Only the Good Die Young

Alexander Conlon

Alexander Conlon

Alexander Conlon was your typical standout freshmen. He was gorgeous, popular, hung out with the older crowd, had a loving mother, was an amazing football player, and had a beautiful girlfriend. Alex had everything going for him. He lived in Fort Lee, New Jersey and attended Fort Lee High School. He was only 15, born on February 9, 1992, however he lied to all his friends and said he was 16. He may only have been 15 but he lived like a 20 year old. Alex loved life and always put a smile on everybody's face.

Alex's best friend had recently turned 18 and him and his close friends planned a surprise birthday party. They rented a limo to bring them into the city and were looking forward to an exciting night. The birthday boy had no idea what was coming, which made the event even more exciting. The date was set and the reservations were made for our adventure out into the city. We would be in the city by 9 P.M on July 3, 2007.

We were all gathered around the limo waiting for seven people to get there so we could leave. It was getting late. I called my friend and he said they were all on their way. A few minutes later another friend of mine who I was with got a phone call. He had a look of bewilderment on his face, came over, got another one of the boys and started running. We yelled after them, what happened, and he responded, they got in a car accident.

We got in the car and followed the boys. It didnt take us very long to find our friends. It was a crime scene like I've never seen before. We got out of the car and ran. I saw the bottom of a car that looked like it had rolled onto its side whip around a pole. I asked the cops around, where are my friends, what's going on, they called us and said there was an accident. The cop looked at me, then at the car and said, your friends were in the car (the car that was flipped on its side).

I collapsed, screaming, crying, shocked. I watched as the fire fighters and police took my friends out of the car and placed them on stretchers. I felt my heart breaking inside my body. They took the driver of the car out and he had no shoes on. He was always in control of things and I couldn't comprehend seeing him laid out on a stretcher being rushed into an ambulance. Another one of my good friends was bleeding profusely from his face. I couldn't bear to look at him. He was the first to rush off to the hospital. I went up to a police officer and said, is everyone out, are they going to be okay? and the police officer responded by telling me that there was still somebody stuck in the vehicle.

I watched as the fire fighters took out their saw and began to tear away at the metal that used to be a Nissan Murano. Finally, they pulled Alex out. They put him on a stretcher and I watched as he was rolled to an ambulance in front of me. They said he was the most critically injured. I asked the cop, is he going to be okay, you got him out, he has to be fine, and the cop said there was a 50/50 chance.

We all rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center Trauma Center and by the time I got there Alexander Conlon was pronounced dead. At 9:30 P.M on July 3, 2007, one of my closest friends lost his life.

After an investigation was done, we were told that there was an open bottle of liquor that was half-full found in the vehicle. There was also alcohol and numerous drugs found in the blood system of the driver. There was a large piece of wood that punctured Alex's brain that ultimately killed him. The wood got into his head because the driver lost control of the vehicle, swerved into a wooden fence and flipped the car over. The car was on it's side and it kept moving until it hit a wooden pole across the streeet.

The life of Alex Conlon can never be replaced. It's a pity how instantaneously life can be taken away, however, this is a good lesson for the youth of America to be more cautious. Don't drink and drive, don't get in a car with someone who has been drinking and driving and make good decisions. I love you Alex, and I hope your soul is resting in heaven, where it belongs.

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Aug 17, 2012
GREAT KID
by: NICK C

ALEX WAS MY COUSIN. FOR THE MOST PART I SPENT TIME WITH MY AUNT SUSIE AND ALEX WHEN THEY LIVED IN CLIFFSIDE. BUT THE BEST PART WAS UPSTATE NEW YORK AT OUR GRANDFATHERS HOUSE OR AS WE ALL CALLED HIM POP POP... TAKING THOSE HIKES AND ALWAYS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A TREE HOUSE, THAT NEVER HAPPEND LOL, WAS THE BEST TIME I HAD WITH MY COUSIN. IT SUCKS BIG TIME THAT I CANT SEE MY COUSIN GROW UP. HE NOW REST NEXT TO MY FATHER AND I KNOW THEY BOTH LOOK DOWN AT ME ALL DAY EVERYDAY AND POINT AND LAUGH AT EVERYTHING I DO LOL. MOST PPL SAY YOU WILL BE MISSES BUT THE MOMENT I HEARD I LOST MY COUSIN I MISSED HIM ALREADY AND TO THIS DAY HE IS MISSED. MY WORDS TO EVERYONE OUT THERE GIVE SOME KNOWLEDGE AND TELL THE YOUNG ONES THE DANGERS OF DRINKING AND DRIVING. THE LAST THING ANYONE WANTS IS TO BE THE COUSIN WRITING HOW MUCH THEY MISS THIER COUSIN....

Jan 26, 2011
You Alex
by: Anonymous

My god, you were one of my very first crushes.
In elementary school you always stuck up for me
thank you and i love you.
See you in heaven.
Love always.

