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Monday, June 27, 2011

Our thoughts are with Austin Hatch

Words fail me at the almost inconceivable tragedy that has befallen future U-M basketball player Austin Hatch.

Over the weekend, the 16-year-old Indiana hoops star - who recently accepted a scholarship to Michigan - was severely injured in a plane crash that took the lives of his father and stepmother.  Hatch's father was flying the three of them to the family's vacation home on Walloon Lake in Northern Michigan when the single-engine Beech A36 crashed.  Austin is in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Traverse City where doctors are monitoring his brain swelling, among other injuries.

Tragically - and as hard as it is to comprehend -  this is the second fatal plane crash Hatch has survived, and Friday's accident left him with no living siblings or parents.

In 2003, a plane - also piloted by Hatch's father - crashed on the way back to Indiana from the same Michigan lake house.  That accident took the lives of Austin's mother, 11-year-old sister and 5-year-old brother.

As I said, words fail me with something like this.  So all I can do is say that Austin is in my thoughts and prayers.


justthinking said...

How you recover from that (twice) emotionally, let alone physically is what has me tongue tied.

Life is so fragile.

Godspeed to a full recovery for this young man.

Ramona said...

so sad.