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A Tale I'd Rather Not Be Telling

It was 1:30 A.M. and I'd been roused from my sleep by the need for a late-night snack when I heard what I first took to be thunder. One huge boom! But there was no more after that and I realized what I had heard was a car crash.

Looking out my window I saw my car and my neighbor's car that each night are parked bumper-to-bumper on the side of the street in front of my house. The two cars were still there, but there was also a vehicle stopped parallel to my car with its headlights on.

Grabbing a jacket and pair of shoes, I turned on the front porch light and went out the door. A young man who looked to be in his early-30s was walking toward me, cell phone to his ear, and blood on his forehead, nose and the front of his shirt. My first reaction was to advise him to sit down (the nurse in me), but he ignored that and began apologizing for hitting the cars parked there.

Now I could see what he was talking about. Coming down the other side of the street from the parked cars, he had swerved (he said to miss a branch in the street) and hit the front car, my neighbors, sending it back into and onto my car temporarily.

I followed the young man to his own car because he said his daughter was in the car. He had already summoned the police by this point. His daughter who I would guess to be about 7-years-old was sitting in the back seat in her child safety seat and appeared unharmed physically. She now became my focus of concern because it was chilly outside, she had no jacket on and she was frightened by the accident.

I quickly went indoors and found a cozy blanket to wrap her in. When I went back outside, the police had arrived. I gave the blanket to them for the little girl, then gave them my information after which they dispatched me back into my house.

This morning I made the call to my insurance company to begin what I hope will be an uneventful claim process. The photo here is not my car, but the damage there looks almost exactly the same as my vehicle.

The EMS attended to the driver of the vehicle, but I don't know if he went to the hospital. I believe he remained with his car and his daughter. I am thankful that no one else was injured and hope he recovers soon from his head injury.

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Lillybell wrote on November 8, 2015, 2:50 PM

What a night! I just assume if there's a call or knock at my door after 10pm, it's probably not good news.

Kasman wrote on November 8, 2015, 2:51 PM

Lucky no-one was seriously injured. Good luck with your insurance claim - it's been my experience that insurance companies are only too eager to take your money but not so quick to give it back.

Rufuszen wrote on November 8, 2015, 3:06 PM

What a rude awakening, but glad there were no serious injuries.

MegL wrote on November 8, 2015, 3:34 PM

I'm glad no one appeared to be seriously hurt but you have to wonder just how fast he was travelling and why on earth he had a child out at 1.30am!

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 8, 2015, 4:09 PM

That is neveer a good sound to hear. Glad no one was hurt seriously

Feisty56 wrote on November 8, 2015, 4:20 PM

I am of the same mind as you on that Lillybell .

Feisty56 wrote on November 8, 2015, 4:23 PM

Thanks -- I hope I don't need the good wishes, but time will tell.

WordChazer wrote on November 8, 2015, 4:23 PM

Ugh. Not the way you want to be roused from sleep. Hope everything is resolved soon.

Feisty56 wrote on November 8, 2015, 4:24 PM

Same here, Rufuszen . Makes me want to park on the front lawn from now on though!

Feisty56 wrote on November 8, 2015, 4:26 PM

He said as trying to return his daughter to her mother who hadn't been answering her phone for several hours. That made me wonder if he wasn't driving in anger as why else would you have a child out at that hour of the night? I also found out he just lives down the street from me, so he must have picked up speed lickety-split.

Feisty56 wrote on November 8, 2015, 4:27 PM

I felt as if I had a stone in my stomach as soon as I realized what the sound actually was.

morilla wrote on November 8, 2015, 4:46 PM

Did anyone attempt to find the branch in the road he was supposedly trying to avoid? I would have given serious consideration to photographically documenting and recording everything at that point; particularly given the hour and the fact that he hit parked cars. Years ago, I had my car hit while it was parked. It didn't turn out well and the damage had to be covered by my insurance under the "uninsured driver" provision. In other words, there's always more to the story than appears at first blush. It's not so much feeling callous toward the driver or his daughter; but, making sure you're covered.

VinceSummers wrote on November 8, 2015, 5:41 PM

Recently, about 5 or so miles down he road, we had an SUV accident, in which the driver and two animals burned to death. Now THAT was ever so shocking and incredibly sad. No one should burn to death. A true catastrophe.

