1 killed in overnight crash on Spirit...

1 killed in overnight crash on Spirit Lake Hwy.

There are 6 comments on the KOMO story from May 15, 2011, titled 1 killed in overnight crash on Spirit Lake Hwy.. In it, KOMO reports that:

A 37-year-old Toutle man was killed late Saturday when he crashed his pickup into an SUV full of teenagers on the winding Spirit Lake Highway, the Washington State Patrol reported.

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Laraine Borden

Eastover, SC

#1 May 15, 2011
I am the Mother of Paul Prather who died in the accident on Spirit Lake Highway. I live in Jackson MS. My daughter-in-law called me at 4:00 a.m. this morning to tell me that my Son, her husband died last night in the accident. The police investigation has not been completed nor has the police report been released.

My husband and I adopted Paul Prather when he was three months old. Paul (we call him Tony) has been the most wonderful son. No, he was not perfect. But he was kind, caring, loving, and respectful.

My heart is breaking because I loved this young man so unconditionally. He would never have intentionally crashed his truck into anyone. I don't know the facts yet. I am asking that you not judge him so harshly. Please wait for the facts and even then whatever they are know that Paul leaves behind a grieving Mother, Father, Wife, and two stepdaughters who loved him so much.

Thanks
Ryan

Graham, WA

#2 May 15, 2011
I am sorry for your loss. I worked with Tony in the past and served in the Navy with him. I can not pass judgement on him as he was a shipmate, friend, husband and dad as well as a son to you. I see bad things in my job and they dont usually bother me too much, but they are not friends. I wish the best for you.
Laraine Borden

United States

#3 May 16, 2011
Ryan wrote:
I am sorry for your loss. I worked with Tony in the past and served in the Navy with him. I can not pass judgement on him as he was a shipmate, friend, husband and dad as well as a son to you. I see bad things in my job and they dont usually bother me too much, but they are not friends. I wish the best for you.
Thanks Ryan -- your comments are very much appreciated. Glad you knew Tony -- very special person.
Doreen

Longview, WA

#4 May 16, 2011
Laraine-

I am so sorry for your loss. This accident happened in front of my parent's road and I knew some of the kids involved, but did not know your son. I think you are going to find that the Toutle community is very tight knit. We care about all of our neighbors. The school will be taking food over to the house tomorrow to help out. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to help.

My sympathies to you. Hugs, my friend.
Teresa Crutchfield Maddox

Tacoma, WA

#5 May 17, 2011
I have no words of wisdom to help ease the pain of those who loved Tony. He will be missed. He touched many lives. My love and concern to Laraine, John and Jane.
Andrea

Concord, CA

#6 May 18, 2011
There has been a fund set up at Wells Fargo for the wife & children of Tony. Please donate to "The Tony Prather memorial fund". You can go to any Wells FArgo in any state.
Thank you

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