My Jeep rolled over twice on N. Montana Ave in Helena, MT and took two men down with it. The accident happened on Sep, 11th at around 7pm. Tim, the driver, is reportedly in critical condition and has been transferred to Great Falls for surgeries; Colonel Bruce Murphy is in not-so-good shape himself, hospitalized in the VA hospital in Fort Harrison.
I met Bruce Murphy (AKA “Colonel”) when I was living in my camper prior to my departure. A Vietnam veteran who’s like so many others that have been neglected to a degree that they don’t resemble a living thing of any sort anymore. Living out of his old camper with no electricity of any sort in an abandoned parking lot, he was as cheerful and funny as a man can get. We talked and laughed many of nights, sitting around that old parking lot talking about absolutely nothing worthwhile.
Before I left, he purchased my Jeep as he wanted a moving vehicle to get around. On Sep, 11th, Colonel and his friend Tim were on a beer run to town and on the way back, Tim lost control of the car on a bad road and they both went down. My good friend Joe DeLuca recognized my jeep in the newspaper 5 days later by the zip ties that he put on the trailer hitch harness when I sold him my hitch and went to the hospital to check on the guys. I feel guilty and very disturbed by what happened even though I had nothing to do with it. Tim is in pretty bad shape and according to Joe, he has little chance of surviving but I hope they both make it through. Hang in there guys…