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Mom and Son Cope With Seeing Plane Crash

WEST MILTON -- A mother says her family is having a difficult time coping after watching the deadly air show crash.

Pilot Jim Leroy died in 2007 and then wing walker Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker died Saturday at the Dayton Air Show. Tracie Timm of West Milton watched both fatalities happen.

Tracie says after watching the air show crash in 2007, she told herself she'd never go back. But this year when her dad bought tickets for her family she thought she was ready, believing the unthinkable wouldn't happen again.

"I know I'll never get it out of my mind. It'll be there forever, " Timm recalls with a distant glaze in her eyes.

Tracie says she was in the front row, watching with her 6- and 7-year-old boys when the aerial trick turned fatal.

"I just remember saying 'No, no, no. I grabbed my youngest and pulled his head into my stomach, Timm said. "I just couldn't stop crying. I was shaking, which scared him even more than the crash. Mommy was crying and shaking."

As Tracie spends Monday trying to adjust to her normal routine, she still has images in her head.

"I almost want to stop thinking about it, but I keep forcing myself into remembering that moment. I keep making it replay over and over in my mind."

Even though Tracie has been experiencing flashbacks, she says her youngest son, Oliver, has been affected the most.

"It's been a couple days and he still goes to bed talking about it. Then first thing when he wakes up," Timm shares. "He wants to show me how the plane turned over. He got tape and taped a figure on the wings and said, 'mommy watch, when you throw this it's too much weight.' He wants to go over it in his mind and [figure out] why it happened."

Child psychologists say you want to help your child with self-expression in any way possible. It's also important to reassure children they are safe and trustworthy adults are in control. Also, listen to your children and answer their questions the best you can.

 
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