Accident on U.S. 29 Friday morning ki...

Accident on U.S. 29 Friday morning kills two Fauquier County re...

There are 34 comments on the The Free Lance-Star story from Oct 4, 2009, titled Accident on U.S. 29 Friday morning kills two Fauquier County re.... In it, The Free Lance-Star reports that:

The first vehicle ran off the highway to the right, struck the second vehicle and overturned, Sgt.

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Paul Beckel- Florida

Spring Hill, FL

#21 Jan 31, 2011
Re: In shock---I can tell you first hand how the information was obtained. Our family including myself saw where Brian's vehicle ran off the road and struck Sara's. We are all suffering and can point fingers all day to who is suffering the most. My heart goes out to ALL. But MORE for ALL the CHILDREN affected by this tragedy. They are too young to understand all this. They had to hear that the parent they loved, their caregiver, their provider, would not be coming home to them. I cannot image the fear and pain these children have felt. Their parent is gone... they will never get to kiss,hug,feel,smell,hear, of get the love and warmth that only a parent can give. I understand Brian's vehicle was at fault, but I don't think any toxicology screen positive or negative will make me feel any better. Two young people lost their lives that day. From what I have gathered I can only speculate that Brian was tired from having a new baby or by being a hard working parent... but it doesn't matter. Two young people lost their lives that Friday. The children lost a parent on that Friday.
John Beckel

Washington, DC

#22 Apr 19, 2011
Let me tell you about Sara; She was a beautiful
woman, but so much more on the inside. She was
a great mother to Darren, and a nurse with that
special gentle touch, she helped people.......
I've thought about this alot....how you feel comes
down to who you knew and loved...Our family can't
process this like Brian's i.e. just an accident...
no one's to blame...I know it's hard to accept
that such a "good man" as you say, could cause
such a horiffic event......but he did, it was true
that day, true today, and will be tomorrow...
Our family has endured so much...but in the end we
just miss our Sara...and Amanda, my grandson said,
his mother's heaven.....was here.....with him....
Bobby

New Kent, VA

#23 Jun 6, 2011
Let me tell you about Brian! He was a great man, husband, friend, grandson and daddy! He would have done ANYTHING for ANYBODY! Who cried like a baby when his two sons were born. He had touched so many peoples lives. You keep asking about the tox screening, his family tried to get a copy to send to yours, to prove that he was not under the influence of anything, but when asked, the medical examiner said he did not perform one "because he did not feel one was necessary." If this still does not ease your mind the family will give you the name and number of the medical examiner and you may contact him yourself if you don't believe what the family is saying. At this point we don't know what else to do to prove that Brian was not intoxicated or under the influence of anything. His family is still in wonder of what happened that day, they still do not have a clear picture of what exactly happened! And nobody seems to know what truely happened. The family was told by a witness that was traveling 3 car lengths in front of Brian, that she believes he was not falling asleep, nor was he asleep when he went off the road! People keep pointing fingers that he fell asleep or was under the influence, how do you know that something medical "heart attack, stroke" causing him to go off the road didnt happen, or a deer running across 29 causing him to dart off the road? These are the thoughts that run through Brians' families minds still. Their family has endured so much....But in the end they just miss Brian!
John Beckel

Washington, DC

#24 Jun 13, 2011
Re: Bobby,

We appreciate your information, also the willingness of Brian's family to provide us with
the tox report, but it raises more questions than
answers. Why would they do a tox report on Sara,
who was parked on her own driveway, and not on Brian who was the one who ran off the road? I know
it is procedure/policy according to one of the
death investigators I spoke to at the Medical
examiner's office to do a tox on everyone. Why
didn't they follow procedure in this case? It's
just like when we asked for the narrative report
of the accident from the State Police, first I
was told I had to request it from Richmond, at
their Headquarters, so when going to do that, I
was told that they did't bother doing one...I
hope that you can understand our frustrations with
all of this...Yes we would appreciate the M.E.'s
name and number...they will not even tell us if
they did one one Brian, We desperately want to
move on but feel we can't until some of these
questions are answered....
John Beckel

