Daily Archives: Sunday, January 29, 2012

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair…

Last night, after a fabulous outing (with my aunt and uncle, the Austrian Hordes, Schatzy and Squink) to the wonderful and gorgeous Pinto Creek in Haunted Canyon Squink and I were on our way home… driving along on what I now know is the Red Mountain Freeway… no other cars to be seen in front of us or behind us, mere hints of the mountains visible in the dark night.  I was driving in my preferred lane for distance driving on multi lane freeways, the one just next to the outside lane.

Suddenly, a car speeds past me on our right, the kind of speeds that means that it was probably over 100 mph… though I don't know, it was fast, shockingly fast, and I thought to myself  out loud “w…”. The rest was supposed to be “…ow” but I did not get that far because that car drove straight into the median wall and all I saw were sparks and smoke and the car spinning what seemed like at least 7 times and frighteningly in my direction.  I started braking, terrified the car would spin into Squink and I….  I would say it stopped a mere 50 or so feet. It was smoking, facing the wrong direction in the middle of the road… I was frozen with fear, time stood still and tears ran down my face. Squink did not see any of this thanks to the wonders of a gaming device that had absorbed all his attention.

I know we are supposed to stop and render aid but I had no clue where on this freeway we were, there were no car lights coming up behind us and I had a small child in the car with me… I decided the best thing I could do (for all of us) was to drive on to the next exit as I dialed 911 with hands shaking so bad I can't believe I actually pushed the right buttons… it felt like forever to reach the next exit and let the dispatcher know where the accident was. I was a mess, I could not give clear directions using proper names… I had to say things like “I am at the 202 and Recker”, “the accident is east of me”, the “202 north of the 60” The 202 is a circular freeway and was thus very confusing to the woman who had to deal with my phone call…

I hope this was the right choice. I don't know, I was up, off and on, all night with crash images in my dreams.