Ashley Aldworth, the step-daughter to one of my best friends, was killed in a single vehicle accident early Sunday morning. She apparently fell asleep at the wheel. Ashley was 25 years old.
Ashley’s step-father Dominic works with me, and I’ve known him for thirteen years. When I was promoted, Dom trained me and took me under his wing. He is also the same Dominic that appears in the Acknowledgments section of Only Son. He and his wife Donna are terrific people who’ve raised terrific daughters.
Ashley was a beautiful, outgoing, fun-loving girl who would do anything for a friend. There is no doubt people like her shouldn’t leave us so soon. However, we should take comfort in the fact that so many people had their lives affected – for the better – by her presence.
Some say that the ultimate tragedy is when a parent outlives his/her child. As a father of four, I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment.
Rest in peace, Ashley. Godspeed.