27-year-old Ryan Minett was known to his friends and family as a caring man who always tried to do what was right. When he died on Saturday, March 24, he did so trying to save other’s lives. For less than two months, he’d been dating 28-year-old Jessica Ann Royall. On the day he died, Royall got drunk and climbed into her car, heading to pick up her children.
Ryan refused to let her go, and he climbed on the top of the car, gripping the luggage rack as he desperately tried to get her to stop. Unfortunately, she refused to halt, and Ryan eventually was thrown from the moving vehicle. He rolled 53 feet, before coming to a stop as he struck a light post. His death came as the result of blunt force trauma to his head, torso, and extremities. The Coroner declared his death a homicide, and Royall has been charged.
When Ryan’s family heard that he was eligible to donate his organs, they knew it was something he would have done without a second thought. Particularly when they remembered that his best friend and neighbor, Andrew Dietz, was suffering from a rare disease called FSGS and was in desperate need of a kidney. Amazingly, Ryan was a perfect match and they were able to donate to him. Ryan’s death is not in vain, and some part of him will now live on in Dietz forever.
This is a horrible story, and we know that sometimes we need a reminder of the good in the world after a horrible time like this, so be sure to check out the video below!