Dec 31, 2010
miss you
by: Anonymous

you will never be forgotten. you were always like a brother to me alex. you weren't like everyone else. everything happens for a reason

Nov 13, 2009
rip
by: Anonymous

You will never be forgotten Alex. <33




Aug 04, 2009
from Cali
by: Kim

We love you Alex!!

Jul 03, 2009
babe<3
by: brianna

i went to school with alex in elementary school. we were so close, we hung out so much. we told each other everything. i love & miss him so much. i would do anything to get him back, absolutely anything. i love you babe - rest in paradise <3

Dec 04, 2008
Forever in my memory
by: Anika

Alex was my classmate in elementary school in Cliffside Park. Many of you wrote about how charming and unique this person was. The last time I saw him was 4th grade but even then he really was special. I actually had a crush on him. I still cant believe something so awful happened to someone so nice. Life is so unfair, this accident proves it. Alex, I havent forgotten You in all the years that have gone by and I promise that that will never change - I will always remember You. Bless your soul.

I would also like to thank the author of the story for being strong enough to write and publish this horrible story. I dont live in NJ anymore and this way I know exactly what happened. Thank You.

Oct 25, 2008
ypu are missed
by: Anonymous

I remember the day that you died..that night & that whole week was the hardest in my whole life, You were such an amazing person and everyone misses you so much. You were so important.. I cry about you all the time and it never gets easier. What makes it worse is that what happened that night was avoidable.. you didn't' deserve to die, you deserved it the least. I wish i could go back in time and change it... your death is unfair but it has to be accepted even though I don't think i can ever do that.. it's too unreal. I miss you <3 n one will EVER forget you, see you soon but not soon enough.

Sep 26, 2008
Hearts are broken - Alex is missed dearly
by: Anonymous

For those of you who didn't have the chance to meet Alex I want you to know that he was a very rare human being. From the time he was born Alex had a way about him that charmed everyone that came in contact with him. Alex was so full of love and life with his famous smile. Alex was always respectful to others and had a comfortable ability to communicate with people of all ages. Whenever I stopped by his home he would always take the time to say hello, sit and have a conversation with me and make me laugh. I always appreciated this quality of Alex - he made me feel special, this is something that many teens feel uncomfortable doing. Yes Alex was extremely handsome and a good athlete but most important Alex was beautiful on the inside. He was a gentle giant that wouldn't hurt a soul. It is so, so sad to see his loving family (Mother Susie, Father Mike, Sister Danielle, Grandma Carol, Grandma Koula, Uncle Richie, Uncle T, Aunt MaryAndrea, nieces, cousins, etc.) suffer his loss. Life has changed drastically in one early evening, July 3, 2007. I will never forget this day as long as I live. There is a feeling of emptiness that constantly haunts our hearts and minds. Life continues to pass. I hope we never forget what a terrible loss of life drunk driving and reckless driving can cause. Please pray for Alex and his Family everyday and everyday hug your child when they leave for school or social activities and talk to them ---- remind them about the dangers of reckless driving and drunk driving. Our children are young and fearless, they don't think this can happen to them. They will be tempted to drink, they may show off and drive recklessly - Please talk - talk - talk - and talk again to let them know that they can be the person responsible for taking the life of another individual and at the same time ruin their own life and future. Remember to pray for Alex and Everyone who was involved in that tragic accident.

Alex's Godmother

Aug 12, 2008
Sad
by: Anonymous

I was there. I was one of the rescuers getting people out of the car. It was an accident scene like no other. Who knows what was or what wasn't in the drivers system. An innocent life was lost and a town was shattered. It is time to start the healing and move on forward. Hopefully everyone has learned a lesson from this accident.

Jul 29, 2008
It's a Shame!
by: Anonymous

Its' a shame that this had to happen. Both for the victim, Alex, and the driver. As far as I know, the driver was and is a great kid. Always looking to help someone, great in school, and never got into trouble in his life. I don't mean to praise the driver and forget about the victim, but let's all remember, of course, a life was taken, and it is horrible, but the driver deserves a second chance in life. Let's stop badgering him and go forward!!!

Jul 05, 2008
sad
by: Anonymous

this was so sad. i didnt know alex but it sounds like he is missed very much by his friends and family. nobody deserves this especially as young as him. R.I.P Alex

Jul 02, 2008
LIES
by: Anonymous

BEFOER YOU TELL A STORY LIKE THAT MAKE SURE YOU HAVE IT RIGHT BECAUSE I WAS THERE THE WHOLE TIME AND THE DRIVER WAS NOT ON ANY DRUGS!

