Monday, October 12, 2009

Wow, craziness

As you know, I haven't written in a while because I've been incredibly busy with work and coaching cheerleading....and also because I've been horribly mad at God.

Well, this weekend was a wake-up call. We were in Philly for our niece's 5th birthday party & we left her house a little before 9. We were sitting at a red light. We heard a huge crack like a bomb went off & I looked up at G & I screamed because I saw the car beside us hit into G's side of the car. We immediately heard ppl saying to call 911 (I hadn't yet realized the extent of what had happened), so G & I stayed in the car to call 911 & then got out. We saw about 7 cars involved. A truck had flipped and a guy was partially pinned under it. And there was a small red car that had been very badly mangled. We didn't know what to do (G can't stand the sight of blood and I was too shaken up to do anything but stand there and shake). They got the guy out from under the truck and realized that he was majorly drunk, hadn't been wearing his seatbelt & there was a big hole in his windshield where his head had hit it. Apparently, he clipped a car that was in our lane, but back a ways. Instead of putting on his brakes, he gunned it and plowed right into the red car (the mangled one), and then hit into the other red car, which ran into us. When they asked him if he had been drinking, he stumbled around and said "just a little."

But this story just keeps getting better. People noticed a carseat in the back of the drunk man's truck, so they immediately began asking him if he had a baby with him. He said he had an 11 month old, but it was no where to be found. Finally, they got it out of him that he didn't have the baby with him. He had left him/her at home.....ALONE. In this case, I think bad parenting saved that child's life because the car seat wasn't installed properly and was hanging out of the window. That baby would have been dead.

We ended up staying at the scene until after 11PM. They had to tow my car, but they couldn't call the tow service in right away because they had CSI ppl there taking a million pictures and using spray paint to mark exactly where everything was in case the passenger in the car dies & the drunken idiot gets pressed with vehicular manslaughter (as he should).

Luckily, G's parents had left the party just before us & were headed down to the shore, so we called them right away & they came to wait with us & then took us to the shore with them for the night. We drove back (in their car) today and will borrow it until we figure out what is going on.

Here is the news story associated w/ our accident:
http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/courier_times/courier_times_news_details/article/28/2009/october/11/multi-vehicle-crash-on-route-1-baby-found-home-alone.html

Thanks for your prayers...this was definitely a wake-up call to us...we KNOW someone is watching out for us























the drunkard's truck (look closely out the window & you can see the car seat)













this is the drunkard's truck again to see how close it was to our car










this is the the damage that the truck did to the car that hit us











and this is the car that got the worst of it - we're not sure if the passenger survived...













11 comments:

Ter said...

I just burst out crying reading this post. I'm so glad you're okay and that the baby was ok too. I hope everyone else is okay too. I think that guy should have to go to jail for the rest of his life. If you attempt to murder someone, you go to jail for attempted murder. How is this any different?

I'm so glad you're okay.

Nichole said...

Wow Teri - How scary! I am so glad you are ok!

A said...

Wow. Teri I'm so glad to hear you're okay! Wow, I'm speechless.

Erica @ on the move said...

Wow. No joke about a wake up call. Thank God you got out of that one unharmed. I can only hope & pray for the best possible outcome for the others involved.

Stockpiling Mom said...

How terrible! I am glad you and everyone else involved is ok. Hugs to you!

Amy said...

Wow. I have chills just reading that post. I am so glad you are ok!

Kate said...

I'm so glad you guys are okay!!

Bec said...

OH MY GOODNESS! I am so glad you are okay!

Erin said...

wow..that is amazing. i am so glad you 2 (and that baby) are ok.

Candi said...

Teri, I can imagine how frightening this was. I was in a wreck where I was at fault (unless you fault the dogs on the freeway that I tried to miss hitting) and the only one involved and that shook me up enough. I can imagine this was a horrible thing for you. So glad that you and G were not hurt.

Piccinigirl said...

Oh Teri, I am just glad you are ok. Those pictures made me want to cry. THANK GOD you are both ok.