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So sad :(

Posted by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM
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 Trapped man, 85, wrote goodbye note before rescue

 

Stuck in a car on a rural Texas road, Robert Porter wrote what he thought would be his final words to his family.
September 13th, 2011

An elderly Texas man who was trapped in his car for two days wrote what he thought was a farewell message on the car's armrest, saying he wasn't trying to kill himself and suggesting the road he was on should be fixed.

Robert Porter, 85, drove his car down a steep rural road near his Kerrville home in central Texas early last week to look at a pond. He couldn't get the two-wheel-drive vehicle back up the soft caliche road, and the car rolled off the path and became stuck near the bottom of a ravine, CNN affiliate KENS reported.

Porter, a World War II veteran who has a back injury and gets around with a wheeled walker, was without food and had only 8 ounces of water in a bottle. Knowing he could last only so long with temperatures in the 90s, he eventually grabbed a pen and started writing on his car's center armrest.

"One thing I wrote, the very first, was, ‘This is an accident,' underlined. Because I was afraid somebody might think I committed suicide," Porter told KENS.

 He wrote that the car's wheels had spun out, and he instructed his family to give him a closed casket at his funeral. He also wrote that his homeowner's association "should improve (the) road."

He told KENS that he was ready to die. "The last six hours, I was asking God to hurry up. You know?" Porter said.

Porter honked the car's horn until the battery died. On September 6, about 40 hours after the car became stuck, a neighbor saw the vehicle and Porter - dehydrated but alive - and called authorities, said Tom Vinger, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Vinger told CNN that Porter would have been unable to walk away, especially up the incline, because of his health problems. A tree near where the car came to rest gave Porter some crucial shade, Vinger said.

M2mMelissa

by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM
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USAFamily
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM

 I am so glad the little old guy made it! But how terrifying! And I think it's terrible that the roads are so bad he couldn't get up the road to go home.

splatz
by Sarah on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:04 AM
Poor guy. That's so sad.
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jltplk25
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:11 AM
I hope they fix the road now. Such a shame an old man almost dying could bring this to light.
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goddess99
by Michelle on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:11 AM

aww thats sad but glad hes ok :)  scary

Mojitomommy
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM

very sad


Amadako
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM

So sad. I am glad he is ok.

USAFamily
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:23 PM

 I just cannot imagine waiting to die and sitting there, writing my last thoughts down. Ugh, how awful.

momofsixangels
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:52 PM

I cant imagine what he felt.Thank-goodness he is ok.What a miracle!

VintageWife
by on Sep. 15, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Bless that neighbor for finding him! I'm glad he thought to write that stuff out. I wonder if I'd think to do it. I bet I would cause I like to write and would want everyone to know I loved them up through the end.

annavicki
by on Sep. 15, 2011 at 1:09 AM

thats sad   hes ok?

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