All too often, we are reminded just how precious and short life is. As the new year begins, politicians who won elections in 2022 are entering public office. They are attending their swearing-in ceremonies and celebrations that follow.
In Connecticut, state representatives celebrated the start of their new session this week. After swearing in the newly-elected lawmakers, they held an inaugural ball. One of those celebrating was Quentin Williams, who was elected to a third term. But on his way home from the event, the worst happened.
From The Western Journal:
Democratic Rep. Quentin Williams of Middletown, 39, died in a crash that occurred on Route 9 early on Thursday, according to The New York Times.
The Connecticut State Police accident report indicated the other driver was traveling on the wrong side of the highway and struck Williams’ vehicle.
That driver, 27-year-old Kimede Katie Mustafaj, also died in the collision.
Police responding to the scene of the crash described Williams’ car as being “fully engulfed in flames.”
As Connecticut state Rep. Williams was driving home from his inaugural ball, he was struck in a head-on collision. The other driver was shockingly driving down the wrong side of the highway. It appears Williams was unable to avoid the other driver. Both drivers died as a result of the crash.
Williams was remembered by his colleagues as a respected leader and a member of more than a dozen community charities and groups. Outpourings of sympathy and condolences were posted to social media from those who knew and worked with him. He left behind a wife and a legacy of devotion to his community.
Head-on collisions like this are sadly not uncommon. An increasing cause of such shocking crashes is cellphone use while driving. Far too many drivers look away from the road to interact with their phones, putting many lives at risk.
This time, it cost the world a young man and leader.
- A newly sworn-in Connecticut lawmaker was killed in a head-on collision.
- Quentin Williams died when a car driving down the wrong side of the highway hit his car.
- He was driving back from his inaugural ball, after being sworn in for a third term of office.
Source: The Western Journal