Monday, May 8, 2017

Damned Accidents

Here is our next installation of Truth or Fiction, again we have three situations but this week two are true and only one is False, tell me which one you believe is totally made up because truthfully one is completely False.

Car wrecks and driving mishaps we have all had, and needless to say there is a lot I can tell you on this subject.

The first one I remember happened when I was about four years old, my Mom was pregnant with the older of my two sisters, and what I remember was sitting in the back seat when all of a sudden there was a loud crash and glass was flying everywhere.

Then we were standing in the dark along side of the road, the top of the car was crunched and the windows were broken out, next we were at a hospital, I was sitting next to Mom and she was holding my little brother Norm, she had cuts and scratches on her arms and someone was saying "all that glass put his eyes out" there were a pair of mens dress shoes sitting on the floor in front of us and I remember looking at the glass inside of them.

That's the memories I have of what happened over fifty three years ago, from the stories I’ve heard since then, we were at a family event and were on our way home late at night, the car was full of relatives and while passing through the mountains a deer jumped off the mountain and landed on the roof of the car, possibly being chased by hunters is but one of the many guesses.

All I know for sure is that a large deer landed on our car, all the glass did blind a friend of the family who was in the front seat, and when Sissy was born she had little marks on her face that looked like she had been cut, Mom said the crash had marked Sissy, and if you look close those marks are still there.

Sissy never was a good driver, just ask anybody, anybody but Sissy that is. Do you remember the My Buddy dolls? She had bought one for her son and laid this doll on top of her car while unloading groceries from the cart, needless to say she forgot the doll and scared most of the people in the Winn-Dixie parking lot as she drove away with the doll still on the roof.

She always worked third shift at the mill, and she never was a slow driver, one morning after taking on a twelve hour shift she was hurrying home for some much needed rest, I don't think there is a straight road where we grew up, and a sleepy person vs. a curvy road doesn't always work.

Sissy was about halfway home when she dozed off entering a curve on Highway 178, a car coming the other direction laid down on the horn and slid off the road, Sissy woke up and regained control of the car, but while looking in the mirror she went off the other side, the road had straightened out but she didn't.

She plowed straight through a row of mailboxes, without completely stopping she got back onto the pavement while it was still raining mailboxes behind her, she made a run for her house never realizing the car she had nearly hit was now turning around and was in pursuit.

She pulled into her driveway and went inside, just as she closed the door a Pickens County Sheriff's deputy pulled into her yard right behind her car, "what the hell is wrong with you!" he said as she opened the door.

You just ran me off the road and took out a row of mailboxes over on 178, I just got home from work, what makes you think I did anything wrong? He pointed to her car at the mailbox sticking out of her grill.

This was a costly mistake for Sis, I never did get the exact list of tickets he wrote her, but I know that she lost several points from her license, and was on the “payment plan” with the county for quite a while, when asked about it now she says “never lie to the police, and don't drive when you are sleepy.”

When the kids were teenagers Tim had gotten into a minor accident that was his fault, the judge gave him the option of taking a defensive driving class and having his ticket dismissed, or paying the ticket and losing points on his license, he chose defensive driving.

The evening before the class Cindy said she would drive Tim out to the college and show him where he was supposed to go, our soon to be daughter in law Elisa went along for the ride.

The speed limit on Norris street is forty five mph, and approaching the intersection where she was supposed to turn, Cindy saw two police cars with their overhead lights flashing behind a car that had been pulled over on the opposite side of the road.

Cindy said it was like all hell broke loose just as she got even with the police cars, the next thing she recalled was the smell of sulfur and everything looking weird, she couldn't feel her legs and three airbags had deployed, Tim was screaming "Mom are you Ok!" while he and Elisa were climbing out of the van.

One of the local County Commissioners had stopped in the road and was talking to one of the officers, they say Cindy hit the back of his Lincoln at about forty five mph, she never saw his car, Elisa said she saw it just as it appeared in the headlights and his lights were not on, of course he said otherwise and Cindy couldn't prove anything because his taillights were now gone.

Cindy was ticketed with "driving too fast for conditions" even though she was driving the speed limit and "failure to yield right of way" the commissioner was not injured but Cindy had injuries to both legs, the paramedics had to wait while the officer wrote her tickets before placing her in the ambulance, Tim walked up, leaned on the officers shoulder and said "It'll probably be alright if I just wait for Mom before I take my defensive driving class"

The same judge Tim saw threw out both of Cindy's tickets, said Cindy had been through enough, our insurance did have to fix both vehicles and we still think the commissioner had no business there in the first place.

Now this week two of the situations are true and one is completely made up, let me know which one you think is False, everyone who picks the false situation will be added to the True Winners section.

1- The Deer Hits The Car
2- Sissy Hits The Mailboxes
3- Cindy Hits The Commissioner

When was your first car accident?

36 comments:

  1. I'll guess #3. Just because. It seems the logical choice.

    I have retired from driving. The most I ever did was kiss a telephone pole while trying to park. It did not mark my car. I never had any tickets either - something inside me told me to lift my lead foot, just before I saw the law.

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    1. Sounds like you had a really good run with your driving experiences, not many people can say that.

