The pristine hills in southern Wayne County were home to James "Chester" Lowe all 71 years of his life. Lowe’s father died when he was only six and his family says he worked hard to support them from an early age.
His health turned bad and his wife died, but then he re-married Rener, whose previous spouse had also died. It was a new beginning.
“When you see one, you also see the other. They were close,” says Jimmy Lowe of the relationship between his father and his wife of three-and-half years.
The couple was together Wednesday morning in Somerset when Chester was told by his doctor that his cancer was in remission. The happy pair headed for home with good news.
“He got a good report yesterday. The doctor told him not to come back in a year,” says Lowe.
But a short time later, fate and irony would take charge. On a rain slick road, called Slick Ford, police say Lowe lost control of his truck, hit a tree and tumbled over the embankment. The accident happened less than a mile from their home.
His son, Jimmy, rushed to the scene. “He could've passed out or something, he says. “There were no skid marks or anything.”
There is no guardrail separating the road from a steep embankment.
“Yeah, I've been concerned for several years. There have been several other accidents around the county and other areas.”
Now, the family is considering taking action, in hopes that more guardrails will prevent other families from going through the same grief as them.