Two fluke accidents on the road this week hit close to home.

I didn’t know Robert Alan Pauley but several of his relatives were friends in high school. The 45-year-old Floyd man died in a motorcycle accident near Riner. One report said he crashed after his Harley hit a deer on Meadow Brook Road in Montgomery County.

A close friend broke her leg and totaled her pickup truck Thursday after she hydroplaned off the road. She’s home recovering with the help of her significant other who’s had his share of drama in his life this year.

Both incidents remind us of the fragility of life — even here in the country.