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      Sunday, February 28, 2010

06:09 PM - 02/28/2010

The topic: Short trip to Disneyland…


I pulled out of the driveway this afternoon. The time on the clock was 1:08.  At 1:27, less than twenty minutes after I left the house, I called home. Brian answered.  I said, repeatedly, “the car is totalled”. 

By this time I was obviously out of the car.  There were three or four CHPs around.  They were taking statements from me and the guy who caused this to happen.   I was shaking like a leaf.

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You can see the skidmarks on the road. I can't thank God enough that there was little traffic this afternoon and the freeway wasn't busy at all.

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You can see from the skidmarks that my car was going sideways when it hit the side of the road. Then I went for a couple of rollovers.  Very interesting, rollovers.  Both front passenger windows were blown out.  Brian said both tires on the passenger side popped loose on the rim.  It landed with the driver’s side up.  All the side airbags deployed, the steering wheel airbag did not.  My head was never near the front of the car.  I remember reaching to turn the key in the ignition when I realized the car was still running.  I think the CD player might have been working, too.  It was a stretch, but I turned the key.  I couldn’t get it out.   I couldn’t get the seatbelt undone.  I was yelling “hey!  hey!  Help!  Get me out of here!” and I remember reaching up with my hand and waving it. A man came down and was yelling “are you okay? are you okay!” and I said “yes, get me out of here!”

He said “I’m so sorry, I didn’t see you”.  I wasn’t really paying all that much attention to what he was saying at that point, I was hanging from the seat by my seatbelt.  He had to climb on top of the car and reach in and unbuckle me, then I had to maneuver out the driver’s side window.  I was actually a little worried about stepping on the seats.  But when I got out of the car and on land, I didn’t have any glass or anything on me.  I seemed to be unscathed.  Shaken, but in one piece. 

When the police were asking me what happened, I told them that I was just driving and I noticed the truck in the lane to my left (the fast lane) pulling into my lane.  I turned the wheel to the right and I guess I went just a little too hard because I lost control of the car.  The CHP officer asked me if the other driver turned on his signal.  I told him I didn’t know, I couldn’t see it.  He said “oh, he was right next to you?” and I said “yes”.  I was in his blind spot (a good reason to not rely 100% on mirrors).  He asked me how fast I was going and I said “I had it on cruise control, 68 MPH”.  (Three miles over the speed limit.)

The police had taken both of our statements and the driver of the truck left after giving his insurance information to the CHP.   Then Brian showed up and he surveyed the damage.  The tow truck showed up and it took a couple of hours to get the car out.  Brian had emptied it of everything and that was in his truck.  

Sadly, the donuts that we got for Jolene ended up inedible.  Brian just tossed them for the animals. 

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You can see the turned up dirt in this picture, where the car was in a sideways roll. I know I went over a couple of times, but I have no idea how I ended up facing the opposite direction.

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I also took out some of the U.S. Navy's fence.

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I'm lucky. I know that. This ain't the purtiest picture I've ever taken, but it's one of the best. Because I'm alive!

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Brian’s looking up stuff on new cars now. He’s bummed because of the value of my car.  It was low mileage and it excellent condition, yet it’s not worth much on blue book, I guess. It’s totalled, we need to get a new car.

I told him to not get real upset just yet, not until we’ve spoken to the insurance company. After all, the other driver was also insured and he’s the one who caused the accident.

I just thank God I’m okay. I thank God it was a light traffic day.  This could have turned out so much worse than it did. 

I’m alive.  I’m starting to get sore, though. And tomorrow I’ll be visiting the chiropractor.  But I’m pretty sure there’s no extra damage done.  Not 100% sure, but pretty sure.

I’m sure glad you are okay!!! What a horrible accident.

Posted by DebD @ Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 7:25:03 PM

I’m just amazed that you are okay. Very damn happy about it, but amazed. I’m sorry for your beautiful car, and it’s sad that the donuts didn’t make it. You are a strong woman, and that is a wonderful thing right now.  Gonna take a day or two to get over this one! Stay home and fish, it’s safer.

Posted by Wilkal @ Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 7:44:54 PM

I am so relieved you are okay.  I think about my rollover accident in 2002, and *I* felt lucky getting off with a broken rib, ankle and finger.  Both accidents could have been so much worse.  This is exactly why seat belts are so important.  (((Hugs)))

Posted by Guardian-of-4 @ Monday, March 01, 2010 - 12:01:54 AM

We are all so glad you got out OK.

