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Saturday, May 10, 2008

On Our Quiet Little Street

So, last night after we got the kids to bed, Steve and I sat down to watch a movie. We just got through the previews and to the beginning of them movie when I heard this loud plastic bang/crunch sound. I didn't know what it was, but it sounded big. My immediate reaction was to say, "What was THAT?" and I went upstairs to check things out. My first instinct was to look out our side door, thinking maybe our trash cans mysteriously were knocked over, when to my shock, I saw a car flipped over on our street. I couldn't believe it. I yelled for Steve to come and told him what happened, grabbed the phone and we ran out to see what we could do to help. I called 911 (the first time I've ever had to call) and forgot my own phone number because I was so flustered.. :-S Luckily, the operator was very patient. There were police cars, a firetruck and an ambulance on our street in a matter of minutes. Steve managed to get in the car with the guy and was trying to help him get out - he was hanging upside down by his seatbelt (lucky for him) - and trying to see if he was hurt - it took a few police officers to get him out of there, but mostly because he was so stunned.
Well, also for another reason, he was a DUI. So sad. There was a man in a van who was a witness to it and said he almost met him at the intersection, but stopped driving because he was swerving. The guy in the car swerved and turned left through the intersection, then basically drove up the side of two cars and flipped his own. He didn't leave a scratch on either car, but caused about $10K worth damage in one of them because he pushed the tire up and broke an essential part of the vehicle (as you can tell, I'm SO mechanical). What's sad is that person's car was a parent visiting her child who just moved into the aparment of the house next door. Poor thing started worrying about the neighborhood at that point - the whole DUI thing (and us not being to reassuring that it's not a problem in this area..). We sat out there talking to them for like an hour (it was cold!) and got to watch the tow truck flip the car back over, which was really interesting (Steve LOVED that part).
So, that's my exciting Friday night. :) My street really is VERY quiet, and it is actually a pretty good neighborhood, and I was shocked that something like this did or even COULD happen. But it did, and I'll never forget it.


Sarah said...

Whoa! What a night! I'm glad no one was hurt.

Emily said...

That is crazy! I'm glad no one was hurt too. Still, that is crazy!