My awesome niece, only 17 years old, was involved in a car wreck over the weekend. Was it her fault? No! She was on her way to take part in a choir competition, minding her own business and excited about the day ahead. That was when a drunk driver pulled right out in front of her. While hitting the brakes, she plowed into him at 40 mph. She heard the metal crunch and glass shatter as the front of the van she was a driving folding in on itself, like an accordion. At the same time, she saw the Jeep Cherokee she had just hit, roll twice in front of her and come to a stop.
Luckily, she and the driver of the other car were able to walk away from the wreck and her dad was able to get to the scene quickly. The police asked the driver, who couldn’t seem to find his driver’s license, to walk a straight line. The man walked only five steps before he fell over. Needless to say, after the police had finished their questioning, the man was arrested.
This was a Saturday afternoon, only 2 o’clock and he was already drunk. For me personally, I don’t quite know what to think about this. There is a part of me that wished I could’ve been there, went up to him yelling and asked if he knew he could have killed my niece. Another part of me feels like life is probably not going well for him and wants to get him the help he needs. Either way, it’s heartbreaking.
This is a story where everyone survived to live another day. As you know, this doesn’t always happen in drunk driving accidents. Every day, people decide to drink and get behind the wheel, and because of this thousands die each year. Fortunately, drunk driving accidents can be prevented! You can’t control whether a drunk driver causes a wreck which involves you. However, you can control whether you are the drunk driver causing the accident involving the lives of others.
Please don’t drink and drive! You are awesome too!