Washington, DC

#25 Jul 21, 2011
Still waiting for your response!
Andy

Sterling Heights, MI

#26 Jul 21, 2011
Whoever stated the comment about googling the names is right, when the children google this they will be shocked to know how you have been dragging Sara and Brian's name through the mud. Get the information yourself, what justice will it do to have the tox report? So you can sue, so you can finally post on your facebook or whatever who is to blame, you lost a child, focus on grieving, and helping that baby boy get through this. Channel your anger and blame towards something good.
John Valerie Beckel

United States

#27 Oct 26, 2011
Re: Andy
Apparenty you have never loved someone as much as
we love our Sara (we feel sorry for you) cause only
then could you possibly understand us wanting to
know all the circumstances surrounding her death.
How can you judge me? you don't know me! I thought
we weren't suppose to judge people when we don't
know the motivation behind their actions, and ours
has always been loving Sara so much we wanted to
know all the details of her death. That's why
we want to know the tox results. Usually people are
afraid of other people doing what they would do,
i.e. sueing/posting results on facebook. This has
been the only public blogging I've ever done on
this and all litigation I did for my grandson has
been completed for well over a year. I did't know
that being open, honest and stating the facts
equaled dragging names in the mud......
After finding out for sure (we always suppected)
that they didn't do a tox screen on Brian, but did
one on Sara I complained to the M.E.'s office and
the Governor's office. Recently I received a call
from the M.E.,s office by Dr. DeAngelo who thanked
me for "pointing out their oversite" and assured
me that there is now a tox screen available on
Brian. I'm still in wonder why the State Police
did't follow up on this when the case should have
been open until this information was received.
Why did I have to make this happen? We appeal to
Brian's family for the results of the tox screening
...we want this to be over...we want closure...
John, Valerie, Darren, and the Beckel Family
John Beckel

Washington, DC

#28 May 3, 2012
I still find it rather odd that Brian's family was
willing to give us the tox results when there wasn't one...but now that they know there is one
we hear nothing..........
John Beckel

Denver, CO

#29 May 7, 2012
We want to thank Brian's family for letting us
have our closure, now we can put this all to rest.
Thanks again.........The Beckel Family
Well

Ardsley, NY

#30 Jul 2, 2012
What was the outcome? You can't post about this for years and once you have your closure leave the rest of us hanging....
It is Done

Bryans Road, MD

#31 Dec 28, 2012
Brian's Tox results were sent to the Beckel Family and it was clean there for all the comments stop so let IT BE DONE!!!
Chrystal

Warrenton, VA

#32 Dec 23, 2013
OK I didn't know either and I have to day this was a tragedy. My problem is everyone keeps making excuses or whatever they want to call it, for his driving, but how does anyone know what his intentions were that day, he was alone in the car correct..! So nobody knows what his intentions were or in fact if he was tired, or on something! So lets just face the fact that he killed that poor girl, family man or not, we all make bad judgments, just sometimes the come with a HUGE consequence, meant to or not. The only person(s) who know what happend that day and what he was thinking, Him, Sara, and the good lord above! My condolence to both families, I know what it like to loose family especially to soon!
John Beckel

Washington, DC

#33 Jan 19, 2014
Thanks Chrystal. I too grew weary of the half truths and excuses.
Like not mentioning he had alcohol in his system, nothing illegal
but a contributing factor?..who's to say...and the B.S. by the
State Police...especially by the Sgt. who told me he knew the
other family went to school with his mom and dad...took them
1 year and 8 months to do a tox on him...2 years and 7 months
and me bitching about it to get the results.....
Fellow classmate

Bealeton, VA

#34 Feb 17, 2014
John,
I knew your daughter from the CNA class we took together. She was almost always happy and friendly. She was a beautiful woman and I am sorry for your family's loss. I can understand the pain you have gone through because I lost my father at the age of 4 and once you get to a certain age you do have questions and experience alot of emotions. So thank you for fighting to get answers now for her little boy. I'm sorry for all the children involved and pray for them.

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