May 16, 2004
Phone Calls from the Dead?
Posted by scott at May 16, 2004 09:15 AM
Well, maybe not dead, but a phone call from this accident scene was certainly extremely strange:
Someone called Ron Burth on Friday afternoon to tell him that his wife, Linda, had been killed minutes before in a traffic crash on Interstate 4.
The female caller's identity isn't known ... But [police] don't know how she learned Burth's name and cell phone number.
First thing I thought was, "hey, probably just grabbed the purse", but the accident description basically says the lady crossed the median and was run completely over by an 18-wheeler. Can't reach into a car that's squashed flat. Of course, now that I think about it, her ID may have been tossed out of the car. That would explain it. Still, definitely weird & creepy.
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They were married less than a year :(
I was there, I was two cars behind the car that hit her. We stayed at the scene and I know who called because they told me they did.
Then WHO called?? Inquring minds want to know! :)
I am the caller. I don't know why I called, I just knew that I had to. In the ledger article, it made it sound as though I was thoughtless. However, I did not tell Mr. Burth that his wife was dead. I called to let him know she had been in an accident, he asked if she was dead. I explained that it was a very bad accident. He then pleaded with me to tell him if she was dead. I remember stating " Mr. Burth, I am so sorry, I can't say." he then said "please, just tell me, is she okay or is she dead?" My words exactly were. "Mr. Burth, I am so sorry."
He said Thank you! He then stated.."she was beautiful wasn't she?" and I said "Yes, Mr. Burth she was." he shared with me how they had just been married in September and how she ran a boutique and that they were getting ready to open one up at the Ellenton Mall. They were so excited about their future in Venice.
My life has never been the same. I pray often for him and that he is doing well. I must believe in my heart that it was God's will that he find out the way that he did. I can assure you it was not a call I chose to make.
That day is a day I will never forget. But I was there for a reason. God knew Mr. Burth's heart and knew what he needed at that very moment. In any other circumstance I would have been in too much shock to do anything, But God knew what he was doing. The State Trooper even said, "I've never seen a man more at peace than Mr. Burth." and at that time in his life....Peace is obviously what he needed. My prayers are and will forever be with the family of Linda Burth.
The mystery caller!