Lauterborn was stunned to receive the news and, at first, did not recall the photo. But then sifting through the couple dozen photos he shot, he stumbled upon it and that day's interaction rushed back to him. Lauterborn shared the photo and received a link to the news story about Eugene's passing in return. Apparently, the young unlicensed driver of a Dodge pickup struck a Honda CRV and Eugene's BMW on the evening of Saturday, April 12th as the cars neared the intersection of Veterans Highway and Ocean Avenue in Ronkonkoma, NY. Eugene was killed outright. The following day, friends and family gathered at the scene (that's Natalka in the light blue writing on a message board) to establish a makeshift memorial and pay tribute. The mood was one of shock and disbelief about what had occurred and that a young life had been so suddenly taken. Certainly, Lauterborn was stunned, having had this brief moment with the lad and his friends.