Thursday , October 22 , 2009 . Weather , speed and tires to blame in Vlad's death . More details have emerged surrounding the untimaly death of our friend , Vladik Shibanov . This blog has been created by my in memory of Vladik's life . All information is below . On October 20 , the World a little less vibrant . We lost a remarcable young man , whose natural smile and personality was infectious . Our pain will be felt for many more days , months and even years to come . But take comfort in knowing that . If you believe in it , somewhere "up there" he is making all those he meets smile and Laugh . His body is gone , but his soul lives on . (This is the one of the first comment which was written after Vladik's death , on October 20 2009)
Alushta . Ukraine . It was a sunny and mild autumn day with a slight breeze . On any other Saturday , it would have been called perfect . Flanked by family , countless friends and even strangers , Vladik Shibanov was laid to rest on October 24 . In this small resort town of 30 000 many turned out to say their final farewell to a boy taken from us too suddenly . As Vlad's family wept , one could not help but feel the pain and sorrow . You did not have to be related or even know Vlad to see the influence this boy had on people . His friends from university stood by Vlad's side stoically fighting back tears , some failing but putting on a brave face as most teens do . His younger sister could barely stand as she watched her idol get lowered into the ground....
Two years as our friend Vladik Shibanov is gone as a result of the car accident happend on October 20 / 2009 . It's a big tragedy for Vlad's family and Vlad's friends . He was born in Alushta town , where he spent his childhood . Vladik very loved his town with its nature . He loved the mountains and the Black Sea . This blog has been created by me for Vlad's memory . There will be a birthday of Vladik Shibanov on December 29 and i am going to create my last film in memory of our friend with the name "Vladik Shibanov's years of life" ....
OCTOBER 20, 2009 - More details have emerged surrounding the untimely death of our friend, Vladik Shibanov. In the late hours of October 20, 2009, Vladik and a group of school friends met for a late night get together. Around 10:50pm local time, Vladik and a school friend identified only as a "champion go-cart racer" from Alushta broke away from the group to head home. Vladik, being the generous kid he was, offered a ride to his friend in his new car - a black 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander purchased in September of this year. Vlad loved his new car and was proud to show it off (pictured left). Vlad also loved speed. As the rain poured down, and visibility decreased because of fog, Vlad's speed increased. The vehicle's tires, designed for sparse recreational use only, already worn down from the rough Crimean terrain were to be replaced a week prior. What little tread was left was not enough to keep Vlad on the road at the speed he was travelling. Vlad lost control, hitting a concrete divider. He died instantly. MVD officials say speed, weather and poor tires were the ultimate cause of the accident. Alcohol was not a factor. In a cruel twist of fate, his friend never lost consciousness during the entire ordeal. As emergency personnel worked for nearly an hour to cut Vlad from the car, his friend not only suffered from physical pain but the pain of seeing Vlad laying beside him. Vlad's friend remains in critical but stable condition suffering from spinal, chest and head injuries. He is expected to pull through. Born into a humbled home, Vladik's circle of friends included the rich and elite of Crimea. But he never accepted handouts from his wealthy friends. Vlad carried his weight, and while his mates got weekly allowances from their parents, Vlad worked hard to keep up a lifestyle he so adored. Vlad leaves behind Mummy, Daddy and his baby Sister. He also leaves behind thousands of friends all over the world. As his family and friends prepare for a private burial on Saturday October 24, Vlad's extended family and friends around the world begin 40 days of mourning in honor of the boy many of them haven't met. Clearly evident is Vlad's popularity from the comments posted here. What is it that touched your heart and obliged you to comment here? Please follow our blog and sign the Book of Condolence
RIP VLADIK SHIBANOV
He was beautiful, intelligent, outgoing and free and knew it. Wise way beyond his years, he knew how to take advantage of it. He helped support his family and eventually saved enough to buy a car. He loved his car and went everywhere in it and was proud to show it off. This was not a handout or a gift from his parents. This was a car he bought and earned. And for once, his friends were jealous of him. Vad had a girl friend, as strong and free as he. Like an old married couple, they fought all the time. But like an old married couple, they were soul mates. Vlad knew he could be with no one else. They were to grow old together and make beautiful children Vlad loved to travel. He loved adventures. He loved being a tour guide and showing people around Alushta. But Vlad thought of his friends too much. He would always rush to meet up with them. He loved life and feeling invincible - like most 18-year-olds. Vlad was an adult, with adult responsibilities, but still very much a kid.