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  2. I also think it's #3, although I don't think I'm very good at this.

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    1. Hey Stephen, you did make the list last week, I'm not sure being good has anything to do with it, because you know as well as I Truth is stranger than fiction.

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  3. I've been in a car when a deer jumped out of a hill and grazed the roof, so not #1. #3 has too many details to be made up. #2 sounds like a sit-com. I suspect it is possible, but I vote #2 the fake.

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    1. Hey Joe, you make a pretty good argument there sir, you almost have me convinced.

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  4. I'm going with #1 being the fake one because I don't think a kid that age would remember so many details.

    I don't remember ever being in a car accident. Someone hit my car when it was parked but that doesn't count and I once got my back bumper caught on a light pole so I couldn't move.

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    1. Hi Jean, you are right it doesn't count if your car was in an accident without you, that would be the type I would want to be involved in.

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  5. I'm going with #1 because the marks on Sissy's face seems far-fetched to me! Plus, I've been hit by deer a few times and they generally only jump over fences, not make flying leaps.

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    1. Hi Bijoux, I had a niece who was hit in the drivers door by a deer, she claims that she saw deer in the road and stopped because she didn't want to hit them, this is when one hit her in the door....this is the story she told her Mom anyways.

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    2. Oh, I totally buy that story! Deer are so dumb, that is exactly what would happen!

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    3. What makes it even more funny is this type of thing always happens to this niece.

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  6. I'll go with #1 because I don't believe an unborn child would sustain permanent markings related to a car crash. Also, that is pretty detailed memory for a little kid.

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    1. Hi Delores, seems a few are thinking it out this same way, I'll let you know for sure on Wednesday.

      Good to see you.

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  7. Sadly I have no idea, but it was a interesting post!

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    1. Hi Joey, Thank you I am happy you found it interesting, if you want go with your gut and give us a guess on which you think.

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  8. I was kind of believing #1 since I do remember being 4 years old but the marks on the unborn child made me think it is the false one.

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    1. Hey Patti, everyone is thinking each situation through, I'll let you know on Wed.

      Glad to see you again my friend.

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  9. I think it's #2, but what do I know?

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    1. Hi Fran, short, sweet, and to the point #2 for you then ;)

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  10. Ugh, I wish they were all false, but I'll go with #1 because I've not known of a deer jumping off a mountain, but who knows?

    My only real car accident was getting hit by one while on my bicycle. I got a new wheel and front fork out of it and some flirtatious banter with a bicycle mechanic. So worth the couple bruises!

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    1. Hey Abby, the apple don't fall far from the tree, Chaco taking after you?

      Must have been a good looking mechanic if the bruises were worth it.

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  11. I think Cindy hits the Commissioner is the false one. I can't see any paramedics waiting around while tickets get written up.
    My first accident? I don't drive a car, but I did ride a motorbike, a small one. This happened at a five-way intersection. I'd looked four ways as I was used to doing then took off slowly, completely forgetting about the fifth road where a car was also taking off slowly. We collided and I somersaulted across the bonnet (hood) of his car and for years after remembered it clearly every time I looked at my helmet and saw the streak of green paint I'd collected. I wasn't hurt, but the bike needed a bit of straightening out.
    My brother fell asleep on his motorbike, he was almost home after a long trip, when he dozed off and never woke up.

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    1. Hi River, people are less likely to be watching out for or seeing motorbikes and motorcycles, I rode a motorcycle for a number of years and had close calls but luckily never was in an accident.

      Your accident was very serious and could have ended badly, you were very lucky as you already know, that helmet was a great reminder, I am so sorry about what happened to your brother, there have been many good people lost in just this way.

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  12. Ye gods, Jimmy, what are you doing to my brain. I spent half an hour reading and reading the three and in the end I decided on No.1.

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    1. Good morning Valerie, I am so happy to have you here, and sorry to have made you work so hard, maybe we could have you or one of the other readers write a Truth or Fiction challenge we could post as a guest spot and give me some paybacks. What do you think?

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    2. Not me, Jimmy, my brain isn't functioning well enough these days. No, I will just continue working on and enjoying those mysteries you present.

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    3. Thank you Valerie, I appreciate you my dear friend.

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  13. A friend of mine had a deer run into her car as she was driving through the preserve. The head went right through the window and was stuck there right in her face. Scared the bejesus out of her. Not sure how they got it out.

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    1. Wow I bet that was something else, had to be running pretty fast I would think.

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  14. Only one wreak way back when shortly after high school. No one was hurt.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Hi Dora, that's always a good thing when no one is injured.

      Good to see you.

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  15. First off, I haven't read your second installment yet. So I'm guessing No. 1 is fiction. There's no way a baby in the womb would get injuries like you described.

    My first accident was a deer, too. It ran right into my car.

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    1. I think there have been a lot of deer involved in accidents, we all at least know someone who was hit by a deer.

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  16. One time a deer jumped over my car, so I believe that one. The mailbox sounds pretty believable as well. I'm not so sure about #3, so that is my choice!
    Either way, it's a great story!

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    1. Hi Pat, it is amazing how the deer can jump, and how many different types of situations people have been in with them.

      Thank you Pat it's good to see you.

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