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Scary Moment.

Sep 22, 2005
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We had quite a scare in our neighborhood tonight. 

I was firing up the grill on my patio in the back when I heard a bunch of sirens off in the distance.  Suddenly, Elise (my 5 yr old daughter) came running back and said, "Dad! Something bad has happened!" 

And without really thinking much more about it I replied, "Yes, it sounds like it." 

"NO!", Elise replied, "A little boy in the front was hit by a car!" 

OMG.

I ran as fast as I could to the front of our house and parked just three homes down were three police cars, two ambulances and a firetruck.  I scanned the street as fast as I could and the first thing I noticed was the kid’s shoe.  Laying in the street.  By itself.

Then I saw a crowd of people all standing around a little boy who had been hit.  (Not anywhere close to where the shoe was by the way…) The boy had been struck by a young 16 year old girl who was driving too fast through our neighborhood while talking on her cell phone. 

I, along with dozens of other neighborhood parents, just stood in shock thinking how easily that could have been any one of our childen laying on the street bleeding. 

The good news is that the little boy is ok.  I’m not 100% certain of his status, but he seemed pretty good before the ambulance took him away.  He ran out after a ball and got hit.  Upon impact with the vehicle, he flew up, hit the windshield and went flying in the air and landed several feet away. 

So, I can only imagine that there were a lot of conversations going on around the kitchen tables in our neighborhood this evening. 

Elise and I prayed tonight for the little boy. 

We also prayed for the 16 year old girl who is probably having a really hard time sleeping right now. 


7 Responses to “Scary Moment.”

  1. brad says:

    I have to say as a parent of 3 kids between the ages of 3 months to 8 years old, this makes my heart sink.
    I can’t imagine how mentally disturbing that is for everyone involved: the parents, the neighborhood, and the 16 year old girl who will obviously be feeling overwhelming guilt for a long time.
    My brother was hit by a car when he was 11. The person who hit him was a 16 year old girl.. I was right behind him in the cross walk when the car that was doing 40 hit the brakes and snapped his leg and threw him in the aire several feet. I remember my mom running with tears as I was holding my brother in the street as crowds of people watched. My brother recovered, but I think my mom watched over us like a hawk for years to come.

  2. brad says:

    I have to say as a parent of 3 kids between the ages of 3 months to 8 years old, this makes my heart sink.
    I can’t imagine how mentally disturbing that is for everyone involved: the parents, the neighborhood, and the 16 year old girl who will obviously be feeling overwhelming guilt for a long time.
    My brother was hit by a car when he was 11. The person who hit him was a 16 year old girl.. I was right behind him in the cross walk when the car that was doing 40 hit the brakes and snapped his leg and threw him in the aire several feet. I remember my mom running with tears as I was holding my brother in the street as crowds of people watched. My brother recovered, but I think my mom watched over us like a hawk for years to come.

  3. noelle says:

    that breaks my heart and will be in my mind as I’m driving down the streets….

  4. Rachel says:

    That is a mother’s worst nightmare. I will pray also for the little boy and the girl who I am sure will punish herself much more than anyone else could.

  5. Yikes! My heart goes out to the little boy and his family as well as the young teenage girl.
    Ah, the joys and curses of modern day technology! When I was a teenager there were cell phones, but no one but adults had them. I like the idea of teenagers having them to call home in case of an emergency or if they want to know if they can stay out later than originally planned. However, I don’t think that they should just be gabbing on their cell phone while driving around.
    Heck – I am almost 31 years old and I try not to be on my cell phone when I am in the car. When you are on the phone and trying to drive the car (not to mention having a 3 1/2 year old in the car), and the radio going — that is just TOO MUCH NOISE!
    Again, my thoughts and prayers are with both the boy and girl as well as the families.

  6. Scott says:

    I heard Illinois was considering making it illegal for younger less experienced drivers to talk on a cell and drive at the same time. It’s difficult to master a new skill with one’s full attention much less while distracted.
    I am praying here for the safe recovery of everyone involved – physically and mentally and that in the longer term the lessons learned from this tragedy would be used to reach others and glorify God.

  7. Dave says:

    It is a law that a new driver can not talk on a cell phone for the first 6 mos. I have a new 16 yr old driver (a girl). I have told her that the car is a “killing machine” it takes only a moment to change life forever. On the cell phone law I would like to see it for all drivers under 18. May God Bless all parties involved and bring Peace to them.

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