TodaySeptember 26, 2021

No suicide notes in a depression

Winter 2009.
By John Batchelor

My best UAW source sends along a sobering story from Detroit of a 53 year-old laid-off, disabled GM worker, Timothy H. Regan, who quietly gave away all his possessions and waited in his recliner in his empty apartment for the knock of the eviction notice from the court. When it came in late January, Tim quietly went out the window. There was no note. In fact, the eviction servers did not realize Tim had jumped. They cleaned out what was left into a dumpster and only gradually understood that the sirens were because Tim was dead below. Unmarried, well-liked, unassuming Tim lost his job on a Black Thursday in 2006 and quietly ran out of money, healthcare, time and explanations. His family members loved him and left him alone. The silent sadness contains a mystery. No note. Why no note?

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.