Fatal Accident in Effingham on Inters...
saddened

Chicago, IL

#41 Jul 31, 2008
The man killed in the accident was a close friend of mine. He had five children and a wife. He was killed trying to help a young lady that had hit him from behind. He was hit by an oncoming semi-trailer. We should all take time and reflect on the frailty of life.
saddened 2

Chicago, IL

#42 Jul 31, 2008
The mans name was Milton Muhammad. He was a devoted father and I never saw him without a smile on his face. He also dealt with tragidy a year ago when his house burned down and 2 if his children were hospitalized and nearly died. I am sure that this will affect everyone involved for the rest of there lives; However,it was an accident and we should not take that tomorrow is promised to us. My prayers go out to all involved and there families, especially the driver of the semi. To be involved in a horrific accident like this can only make you wonder how the semi-driver must feel. Please let us all slow down and be more mindful of our affect on one another.
Thank you

United States

#43 Jul 31, 2008
Thank you, I was wondering if the paper had his name right, I have not been able to find an obituary in the chicago papers, Our prayers go out to his family and friends.
Melissa II

Tinley Park, IL

#44 Jul 31, 2008
saddened wrote:
The man killed in the accident was a close friend of mine. He had five children and a wife. He was killed trying to help a young lady that had hit him from behind. He was hit by an oncoming semi-trailer. We should all take time and reflect on the frailty of life.
Please, please, let his family know that there were people there on the interstate that prayed for him on the scene. That we prayed for his family not even knowing if he had one. That my friend covered his body out of respect. That we held our children closer that night. That we will never forget that day and we are forever changed. We are not promised tomorrow.

“Less Anger, More Solutions”

Since: Mar 08

outskirts of Cardinal Nation

#45 Jul 31, 2008
Thank you wrote:
Thank you, I was wondering if the paper had his name right, I have not been able to find an obituary in the chicago papers, Our prayers go out to his family and friends.
The Effingham Daily News reported, in part:

"...Milton Muhammad, 43, of Chicago...who had gotten out of his semitrailer to assess the damage to his semitrailer, according to Illinois State Police...Muhammad was pronounced dead at the scene by Effingham County Coroner Leigh Hammer at 6:05 p.m...."

Full story at http://www.effinghamdailynews.com .

It is posted on Topix, search: Effingham, IL
Thank you

United States

#46 Jul 31, 2008
Thanks chet, but I assumed that since the paper got the name and city of the other driver wrong, they probably messed up the other information too. The other drivers name was Meadors and he is from Missouri. It is a sad situation from all sides, and even sadder to know he had children. My condolences go out to his family and my prayers go out to all involved in the tragic accident.

“Less Anger, More Solutions”

Since: Mar 08

outskirts of Cardinal Nation

#47 Jul 31, 2008
I'll scan the papers tomorrow to see if anyone else upstate has the right info.
Sister-In-Law

United States

#48 Aug 1, 2008
Today my brother-in-law Milton was buried. He leaves behind my sister and their six children. There were married for 15 years.

I was the one that got the call and it's hard to believe that my sister is now a widow and it was even harder to give her the news. Which I still can't believe.

This coming September will mark the one year anniversary of a fire were they lost everything materially. My three nieces at the time 7,9 and 17) were fighting for their lives and for a while we were concerned, but thank God they are all alive. Nothing is more life changing than seeing kids on a machine fighting for thier lives.

My fondest memory of Milton is when he got to the hospital (the girls had to be flown to Chicago from IN) he asked me "Are my children here?" I said yes and he passed out from all the smoke and fatigue. It was a really bad fire. He did what ever he could to save my nieces lives. This showed that he took no thought of his own life and all he cared about was the safety of his children and then and only then did his body give out.

I see many people have responded Julie speakes of the loss of her father's business, which can never be compared to the loss of life. I am sure Julie knows this, but I understand how she feels as well. That's her dad.

