Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Father's Day remembrance on the Outer Banks

While running errands today, I saw two women and two boys planting a cross beside the U.S. 158 bypass in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

I stopped to talk and learned the cross marks the site where Victor Wilson of Kill Devil Hills was fatally injured on his motorcycle in May 2010.  The boys are Wilson's sons, who were 13 and 6 when he died. Planting the cross was the family's Father's Day observance.

Here's the original Virginian-Pilot account of Wilson's death, which credits police as saying that a pickup-truck driver leaving the Outer Banks Brewing Station across the highway pulled in front of Wilson's Harley about 7:30 p.m. on May 21, 2010. "Charges are pending," says the story, but I find no follow-up online.

Here's the online obituary, courtesy of Twiford's Funeral Home in Elizabeth City, N.C.

The new cross is in the corner of the Captain George's lot on U.S. 158, a.k.a. South Croatan Highway, at the Goddard Avenue intersection. We drive by dozens of such markers every day; every one is a story.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am Vic's sister. The man driving the truck has been charged with FELONY DEATH BY MOTOR VEHICLE. His trial is pending at this time. It's so ridulous that a man at age 73 has not learned that drinking and driving is ILLEGAL and bad things happen. My brother was an amazing man and it has left a huge hole in our hearts not having him here. He was my best friend, we were nearly inseparable growing up and as adults spoke by phone nearly every day of our lives and saw each other often. Whether it was 7am, 5pm or 3 in the morning, Vic was there for anyone who needed something. Such a huge loss...what an amazing man. I always pray his sons remember how wonderful their dad is. We talk to them about him all the time. Vic's memories are forever embedded in our hearts and all over the Outer Banks.