The accident happened on their 31st anniversary. He was driving alone and apparently lost control of the car, hit the guard rail head on, and skewered himself. The courts agreed that the small change made by the manufacturer in the design of the guard rail played a role in the fatality. She kept his long term depression and previous suicide attempt to herself. No way would she accept the blame for this. If he couldn’t deal with their life together after kids, she certainly wouldn’t let it stop her from moving forward with her life, and the settlement was only fair if a little on the low side. Still, she’d learn to make do. He wasn’t much of a provider in life, so why would that be any different in death?