Someone speaks on behalf of the truck driver that killed Milton and I am sure the driver is very saddened to have this happen. I pray God gives him peace and he learns to forgive himself. I know you were speaking on behalf of your dad.

Thanks so much to Mellissa's and anyone that was one the seen, but to cover his body is appreciated. We had a closed casket for the service. Thanks to everyone who prayed on the scence.

Often times when I see any kind of accident I always pray for the people. My desire is that everyone would slow down and watch where they are going. This could have been avoided.

It's ashamed this had to happen, but I try never to question God and I always trust he knows what best even in the time of tradegy.

Thanks so much for your prayers for my sister and her children.
melissa

East Saint Louis, IL

#49 Aug 1, 2008
i just read your post. i have been wondering about the funeral. i pray for your family every day. I take a little extra time driving and hug my kids tighter because of your brother. I know that life is short. being a nurse has made me very aware of that but being at the scene of the accident just put that reality really close to home. If my or my friends vans would have been 10 seconds earlier or later we could have been involved in the accident ( if the semi would have swerved into the other lanes.) I know that God has a plan and that your brother in law is at peace and from what you say about him he had life that will be rememebered and that you can be very proud of him. He seems to have been a wounderful man and father and I know that his children will live by his example. I would love to see a picture of him if that doesn't sound inappropriate. I want to see the man the you all saw. If you think this would be possible please let me know. I would also like to be able to do something for the family. they already have by prayers but I feel like I need to do more. Just know that as I was covering his body at the scene that I prayed for all of you that you may have peace and that you always treasure his memory and that Gods take him into his kingdom to be at his side.
Sister-In-Law wrote:
Today my brother-in-law Milton was buried. He leaves behind my sister and their six children. There were married for 15 years.
I was the one that got the call and it's hard to believe that my sister is now a widow and it was even harder to give her the news. Which I still can't believe.
This coming September will mark the one year anniversary of a fire were they lost everything materially. My three nieces at the time 7,9 and 17) were fighting for their lives and for a while we were concerned, but thank God they are all alive. Nothing is more life changing than seeing kids on a machine fighting for thier lives.
My fondest memory of Milton is when he got to the hospital (the girls had to be flown to Chicago from IN) he asked me "Are my children here?" I said yes and he passed out from all the smoke and fatigue. It was a really bad fire. He did what ever he could to save my nieces lives. This showed that he took no thought of his own life and all he cared about was the safety of his children and then and only then did his body give out.
I see many people have responded Julie speakes of the loss of her father's business, which can never be compared to the loss of life. I am sure Julie knows this, but I understand how she feels as well. That's her dad.
Someone speaks on behalf of the truck driver that killed Milton and I am sure the driver is very saddened to have this happen. I pray God gives him peace and he learns to forgive himself. I know you were speaking on behalf of your dad.
Thanks so much to Mellissa's and anyone that was one the seen, but to cover his body is appreciated. We had a closed casket for the service. Thanks to everyone who prayed on the scence.
Often times when I see any kind of accident I always pray for the people. My desire is that everyone would slow down and watch where they are going. This could have been avoided.
It's ashamed this had to happen, but I try never to question God and I always trust he knows what best even in the time of tradegy.
Thanks so much for your prayers for my sister and her children.
Sedrick

United States

#50 Aug 2, 2008
melissa wrote:
i just read your post. i have been wondering about the funeral. i pray for your family every day. I take a little extra time driving and hug my kids tighter because of your brother. I know that life is short. being a nurse has made me very aware of that but being at the scene of the accident just put that reality really close to home. If my or my friends vans would have been 10 seconds earlier or later we could have been involved in the accident ( if the semi would have swerved into the other lanes.) I know that God has a plan and that your brother in law is at peace and from what you say about him he had life that will be rememebered and that you can be very proud of him. He seems to have been a wounderful man and father and I know that his children will live by his example. I would love to see a picture of him if that doesn't sound inappropriate. I want to see the man the you all saw. If you think this would be possible please let me know. I would also like to be able to do something for the family. they already have by prayers but I feel like I need to do more. Just know that as I was covering his body at the scene that I prayed for all of you that you may have peace and that you always treasure his memory and that Gods take him into his kingdom to be at his side. <quoted text>
I want to thank you Melissa, My name is Sedrick. Milton was one of my best friends. He and I were co-drivers for over 5 yrs. I helped carry his casket yesterday. I still can't believe that he is gone. Thankyou for covering his body and thankyou for the prayers.
Wendy

