Car Accident in the Ateneo

Last Tuesday, amidst my 3-6pm classes, news of the death of 10 year old Amiel Alcantara did not reach me until I arrived home later that night. From instant messages on yahoo messenger and plurk, I found out that a  Grade 4 Ateneo boy had been in a car accident and had died en route to the hospital. From the instant messages that arrived when I opened my laptop last Tuesday morning, it seems to me that the accident had been a human-error accident resulting from the mistake of a mother who had pressed on the accelerator of her car instead of the brakes, with many of my friends mentioning that there was a screeching sound that was heard before the car came to a halt, with Amiel already pinned under the car.

Having recently read my mom’s blog which gives an update on the tragic accident, it has now become clearer that the possibility of the accident happening was based more on carelessness rather than it being an accident based on simple human error. Being both an Ateneo student (who can understand the problems that arise from the traffic around the campus) as well as someone who has experienced losing a loved one to a car accident, this tragic incident really strikes me to the core. For a mother, it must be very hard to lose a child in such a manner. Well, losing anyone to death is really tragic, but accidents seem to bear a heavier pain than anything really. Such an event happening, and on my best friend’s birthday too, is really something we should learn from.

Click here to watch a 3d simulation of the accident.

In relation to the reading I have of Montaigne which talks about death, it has made me realize that life really is too short sometimes. But the reason why everything and anything we do in this world matters to us is because we know how temporary life can be. Imagine living forever? How great that would be, to see the world and how it turns out to be. But at the same time, we may lose the joy of everyday activities, because forever is possible and if one can do something on and on without fear of not being able to do it, where is the fun in that?

Anyways, please do pray for the family and friends of Amiel who had to suffer such a loss for someone so young. Our prayers are with him and his family in this tragic time. I’d like to think that God has another little angel watching over everyone at this moment.

For those who are interested in visting Amiel’s wake, please read on for the details, as re-posted from my mom’s blog:

His body lies in state at the Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angels, Ateneo de Manila Grade School.

Wake masses will be held at 7:30 PM from Wednesday, February 25, 2009 to Friday, February 27, 2009.

The remains of Amiel will be cremated at the Arlington Crematorium, Araneta Avenue, Quezon City at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 28, 2009. There will be a mass at 11:00 AM at the AGS Chapel before the body is brought to Arlington for cremation.


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