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NFT: Hug your people tonight. We're not guaranteed tomorrow.

Beezer : 12/5/2018 3:29 pm
We all know this. But then it touches you in some way.

Got a text this morning from a friend. He let me know that one of our former basketball players and a good friend of my son and their extended group of buddies, was in a coma after having been hit trying the navigate traffic while out running on campus at Stony Brook.

My son just hung out with him and their friends Friday after Thanksgiving, and he was scheduled to be home again for a month in about 10 days, after finishing up finals during his first semester away at college.

Just 18 years old, on scholarship as a cross country and track guy, he'd often tell us he "sucked" at basketball, but from about 4th grade until his sophomore year, he played in our AAU program, and was a great teammate that everyone rooted for when he got his minutes. Showed up, played hard, occasionally made a terrific play. At 6-foot-3 and maybe 155, he was a natural runner.

Smart kid, dry humor, only son ...

I texted my friend later to ask how things were going. If he had any updates. They would be "harvesting his organs" this afternoon, then they'd take him off life support, was how he responded.

Just hug your people tonight.

RIP Noah Farrelly.
Very sad story.  
johnnyb : 12/5/2018 3:32 pm : link
So sorry for your loss and the loss to that family. Live for today and let all you love know exactly ho you feel!
sorry to hear  
mattlawson : 12/5/2018 3:33 pm : link
a colleague ive known for over 10 years is in a coma right now. everything can change in a moment.
I'm so sorry Beezer  
Jay on the Island : 12/5/2018 3:34 pm : link
I can't imagine what his parents are going through.
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SFGFNCGiantsFan : 12/5/2018 3:35 pm : link
Very sad. Way too young.
So sorry for your loss  
Skully88 : 12/5/2018 3:35 pm : link
And thank you for the reminder. Thoughts and prayers to you, Noah and your families.
As a new parent  
Chris684 : 12/5/2018 3:42 pm : link
I'm not sure how you're supposed to deal with something like this.

I know the answer is you have to move on, you have to keep going, especially if there are other children.

But I can't imagine how.
Awful.  
AcidTest : 12/5/2018 3:43 pm : link
Everything is so fleeting. RIP. God bless. Prayers to everyone.
So sorry Beez  
beatrixkiddo : 12/5/2018 3:49 pm : link
I experienced something similar just 2 years ago around this time with my wife's cousin. Young kid, coming home from College right before break and got into a nasty accident and that was that. Life can change in a blink, my thoughts are with you and your family beezer.
Noah has a younger sister. I believe in high school now.  
Beezer : 12/5/2018 3:49 pm : link
I don't know the mom well. But Noah's dad, Jim, is a great guy. Very supportive and helpful when we needed him at practices. Hard worker. All-around good-hearted guy.
I went to Stony Brook  
Vanzetti : 12/5/2018 3:53 pm : link
Hard to imagine someone being killed by a car while running. Everybody ran that campus loop. I must have done it a 100 times.

But with distracted drivers today, this kind of tragic stuff happens. It's sad when anyone dies needlessly but an 18 year old with his whole life in front of him. Sorry to hear about this. Hits home that it was at USB.
So sorry Beez  
Devour the Day : 12/5/2018 5:07 pm : link
Just tears you up to hear this. So sad. Yes you just never know ..... life is so precious.
Thoughts and prayers to the family on this tragic loss.
Heart wrenching  
dune69 : 12/5/2018 5:15 pm : link
hate to see youth struck down in their young prime. My heart sinks for the family. I went through this with a 17 year old niece several years ago and can still feel the pain. Sorry Beez but thanks for sharing.
Just awful  
steve in ky : 12/5/2018 5:28 pm : link
a parents worst mightmare
It's not even within the realm of understanding really  
idiotsavant : 12/5/2018 8:37 pm : link
. Then. Side note. I bet the driver was texting or reading something on the phone. It's a plague, that behavior.
Sad story Beez  
figgy2989 : 12/6/2018 7:15 am : link
This is a big story here (live right around the corner from where this happened). Up until yesterday, they hadnt released the name of the student. Unsure if there was a reason why.

This is not the first time something like this has happened in that area. Hopefully more safety precautions will be put in place.

Just terrible for the family.
Wow, I was just reading about this yesterday  
NYG27 : 12/6/2018 8:23 am : link
Sorry for your loss Beez

Quote:

The jogger hit by a minivan and critically injured Tuesday morning on the Stony Brook University campus is a student at the school from upstate, police said Wednesday.

Noah Bernard Farrelly, 18, of Binghamton, was listed in critical condition after the 10:50 a.m. crash at Nicolls Road and Health Sciences Drive, police said.

In a news release, police said the crash occurred as Farrelly was jogging southbound and crossing the street even though he didnít have the light. He was struck by a 2018 Dodge Caravan that police said was driven by Mohammad Refaat, 65, of Patchogue. Refaat was not hurt.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. Detectives investigating the accident asked anyone with information about the crash to call 631-854-8652.

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Yeah ...  
Beezer : 12/6/2018 9:32 am : link

We were talking at work a bit yesterday afternoon about why the police would take the vehicle. I didn't realize this, but a co-worker said newer vehicles have a "black box" that will store info in situations like this (air-bag deployment, etc., sudden impact, etc.).

I don't have i mediate access to it, but my daughter sent me something last night that showed the mini-van. By the appearance, it was a higher-speed collision than you'd expect on a college campus road. I understand I have no facts ... just surmising. Perhaps they wanted to get specific info about the speed, etc.
Found the link.  
Beezer : 12/6/2018 9:45 am : link
This photo shows the mini-van and the damage.
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Very sorry to  
Snifflenick : 12/6/2018 1:19 pm : link
hear about your sons friend. Hope his family can find peace..
Noah, doing his thing.  
Beezer : 12/6/2018 2:06 pm : link
RE: As a new parent  
RasputinPrime : 12/6/2018 2:07 pm : link
In comment 14206795 Chris684 said:
Quote:
I'm not sure how you're supposed to deal with something like this.

I know the answer is you have to move on, you have to keep going, especially if there are other children.

But I can't imagine how.


Same here.
Also a member of the state  
Beezer : 12/6/2018 2:09 pm : link
Business and Marketing Honor Society.

RE: Yeah ...  
Pete in MD : 12/6/2018 2:35 pm : link
In comment 14207249 Beezer said:
Quote:

We were talking at work a bit yesterday afternoon about why the police would take the vehicle. I didn't realize this, but a co-worker said newer vehicles have a "black box" that will store info in situations like this (air-bag deployment, etc., sudden impact, etc.).

I don't have i mediate access to it, but my daughter sent me something last night that showed the mini-van. By the appearance, it was a higher-speed collision than you'd expect on a college campus road. I understand I have no facts ... just surmising. Perhaps they wanted to get specific info about the speed, etc.

Very sad. And just to add info, Nicolls Road is a fairly busy four lane divided highway. It's not technically on the SB campus but runs between the university and hospital, which are separate campuses. I grew up in the area.
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