Sasha, shortly before her 6th birthday and my son Sean (age 7), June 1996
photo ©1996 Henry S. Rosner
Sasha was Linda Saar's youngest daugter. When my son Sean and I arrived in Las Cruces Sasha was 5 and Sean was 7. They immediately bonded. They rode their bikes together, played together, got in trouble together and camped out in the living room with Sasha's older brother Jason. They became fast friends.

Sasha was a sweet little girl with a great sense of humour. I have an incredible amount of empathy for her father, Mark Sechrist. He lost his two little girls in a moment of senselessness and I think of him often. Mark was very kind to Sean and I when we were visiting in Las Cruces and he will always be in my thoughts.

Sasha missed her eighth birthday by 29 days. Children should not die before their parents. There is something inherently wrong with that.

Also killed in the accident was Sasha's sister Sarah, age 10, her mother, Linda, age 42, Linda's toddler son Andrew Saar, age 3, adult daughter Jennie Hanson, age 21 and Jennie's baby son Isaiah, age 7 months. The six of them were killed while stopped on I-10 East due to a previous traffic accident. A tractor trailer, also stopped, was thrust atop their Ford Taurus by a second tractor trailer barrelling down the highway driven by a man who had apparently fallen asleep. Imagine the confluence of circumstancecs that needed to be in place for that to happen. Now try to wrap your head around it. I have tried for years... still unsuccessful to date.


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