Glenn wrote on November 8, 2015, 6:30 PM

What an experience! You are definitely a very kind and considerate person - thinking first of that child and not of your own car being hit. You deserve credit for that.

I assume, since it was in front of your house, that this was a residential side street. Being that the fellow was all bloody indicates that he must have been speeding tremendously. I wonder if he was drunk?

Be sure to post a follow up when you know how your insurance company will be handling it. I look forward to hearing how this saga continues.

LeaPea2417 wrote on November 8, 2015, 10:40 PM

Oh my goodness! I am sorry that happened to your automobile. I am glad no one was injured.

RonElFran wrote on November 9, 2015, 12:08 AM

My wife had an accident on snow this past winter, and it was very traumatic. I can't imagine what the young father feels having had an accident with his daughter in the car.

Paulie wrote on November 9, 2015, 2:33 AM

Wow! What a surprise for a Sunday morning! Sorry to hear about your car and it's good that no one was injured. Can't you park your car in a garage or on your property?

SandraLPetersen wrote on November 9, 2015, 12:33 PM

Thankfully the seven-year-old was not injured. Did you see if there really was a branch in the road that he was trying to miss? I hope the insurance company processes your claim quickly so you have use of a vehicle again.

Lillybell wrote on November 9, 2015, 2:28 PM

That was actually my first thought when I heard the story. Then, I figured he must not have been drunk because they would have noticed the signs. Especially since she is a Nurse. You probably would have smelled the alcohol and noticed his slurred speech.

msiduri wrote on November 9, 2015, 4:16 PM

No fun. Glad the injuries weren't more serious. Glad you showed care to the little girl. Even the smallest kindness can make a big difference.

Now for the battle with the insurance company...

paigea wrote on November 9, 2015, 5:21 PM

Wow! Glad it wasn't any worse than it was. I hope you do have an uneventful claim process

6snowroses.6doves4peace wrote on November 9, 2015, 8:45 PM

Oh, my goodness, Feisty. I hope the driver is all right! I'm sorry about your car and your neighbor's car as well. I don't blame you for not wanting to have to tell this particular tale. But thank God it wasn't more serious!

Feisty56 wrote on November 10, 2015, 11:20 PM

Thanks, WordChazer , that is my hope, too.

Feisty56 wrote on November 10, 2015, 11:24 PM

Ah, morilla , I wish I'd had you whispering in my ear. In my naivete I assumed (I know, bad choice) that the police would handle everything that was needed. I don't know why I wasn't more clear-headed, but nothing can be done about that now. I will hope for the best. : )

Feisty56 wrote on November 10, 2015, 11:25 PM

I think I recall you having written about that accident. That was a tragedy and really unthinkable to me. Mine is an inconvenience only thankfully.

Feisty56 wrote on November 10, 2015, 11:28 PM

Hi Glenn ! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. I don't think he was drunk (and so far the police are saying alcohol wasn't involved) but I suspect he was angry as he had been trying to reach the child's mother for hours, who wasn't answering her phone. He had his daughter out at that hour, trying to take her to her mother.

I will write a follow-up, but I do hope this will be a short saga. : )

Feisty56 wrote on November 10, 2015, 11:30 PM

Hi Lillybell . Actually I didn't get close enough to the driver to have smelled his breath, but he didn't seem intoxicated and the police are saying alcohol wasn't involved. I suspect he was either upset or distracted.

CalmGemini wrote on November 11, 2015, 6:40 AM

I do not have much faith in insurance companies.I hope you don't have to face any problems. Glad that there has been no serious injuries.What a night!

cheri wrote on November 12, 2015, 9:26 PM

This is really shocking but I am also glad that nothing more serious happen.

grandma20121 wrote on November 20, 2015, 4:24 PM

wow thankfully everyone was ok and he was decent enough to come to you and apologize, i hope you have no problems with your claim.

CoralLevang wrote on November 30, 2015, 5:41 AM

What a horrible thing to have happened! But I am so glad to hear that no one was seriously injured. It could certainly have been much worse. I hope that insurance took care of things, and that all is getting back to normal.

I could not help but to ask, when reading this, where was the branch? Was he on his cell phone and that the reason for the crash?