It was about 8 am on January16, 2015, a weekday morning, and I was on my way to keep a doctor appointment;
By chance –
I took a right instead of going straight;
I didn’t even make it to the light at the intersection;
a truck slammed into the front of my car.
by chance –
I had my tote bag and purse on the front passenger seat,
Everything was at my fingertips when the highway patrol asked
for my Driver’s license and proof of auto insurance; I handed
them to him.
By chance –
a young woman had witnessed the accident and provided eyewitness account;
By chance – I had my cell phone within reach inside my handbag, and was able
to text both my son and daughter in law;
By chance they both received my messages immediately and headed for home;
when they found out I was on my way to the hospital in an ambulance, they
followed me there.
By chance? I said to my daughter in law “that man was on a path of destruction; I heard one of the policemen say it was his second DUI in weeks” A lot of children walk to and from the nearby middle school on weekday mornings, a lot of them from Joe Walker school go up and down Ave L8; a lot of mothers drive their children to and from school — to the middle school on L8 or to the Grammar school on 50th, the street I was on L8 preparing to stop at the light.
Better me than someone’s wife or children and their mother on a busy street on a Thursday morning;
By chance–a highway patrol officer was about 3 blocks away checking on someone or something and the local sheriff’s office was just up the street on 50th.
My guardian angel was working overtime that morning –
Maybe someone else’s guardian angels were working overtime too.
My car was totaled by a drunk driver at 8 am in the morning. I was uninjured. My only regret is losing the Chevie I had purchased in 2001, the first new car I had ever owned. (sigh).
Sandra Lee Smith
Originally posted January 9, 2015
updated July 14, 2018