Posted by sweeney @ Monday, March 01, 2010 - 2:28:40 AM

Looking at these gives me chills.  I’m so glad you’re ok.  How scary!

Posted by Critter @ Monday, March 01, 2010 - 5:12:51 AM

You are so lucky you came out of that fairly well unscathed!  I am so happy you weren’t injured!

Posted by Boot's Mum @ Monday, March 01, 2010 - 5:13:07 AM

Damn, girl.  Just damn.  I saw that first picture yesterday and thought wowee and then I saw how FAR you rolled!  Holy smokes.  I think you had a whole army of angels in that car with you and thank God you wear seatbelts.  I don’t know why people don’t.  It’s automatic for me.

A lady that used to work here rolled her SUV and ended up with a broken neck (she survived) because she hit her head on the side and the impact hit in the corner of the car. 

Lucky girl you.  Go play the lottery.  Maybe you’ll win something to buy a nice shiny new car.

Posted by Lisa @ Monday, March 01, 2010 - 7:20:28 AM

I feel your pain!  Years ago, my parents were on their way home from a bowling tournament and were driving up a hill on a 2-lane country highway.  Some moron coming from the opposite direction tried to pass a car near the top of the other side of the hill.  Suddenly my parents saw the car coming at them in their lane and had to swerve into the ditch to avoid a head-on collision.  Their car rolled over twice before stopping.  Luckily, neither of them was badly hurt, but the car had some damage.  The a**hole in the other car just drove on without stopping!

Posted by Trudy @ Monday, March 01, 2010 - 10:44:11 AM

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The guy who caused it was actually in good Samaritan mode when it happened. There was a uHaul at the side of the road, stopped. When he saw this, he was going to pull over to see if they needed any help.

He just didn’t see me when he started to pull over.

Posted by lisaviolet @ Monday, March 01, 2010 - 11:18:48 AM

Wow!!! Thank God you’re all right!!! What would Brian and the kitties do without you??? It makes me want to cry just to think of what might have happened!!! :’(
God was also with me and my aunt on New Year’s Day 2008, when the brakes in my aunt’s car failed and we couldn’t stop it! When my aunt finally thought to pull the emergency brake, we were right near the Buffalo Avenue exit ramp for the I-190 - if anyone had been coming off the exit, we might very well have ended up a couple of New Year’s Day statistics! Strangely enough, on the very next day, the bus I was riding in was struck by a car that was in the process of coming out of an alley when ITS brakes failed!!! And it hit the bus just about where I was sitting on the inside!!! Nobody hurt in that accident, either - God was with me again!!! Gee, I sure kept Him busy!!! :D
I have to add that I wouldn’t have wanted to be the Good Sam who inadvertently caused it all…I’m sure that he must have been scared out of at least six of his lives before you signalled to him that you were okay!!! As Robin the Boy Wonder would (and did) say, “Holy heart failure!!” :D
One final word: I’m sure your mother was with you in all this, keeping watch until Mr. Holy Heart Failure came running down the hill to free you! smile I’m also sure that there’s some kind of a Disneyland in Heaven, and that it’s fantastic…but I’m awfully glad that you didn’t get the chance to see it just yet!!! smile
I hope you’re feeling a lot better today!!! smile

Posted by Mary @ Monday, March 01, 2010 - 3:00:30 PM

I can not tell you how frightened I was to read the first post by Jolene. My heart was in my throat for you. I thank God you are fine and up and walking and posting pictures. {{{{DIANNE}}}}

Posted by Trish Blassingame @ Monday, March 01, 2010 - 4:07:29 PM

So relieved to see photographic evidence that you are all right. No one would believe it from the other pix. Yes, many were watching over you, including Bart. Be ready now for something really, really wonderful to happen to you.

Posted by Carol @ Monday, March 01, 2010 - 4:56:54 PM

I was so shicked when I saw this!
I think that there were a lot of loving spirits looking after you that day….
She is very special…. we have to keep her safe!
All paws on deck!
Thank heavens you are safe and well…. and may the Chiro sort out any kinks so that you remain pain free too!

Posted by Kerry @ Monday, March 01, 2010 - 6:35:38 PM

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