Jeff L. Bondy, Chicago, Il 08/10/08
by Kelley Bondy
Jeff's Harley ride to Dekalb
August 10,2008 just 2 days after our twins 11th Birthday, Jeff was killed on his motorcycle on his way to work on a Sunday afternoon at 3:33. Jeff was struck opposite by a Drunk Driver with, yes, 5 DUI's. This man kept going and dragged my husband even with people running and banging on his window. He never turned his head. To make matters worse my son and I were in the backyard when he left. He came back, because he forgot his leather. Jeff left again wearing his leather and helmet, then just minutes after turning the corner, my son and I heard the crash. My son ran yelling "Mom." But my heart sank and I went into shock. I told him it was not Dad as we heard the Fire trucks. I did run for the phone and called his cell which went into v-mail. I tried to protect my kids and went into denial until the Detective came to our door with the black bag you never want to see. I fell to my knees and cried as my twins ran out to see why I was crying.
My husband, my first love and wonderful father of our twins was brutally killed by a Drunk Driver who really to this day could care less.
There was a great man who helped lift the car off Jeff and who held his hand as
he took his last breath and died from his injuries. My heart died that day with him. Jeff will be buried off the USS Enterprise on their next tour and is at
Norfolk, Va. awaiting his burial at Sea his wish.
3 years of fighting I had to write Dick Devine to have misdemeanor charges upgraded to 5 felonies, because the police waited 4 hours to test him. I found a name card my husband kept in his desk I never saw that had my name and in Gaelic my name in big letters said " Warrior Woman." Yes I fought hard for my husband and after 3 years the judge found him guilty and is serving 8 years.
We will forever miss and think about Jeff every moment of the day and our twins are growing up to be such great kids. Both are in the Navy Rotc and are following Dad's footsteps. We will see you again Jeff. This man may have taken your life, but he will not take away the eternity we will get to spend with you when we see you again.