron Lutrick (9), Jacoby Baily (7), and Javian Bailey (5) all of Richland; and his cousins, Amelia, Miguel and Mateo Negrete, Santanna and Joe Stowers, and Landon Bailey.
His loss has left us with a great void that can never again be filled on this earth. We love you immensely, and miss you terribly, Allen. We know the Lord God will keep you until we see you again in His kingdom. We would like to thank the community for the continued support and outpouring of love during this difficult time.
Without a doubt, the greatest pain experienced by a parent is the death of their child. Life just ins’t supposed to end that way. What is even more painful is that Allen’s death, like so many others, was completely needless. If you have followed along this far, you are probably wondering how Allen died.
On November 1, 2011, as he had done many times before, Allen waited for the school bus with his brother and cousin. In the darkness, the grandfather of the children watched the school bus approach with its flashing lights unaware of the tragedy that was about to unfold. The bus came to a stop and the children began to cross the street in a single file line with Allen first. Just as Allen entered the roadway, a car driven by Raymond Watts ignored the flashing lights and the extended “STOP” arm of the bus. Watts crashed into Allen throwing him into the air as his brother and cousin watched in horror. Rather than stop to assist the child he had just ran over, Watts then sped away from the scene.
A little over thirty four (34) hours later, Allen went on to be with the Lord. This senseless tragedy could have been avoided if Watts had followed a simple safety rule. DON’T PASS A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS.
I can’t help but think of Allen every morning when I see my neighbor’s children board the bus in the dark and every time I see a stopped school bus. The only positive aspect of this event is that the Lutrick family knows Allen is with the Lord and they will see his smiling face again some day. However, even that does not take away the pain of losing their precious Allen. Hug your children and let them know that you love them every single day. Your life and theirs could be changed in an instant.