polo outlet in williamsburg va Church family distraught after elderly couple hit
CALEDONIA (WITI) A husband and wife, crossing the street after church in Caledonia Saturday, January 24th were killed when they were hit by an SUV. Loved ones, and the couple’s church family are trying to come to grips with the tragic loss.
With tears in his eyes, Father Mark Danczyk made an announcement to parishioners at St. Louis Catholic Church on County Road G in Caledonia Sunday. Father Danczyk says his last interaction with Oscar and Vernetta Lang has been replaying in his mind.
“Vernetta said ‘Father Mark, you should go inside. Its so cold out here.’ I said ‘I like ice and snow. I dont mind being out in the cold,’ and she said ‘okay, you take care of yourself’and kind of smiled. I said ‘you take care of yourself too.’ A minute and a half later.” Father Danczyk said.
Police say Oscar and Vernetta Lang were crossing the street headed for their vehicle when they were hit by an SUV.
Several witnesses tried to help, but Oscar and Vernetta Lang died as a result of their injuries.
“The one image that sticks in my mind is the four empty shoes in the middle of the road.”
“The one image that sticks in my mind is the four empty shoes in the middle of the road,” Father Danczyk said.
Father Danczyk says he’s distraught over what happened.
“Slept half an hour, throwing up , non stop crying. If I’m going through this I cant imagine what the family is going through during this tragic time,” Father Danczyk said.
Oscar and Vernetta Lang, each 83 years old were long time parishioners ofSt. Louis Catholic Church. They were married for 60 years.
“They truly loved each other. They were always holding hands,” Father Danczyk said.
Described as kind and generous people, the couple’s death is heartbreaking for all who knew them. Many of them are now trying to find solace in their faith.
“We also pray for one another especially when tragedy occurs. Parishioners reach out to pray for those who are hurting,
” father Danczyk said.
Counselors are being made available at the church for those who’d like to talk.
As for the striking driver, police say she had two children in the vehicle with her when the deadly crash occurred. No one in that vehicle was injured.
Police do not believe alcohol was a factor in this incident.
is kind of a dark area to try to cross the street and the woman did not see them until it was too late, said Lt. Gary Larsen, Caledonia police. At the wheel, a mother of two, her children in the backseat. driver of the vehicle stayed. She been cooperative with us and obviously after an event like that, she pretty traumatized, said LT. Larsen. Police say alcohol is not suspected. But, there are unanswered questions, like whether speed played a role.
this point it very early in the investigation so we haven had a chance to look at that. The state patrol traffic response unit coming and going to be working the accident, said Lt. Larsen.
Together they left this world holding hands I to heaven, I see something beautiful in this tragic story. One did not have to watch the other passing slowly or in bad health as I have seen way too much lately, to me this was a blessing for them and their love. I just watched my dad bury wide number two, his being a caregiver has taken a toll on him more so this last one 16 years from the first, he had 51 years with mom, 16 with this one,
I see what this couple was spared. But sad it happened this way and other lives are tragically changed as a result.