A couple of months ago a family of five was killed in a car accident near my house (I wrote about it in this post, Everyone’s a Bad Driver). Since then people have put teddy bears, flowers, and five white crosses in the median where they died.
More and more I’ve been avoiding that intersection. The shrine spooks me a little bit and makes me slightly paranoid, but this spot was already one of the most dangerous intersections in the country for about ten years now. There are no blind curves or anything like that, I don’t understand why so many people pass red lights there, but they do.
I also cringe now when going through a green light and take a look at the cross street to see if something’s coming, even though their light is red. I’m not sure if it helps all the time because I’m going so fast and they would be going so fast… I’d just know I’m about to die, maybe.
Yesterday but at a different intersection, this exact thing happened to Blane Jr. He was going through a green light, someone passed a red light and slammed right into him.
Those white things hanging from the car’s ceiling are the side curtain airbags. They saved his life. The police and firemen on the scene could not believe he was walking around and wasn’t hurt. He did get a bit of broken glass in one of his arms. It looks like he has buckshot in it. His side is a little sore, but he got xrays and he’s fine.
I asked him if he saw it coming, if he had looked as I have been doing lately since that bad accident by the house. He said he did.
I asked him if his life flashed before his eyes, if he thought he was going to die. He said, “No, I just said to myself, This is gonna hurt.”
It did, he said it felt like someone had kicked him in the side. His car didn’t flip, instead it spun around in about three circles. That too saved his life or from serious injuries.
From this angle maybe you can see how far that vehicle went into his side of the car. He said he did lean over to the right when he realized he was about to get slammed. He tightened up all his muscles as well, he had just seen something about how it was better to do that if you’re about to get into a wreck. I always heard it was better to be placid like a rag doll, but maybe that is if you are thrown from a car.
The SUV that hit him?
Didn’t do too well either and the guy wasn’t hurt. He kept telling Blane, “Dude, I’m sorry, Dude.”
I said a little prayer after this was all over, one for everyone being safe from the hurricane and another for sparing my son’s life today. Then I thought maybe this isn’t God’s department, that maybe the angels do this sort of work, so I thanked them. I sent good energy waves to the engineers who designed air bags.
Whatever it is, I am grateful today.
In other news, my mom is out of the hospital. Her city is still without electricity and the hospital is on emergency generator power, so they can’t do any more tests right now. I offered to drive down there and go get her but she refused. I don’t like the idea of her being sick like that and not having lights or air conditioning. Still, I can’t force her to leave home.
She did get some wind damage to her house, a small section of the roof blew off and it rained in one of the rooms. My brother and a cousin put a tarp or something on it for now. They’re still getting a lot of rain. No flooding near her house, though.
I’m having a hard time getting through to mobile phones there. I guess all the circuits are overloaded. Also, a lot of people are without power and can’t charge their phones. If they don’t have a land line with a corded phone, they’re out of luck.