Unification News for September 2003

STF Car Accident

On Saturday, September 20th, at about 8:00 AM central time an STF van was driving to Houston, Texas. They were driving at the speed limit with all seat belts fastened. They were reading Father's words for study time. Suddenly, a pick-up truck from the on-coming lane (from the opposite direction) flipped over and landed on top of the STF van from above. According to the police, the driver of the truck was a 19 year old male. They did not release any information as to why he lost control of his truck. He was killed immediately.

The truck flipped onto the van on the right side. The co-driver was a second generation brother Kwan Jung Lee, in his first year of STF training. He sustained serious head injuries, and died at the scene. His father, Rev. Lee is the Regional Leader for the Northwest Region and lives in Seattle, WA. He was in Kodiak with True Parents at the time. Father wrote an epitaph for Kwan Jung Lee.

The roof of the van was destroyed. One second generation brother, Nam Hi Hwang, also sustained severe head injuries and is a coma. His parents are Mr. Thomas (Yoo Joo) and Kathleen Hwang who are National Messiahs in China. Nam Hi was the assistant to the team leader and in his second year of STF training.

The driver and team leader, a first generation brother, Oleksky Belegrov, from the Ukraine was in critical condition at St. Patrick's Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana then passed away. His parents will arrive from the Ukraine to the US as soon as possible.

There were three other second generation boys in the van. They were all taken to Jennings American Legion Hospital Emergency Room in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Jonathan Bonini has a broken jaw and a few cuts on his face. He will be released from the hospital tomorrow. Solomon Pobanz and William Bowles were checked by the staff there and have no injuries.

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