Saturday, June 29, 2013

Driven by Distraction


After my accident, I  said to myself, "I am not mad at you, but I am disappointed in you." I felt scared, sad and ashamed. I don't even like to think about it, much less talk about it, but I want to tell my story if it will keep even one person from making the same stupid mistake.

I wasn't really driving. I was parking our 2010 Subaru Forester outside my grandson's house. I should have put the car in "Park" and had the key in hand before I reached for a book on the floor of the passenger side. 

Then I noticed that the car was still inching forward. When I saw that the curbside mailbox was about to shear off the side mirror, I stepped on the brake. Only it wasn't the brake. The car shot forward, demolishing the mailbox, crashing through a 5-foot-tall magnolia, climbing the front steps of the house next door and coming to rest in the foyer.

The house has been vacant over a year. If there was ever a silver lining in the cloud of foreclosure, this has to be it.  The former owner used to run a daycare center in this house.


The accident happened on June 17th. The front axle is broken.  The hood and front doors got scratched and dented, and I got a scratch on my wrist. The body shop said 20 days, but I don't know if that's calendar days or business days. 


9 comments:

Charley Horse said...

I was tempted to make a lame joke, such as, "Couldn't you have just knocked on the door?" but I won't. This must have been very distressing. A friend of mine was driving down our road when she bent to pick up something that had fallen to the floor. She drove her car into a tree, totalling it and nearly totalling herself. A good lesson to us all!

Lena said...

Oh my goodness. As you said, thank God the house was not occupied.

We all do those things, I know I have. And I am going to try to pay more attention and not take those chances as you have showed us that the consequences can be quite serious.

I am so glad you were not hurt. thank you for this reminder!

Nancy Chisum said...

I am so glad you are okay and the house empty. It could happen to anyone but I am sorry it happened at all! Take care!

the sandwich life said...

oh man....you poor thing! I'm so glad you're o.k. and nobody was hurt.... I am not mad OR disappointed in you!!! Love, C

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Psterino said...

Hah! 'Kultziness' -I get it. First thought was OMG, second was, thank god no one was badly hurt, and third was, we are all flawed. I will take your lesson to heart, and share it with my friends, while telling them what an intelligent and caring person you are. I hope your wrist is healing well.

it's margaret said...

shhheeeeeeez. Glad you are okay!

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