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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: The scene where CBS News correspondent Bob Simon died in car accident on Manhattan's west side on February 11, 2015 in New York City.The award-winning journalist was 73. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

If you’ve never met Catherine Lane’s sainted husband, Rick, I hope you get the opportunity.  There’s not a better husband, father…better man I’ve met.  Further, I’ll always remain in awe and admiration for his work as a North Carolina State Trooper.

Before his retirement a year or so ago, Rick was in accident investigation.  Those awful wrecks on the side of the road that make you wince at first sight, he was often one of the first on the scene.

I spoke with him on a couple of occassions about how he dealt with some of the horrors that he saw.

I cannot imagine.

I could not do it.

I’m not strong enough.

In the back of my mind (and I’m sure it was always in the back of Rick’s) would always be, “What if I’m called out to the scene of an horrific accident…and it involves my loved ones?”

Which leads me to this heartbreaking story that I came across this morning.

An EMT in New Mexico arrived at the scene of last week’s fatal crash involving aspiring country singer singer Kylie Rae Harris — and discovered that one of the victims was his teenage daughter.

If you didn’t see the story, the accident occurred in Taos last week when Harris reportedly clipped the back of another vehicle, sending her into oncoming traffic. She then crashed head-on into an SUV being driven by 16-year-old Maria Elena Cruz. Both died in the collision.

Maria’s father, Pedro Cruz, was one of the EMTs who responded.

He had no idea his daughter was involved until he arrived.

I cannot stop thinking about this man and his family.  If there’s ever someone you need to keep in your prayers, it’s the Cruz family in Taos.

The Taos County Fire Department’s Mike Cordova says Cruz and his family are “reeling” from the shocking death.

I imagine that’s a stunning understatement.