A father’s love: Man who lost daughter in accident forgives driver
The father of a young woman killed in a car accident in Beaver Bank, N.S., last month is asking for forgiveness for the driver.
Danielle Hudson was one of two people who died after a Honda Civic left the road and rolled several times.
Her father, Mike Hudson, says a short text message conversation was his last dialogue with her. He says a few hours later at 4:30 a.m., the buzzer to his apartment rang.
“When I sat back down, my phone rang, and it was my buddy Rory out there and he told me, 'I'm so sorry about your daughter,'” said Hudson. “I thought, ‘This is crazy, I just let my daughter in,' and he said, 'No you didn't.' So I went out, and sure enough, it was the police."
The single-vehicle crash claimed the life of 21-year-old Greg Goulding and badly injured Danielle. She died in hospital the next day.
Hudson says he went to Goulding’s wake and met the driver of the vehicle.
“We had a good cry together,” said Hudson. “I told him, ‘Accidents happen, she doesn’t hold it against you. Neither do I. And any time you need a place to stay or someone to talk to, come see me.’”
A small roadside memorial is all that remains at the crash site. The accident remains under investigation, but police say alcohol may have been a factor.
"It's very difficult to comment on the investigation because it's still ongoing, but I can tell you that investigations such as these are very large, and there are many, many components to the investigation,” said Cpl. Greg Church of Halifax Regional Police. “There are several avenues that investigators have to follow before they can move forward on the investigation."
Tributes from Danielle’s friends continue to pour in. A GoFundMe page to help the family with funeral expenses met its $10,000 goal in just a few hours.
Mike Hudson says he's coping, taking comfort in the acts of kindness. He says a psychic has assured him Danielle's spirit is always nearby.
“(The psychic) just told me she loves me and she's always going to be around us,” he said.
Hudson says the driver is devastated, and hopes the two can heal together in the weeks and months to come.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Bruce Frisko.