Jun 22, 2008
almost a year.
by: Anonymous

it's almost a year alex and it still has been to unreal. i keep thinking of how one day you would come back to school and just say "sauced" i'm alive. it's too selfish to ask for one more day, one more smile, one more laugh, one more hug, one more glimpse of your beautiful face because heaven will miss their craziest angel. In school i used to wonder, "how would this day be if alex was alive?" Alex, you don't understand how much i love you and miss you- -but it's okay. because i know our time isn't over. i'm gonna see you again. you still owe me five bucks =) i love you so much alex. rest in peace baby. <3

Jun 10, 2008
Only the Good Die Young <3
by: Anonymous

Every time i read the story over and over again Alex it just brings me back to that day and everything leading up to it and everything you have left behind Alex i wish we could have gotten closer but i know your looking down on me and everyone else especially the people who were with you that night and those who were effected the most. You taught me things i thought i would never learn in a lifetime and i thank you for that, its never going to be the same without you we all miss you dearly, Alex rest in the sweetest peace and just watch over the people who need it most, i can't help but cry every time i see your picture Alex nobody is ever going to ever get over a moment in time spent with you, you were just one of those people who always made me smile and laugh and i will never forget that. R.I.P. A-con you didn't deserve this see you soon <3

Apr 29, 2008
My friend Alex
by: Anonymous

Alex and I were roommates at Rutgers Football Camp in the summer. This was couple of days before the accident. I never thought seeing him getting off the bus would be the last time looking at him. It hurt me because Alex and I got pretty close. We had alot of fun too. This sucks that I couldn't have been there to save him or soemthing. I get a weird feeling when I hear the name Alex. Alex was a great football player too. I hope that this story teaches young teens not to drink and drive. R.I.P Bro love you and see you at states!

Apr 26, 2008
too bad
by: Anonymous

Its always the ones not under the influence nor driving that are killed or hurt. The drunk driver from this accident is walking around, driving and enjoying life like nothing ever happened. His trial wont be until the winter, meanwhile he is eating out, driving around and who knows what and I saw that one of the very injured passenger friends is still with him. It hurts me to see that this poor guy who was disfigured in the accident still is friends with the drunk driver who hurt him and killed their friend, that is soo bad.

Apr 11, 2008
Only the Good Die Young <3
by: Anonymous

Every time i read the story over and over again Alex it just brings me back to that day and everything leading up to it and everything you have left behind Alex i wish we could have gotten closer but i know your looking down on me and everyone else especially the people who were with you that night and those who were effected the most. You taught me things i thought i would never learn in a lifetime and i thank you for that, its never going to be the same without you we all miss you dearly, Alex rest in the sweetest peace and just watch over the people who need it most, i can't help but cry every time i see your picture Alex nobody is ever going to ever get over a moment in time spent with you, you were just one of those people who always made me smile and laugh and i will never forget that. R.I.P. A-con you didn't deserve this see you soon <3

Apr 01, 2008
so many tears
by: Anonymous

i am really sorry that some thing like this happened i did not know him but it is like i did know him i put all of my love out there for the ones who really need it the most when i read this i had some many tears down my face because it got to me with all the love

Dec 31, 2007
alex
by: Anonymous

this is a rgeat story . i knew alex well and he was such an amazing person. he loved life and it is a shame he is gone/

Nov 24, 2007
Missed by ALL OF US.
by: Uncle Tony

Hello,
This is Alex's Uncle Tony or as he would say Uncle T. Time stopped the moment Alex left us. For some reason I happened to call the house just moments after he passed. I'm in the Air Force and stationed in Korea and can't call the States that often but for some reason I did at the moment...Alex, was like my son. He visited me a couple of times while I was stationed in Hawaii and he was just the greatest. We had so much fun-swimming with dolphins-boogey boarding-flying in a glider and jumping off of cliffs into the ocean. Ok, Alex jumped from the cliffs with my best friend cause Uncle T is a chicken when it comes to that. The above story was great but Alex also had a great father who helped raise him. Unfortunatly Alex being a teenager was starting to exert his "teenage independence" and pulling away as teen do at that age. Alex loved his dad. Alex also had a great grandmother named Koula and an Aunt MaryAndrea who all loved him. We're all hurting right now but I tell the world about Alex everyday. I love U Alex and U will never be forgotten by any of us...Uncle T.

Oct 30, 2007
soooooooooooooo sad
by: Anonymous

iam one of high school students, and i know alex conlon that he was very active guy. when i heard this story it made me cry as i feel that he was one of my school member. i heard about this story after the accident directly because my brother arrived after the accident and he told me about it. this is most be a memory and a wornning example for everybody who drink and drive

Oct 29, 2007
so sad
by: Anonymous

This story is sooooo sad. i'm so sorry. this story brought tears in my eyes

Oct 08, 2007
ZERO tolerance for drinking and driving
by: Anonymous

This is so sad. I'm sorry for your loss. Go out and spread the word about drinking and driving. Do whatever it takes to be heard and to make others realize this is not a game - drinking and driving kills!The only answer is ZERO tolerance -By this I mean - 0 BAC. Anything else is driving under the influence.

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