Friday, April 2, 2010

Scary Seconds

This afternoon, on my way home, I witnessed an accident. It was a very scary happening.

I was stopped on a two-lane road waiting to make a left turn (yes, I did have my blinker on - this is a tricky intersection and I clearly remember making the conscious decision to turn on my left blinker).

I glance at my rear view mirror and see a Nissan SUV hauling butt. The car is going so fast that for a split second my heart skips a beat because I was positive my car was going to be rear ended. While I am trying to wake up my reflexes and figure out if I should keep straight and not turn, I realize the SUV goes off the shoulder and around me - dirt everywhere.

SUV manages to get back on the road in front of me but then looses control and rolls about 3 times down the middle of the road (literally on the yellow line). The side hits, the top hits, the other side hits, and on and on. Meanwhile I stay stopped (with my blinker on) and I watch. Finally the SUV rolls off the road onto the shoulder/ditch.

Time stood still - nobody moved. No doors opened, no cars moved. Maybe 5 seconds went by, or maybe 5 minutes - I don't know. After however long had passed, I called 911.

"Hello, I just witnessed a car accident"
"Are you ok?"
"Yes, I am ok"
"Are others injured?"
at that point I notice that not only has the Nissan manage to wreck itself, there is a bright orange Camaro that is also wrecked.

We wrap up the call (crazy thing? there is no record on my cell phone register of my calling 911... weird, uh?) and then I get out of my car and walk over to the orange Camaro. The driver was a middle aged woman who wasn't hurt. She was crying, trying to call someone. As I'm keeping her company she shares that she had only been driving her car for 1 month - she had it custom ordered and waited on it for 8 months... I don't like Camaros, but this car really was pretty. It was bright orange with a black stripe. The interior was all orange and black leather - super fancy.

Across the street is the Nissan SUV - a young boy (maybe 18?) has gotten out of it and is holding his arm. This is the scene:

Might have to enlarge the picture to notice, but a flat of bottled water is all busted. He's managed to flatten the street post (yellow sign on the ground)

Boy wasn't hurt - well, he was hurt a little bit - but he could've been dead.

I hang around and give the cop my report. I was still a little nervous from having seen all this to the point were I was having a hard time writing my report. Is "stopped" with 1 "p" or 2 "p"s? Is it "rearview mirror" or is it "rear view mirror"? I couldn't concentrate.

Then I had a thought - we all have seen those funny website and those funny emails with police reports that are hilarious - they don't make sense, they have grammatical errors, information reads silly out of context. Well, now I know why those reports are the way they are - I can understand those witnesses (they are still funny though! I hope my grammatically incorrect report never makes it to the internet...)

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