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Our friend Tinkerbell has passed on.

By Tinkerbell

I am Suzi's friend CorvairJim. It feels odd for me to be writing a blog on someone else's page, but I felt this to be the surest way for this sad news to reach all of Tinkerbell's friends. Suzi's mother gave me her password and asked me to realy this sad news.

One of the hardest things anyone can ever do is to tell one's friends about the passing of another, but sometimes it has to be done. I found out a couple of days ago from her mother that our good friend Suzi Bell, our beloved "Tinkerbell" or "Tink" was killed in a car crash on her way to show her pride and joy, her black Corvette convertible, in her first-ever show in Conshohocken, PA, on the morning of Saturday, June 5th. She was so excited about showing her car, and she sent me a message the day before about she had taken two days off of work just to detail the car to make sure it was perfect. While exiting a local expressway going to the show, the driver of a tractor-trailer apparently didn't see her car on his right when he realized that he was passing his exit. He veered suddenly to the right, physically pushing Suzi's car onto the shoulder of the highway, where it collided with a disabled car parked there at nearly 60 MPH, according to Police estimates.

Suzi was a fine young lady with a real zest for life. she really enjoyed her cars, and every car she ever owned (after the first one, which was a hand-me-down Toyota Camry her mother gave her) was a 2-seat convertible with a manual transmission. Her love for cars stemmed from her father's 1967 Corvette Roadster, which was integral in many of her fondest childhood memories. Her nickname was given to her by a friend of her father's. He thought "Tinkerbell" would be appropriate for a pixieish little girl with long blonde hair and the last name of Bell who wanted more than anything to "tinker" with her dad's car! Tink graduated from Villanova University three years ago and went to work immediately as a paralegal with a law firm she had interned with while in school. She moonlighted as a model, and had done advertising photo shoots for such high-profile companies as Victoria's Secret and Venus Swimwear (which was how a 25 year old paralegal could afford a condo on the Main Line and a Corvette!). Even with a background like that, Suzi was very much the "girl next door", never seeing herself as being above anyone else, as all her Motortopia friends will attest. I first met Suzi when she walked up to me at a gas station where I was filling my '66 Corvair. She wasn't familiar with Corvairs and she was curious about it. We ended up talking for over half an hour, and I invited her to join Motortopia so she could learn more about cars in general. She joined that evening.

Suzi was a Christian, and dearly loved her Lord. I know that she is up in Heaven with Jesus right now, resting in the palm of His hand. Her mom asked me to inform her friends about her passing, and I'd like to ask you all to share your thoughts and memories of our friend as comments on this blog posting.

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HotRod_Achieva’s Profile Photo
Aug 22, 2010 at 12:29 am
Shes so beautiful and young why do the good one have to be takin away from us. RIP tink make sure you tear up heaven in your little black corvette.
BifferSoul’s Profile Photo
Jul 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm
OMG! I am so SORRY to hear of this tragedy. My prayers go out to her family and to all her friends.
RIP Dear Suzi.
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Jul 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm
I was so sorry to read this. I only knew her through this site, but could tell she loved classic cars and that made her a friend of mine.Such a sad and senseless way to die. She'll be missed for sure. I loved her "handle" of Tinkerbell, because it made her sound like a fun person and someone I'd liked to have met in person. Thanks for telling us, Jim and God bless Tink and all of my other friends on here.
ElCaminoKid’s Profile Photo
Jun 28, 2010 at 6:47 pm
I'm so sorry to hear about this tragedy. My prayers go out to her family and everybody that was close to her.
corvairramp’s Profile Photo
Jun 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm
Sorry, to hear that tragedy,
Suzi was so young and will be missed by all of us.
classicfirebird1979’s Profile Photo
Jun 21, 2010 at 10:35 pm
This is very sad news, tinkerbell was one of my daughter's (Amanda_Camaro) friends here on motortopia. It made me think of what it would be like to lose her. My prayers are with the family, David.
ProphetOfZoom’s Profile Photo
Jun 19, 2010 at 11:07 am
I'm just about old enough to have been Tink's dad, but she seemed like a friend to me. Her enthusiasm for Corvettes and convertibles in general seemed a lot like mine for Mopars. I'm sorry to hear this sad news, and my heart goes out to her family and friends.
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Jun 19, 2010 at 10:43 am
I can't believe this. This isn't supposed to happen to someone like Suzi.She was a very special person - and my "Twin Sister", since we were born on the same day in the same hospital! We didn't find that out until we met here on Motortopia, of course, since we were raised in different communities, but ever since I found out on our birthday a couple of months ago I've felt a special connection to her.
Suzi was the sort of person I aspire to be. Intelligent, self-assured, humble. She had so much going for her. Many, many great friends, a good education, a great hobby (her love of cars!), a good job, and a side job (her modeling) that she loved. I think I can speak for all her friends in saying she will be missed terribly.
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Jun 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm
I'm so sorry to hear about this, just terrible news. My condolences to all her family and friends. I am truly speechless frown image
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Jun 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm
I can't believe such a vibrant person is gone! Her joy came through in every message she sent me. Her enthusiasm for her cars and her modeling job (and "Working on my tan" - we all know about that!) were evident. She was so well-spoken, clearly well-educated, and it doesn't surprise she graduated from a great school like Villanova. My heart goes out to her mother. From what Suzi had been telling me recently, they were very close after her father passed. Eric and I will be keeping them in our prayers, and her best friend Meg, too.
Kate & Eric

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