- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 15, 2002

At 54, Ann Williams got a second chance at happiness. She had beaten breast cancer, fallen in love again, planned a May wedding. She and her fiance were supposed to sample wedding cakes last Wednesday evening.
But Miss Williams died Wednesday morning on Route 50 near Bowie when a tire on a large rig blew out and the van went out of control, landing on her Toyota Avalon and killing her instantly.
"I can still feel her kiss right now," said Paul Boran, Miss Williams' fiance. "My life has been shattered."
Mr. Boran and Miss Williams, both divorcees, met through the dating service Web site Match.com, and realized they lived around the corner from each other in a town house development in the Kingstown area of Alexandria.
"We had so much going for us," said Mr. Boran, 60, who had been dating Miss Williams for about 14 months. "We had a lot of happiness ahead of us, and now all of that has been snuffed out."
Miss Williams had an adventurous spirit, Mr. Boran recalled. "She loved to ride on the back of my Harley and drive at midnight in my Mustang convertible with the top down.
"She had beaten breast cancer," added Mr. Boran, a 27-year veteran of the Naval Research Laboratory in the District.
Miss Williams ran the membership services department of the American Health Care Association, an organization that represents state-based long- term health care groups.
On the morning of the crash, Miss Williams was returning from Arnold, Md., where her daughter, Sarah McCleane, 29, had performed in a chorale. Her daughter and son-in-law, Gray McCleane, 29, have two children, 7-year-old Connor and 2-year-old Anna.
"She was very special to a lot of people," Mr. Boran said.
Two other persons also died in Wednesday's wreck: Toi Tran, 45, and his wife, Xuan, 37. The Arnold, Md., couple left behind three young children Christina, 12, Crystal, 9, and Christopher, 8.
"They were hard-working and very family-oriented," said Mike Conway, the Trans' neighbor.
Mr. Conway was traveling on Route 50 when the accident occurred and took an alternate route to avoid the snarled traffic. He learned later that two of the victims were his neighbors.
The couple lived in a quiet neighborhood off College Parkway in Arnold near the Severn River. They were a five-minute drive from the restaurant they owned and operated.
Mrs. Tran owned Saigon Palace, a small Vietnamese establishment in an Annapolis shopping center. While she was the chief cook at the restaurant, Mr. Tran helped to manage it and served as host.
"They were well-liked by their patrons" and were "good neighbors," said Millie Grube, who works at a laundromat next door to Saigon Palace.
"We're still shocked," added Byron Alsop, the laundromat's owner. "They always put out a nice meal."
A spontaneous memorial to Mr. and Mrs. Tran flower bouquets and a soccer ball, in honor of their oldest daughter has been placed on the doorstep of the Saigon Palace. A sign in front reads, "Restaurant Closed Due to the Deaths."

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