UPDATE ON BOAT CRASH SURVIVOR, MOUNDVILLE MAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO THOSE LOST
Both victims from the Fourth of July boat crash near Moundville have been laid to rest. Destiny Graben, 23, was buried Sunday and 47-year-old Ricky Glover went to his eternal resting place Monday.
We’ve seen that Graben and Glover were extremely loved. If you’re a NASCAR fan, you may have caught a glimpse of that during Saturday nights Coke Zero 400. A man who once suited up for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Moundville native Rowdy Harrell, now works on the pit crew for number 88 driver Alex Bowman.
During Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 in Daytona, Harrell, who knew both of the boat crash victims, wore these song lyrics on his helmet. “I will carry you with me until I see again,” followed by the words “Moundville Strong,” the victims names and a bible verse from Matthew 5:4, which reads “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
“I wanted just to do something to keep their memory alive to honor them,” Harrell told WVUA 23 Reporter Chelsea Barton. “I know they are having a hard time down there. I wish I could be there for them. I just wanted to figure out something I could say or write to make people realize how close we are down there and that we carry each other, ” Harrell added.
There were 6 survivors from the two boat crash. WVUA 23 has been in touch with both of the men who were severely injured.
One is being treated at DCH Regional Medical Center and is choosing not to be identified, but wants to thank everyone for remembering him during this difficult time.
Mac Poole turned 26-years-old in UAB hospital the day after the fatal crash.
He is obviously heartbroken over the situation, but staying strong and doing his best to heal after multiple surgeries. Mac has felt our prayers.
“Thank you all so much for your love and support,” he said, “It is much needed and greatly appreciated.”
A gofundme page has been set up to assist Poole’s family financially while they are living in Birmingham by his side.
You can donate online by visiting the site and searching “Mac Poole and Family” or in person at the Bank of Moundville.