Origins: On 15 October 2003, a horrific accident in the harbor of New York City claimed the lives of ten people and injured sixty-five others, three of whom lost limbs. On that fateful Wednesday afternoon, the ferry from Staten Island plowed into a maintenance pier hundreds of feet from the slip where it normally docks at
This was not the first such accident Smith had been part of: He had been at the helm of the
Numbered among those killed in the
Another of the deceased, 44-year-old John Healy, a lawyer for the Kemper Insurance Companies, worked on the
Deadly coincidences strike us as especially chilling in that they serve to confirm a persistent belief that the Grim Reaper, once he points his finger at someone, is not to be denied. In a similar vein, a woman who had survived the destruction of the World Trade Center died on American Airlines
Barbara "die cast" Mikkelson
Last updated: 8 March 2008
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