AOL

#51 Aug 3, 2008
I am the woman who Milton was helping. I have read these posts but have not known what to say - I still don't - I am so distraught and spend much of my time thinking about the accident. Milton was helping me - in the time I knew him, I felt safe and cared for - it all happened very fast.
I remember him telling me to get away from the road... get away from the road...
My heart and spirit are with his wife and children - and the man who was driving the second semi - this is a hard time for many people - I just wanted to reach out to this small community of posts... being able to connect with this tragedy, and put the pieces together helps us move through this -
thank you to anyone at the scene who helped all of us - i am still in shock and dealing with the aftermath of what happened.
I will contact Milton's family when it is appropriate -
Take care and be safe -
-Wendy
Theresia

Hanover Park, IL

#52 Aug 3, 2008
I want to say that I really appreciate everone's comments on my oldest brother. I will miss him dearly like all of the people who where blessed to be in his presence. I met my brother in the summer of "81" for the first time. I was ll years old he had on a pink shirt and a big afro can you believe that,for those who knew him. my brother came from a big family and as I read all of the comments I can say that the family has been extended.
Caring

United States

#53 Aug 4, 2008
What city was Milton from, I thought we might find an obituary online in a local newspaper? Can anyone help me out. I would just like to know what he looked like in life.
Missouri

Milwaukee, WI

#54 Aug 4, 2008
Has anyone else heard if the other driver (Meadors)was found to be on meth or not?
Theresia

Hanover Park, IL

#55 Aug 4, 2008
Caring wrote:
What city was Milton from, I thought we might find an obituary online in a local newspaper? Can anyone help me out. I would just like to know what he looked like in life.
Milton was from Chicago,IL
Thoughtful

United States

#56 Aug 4, 2008
Can you give a link that would have an obituary so we can read about Milton?
Missouri II

Milwaukee, WI

#57 Aug 13, 2008
What happened to the last post I put in to the forum? It seemed to have disappeared. Is someone trying to hide something? All I asked was had anyone else heard that the driver who hit the other one was on Meth at the time? I heard that he was and that this isn't the first time.

“Less Anger, More Solutions”

Since: Mar 08

outskirts of Cardinal Nation

#58 Aug 14, 2008
Missouri II wrote:
What happened to the last post I put in to the forum? It seemed to have disappeared. Is someone trying to hide something? All I asked was had anyone else heard that the driver who hit the other one was on Meth at the time? I heard that he was and that this isn't the first time.
If you posted on the Topix forum, I don't see your name on the list of posts. Not as Missouri II, anyway. Are you trying to hide your name? All posts on Topix go on the board. Only the administrators, and not the editors can remove them. Since there seems nothing wrong with your question, there may have been a techincal foul-up. Post again.
Missouri II

Milwaukee, WI

#59 Aug 14, 2008
chetthejet wrote:
<quoted text>
If you posted on the Topix forum, I don't see your name on the list of posts. Not as Missouri II, anyway. Are you trying to hide your name? All posts on Topix go on the board. Only the administrators, and not the editors can remove them. Since there seems nothing wrong with your question, there may have been a techincal foul-up. Post again.
Yes, I am hiding my name for a good reason that cannot be explained here. Let's just say I am closer to the problem than most.
melissa

East Saint Louis, IL

#60 Sep 25, 2008
i would still like to be able to see a obitary for milton. if anyone knows where this is available please write back. i was at the scene of the accident and still haven't been able to stop thinking about it. thanks.

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