Re: What are the most stupid accidents or near accidents you have ever seen? (96_jetta)
In December, I still lived in an apartment which was in a house on a fairly busy corner. I had just gotten in from my friends house where we were playing GTA3. I am sitting on the couch watching Sports Center and I hear a car gun it coming to the the stop sign on the corner. I look out the window to see a small white 4dr (later determined to be a 94 Toyota Corolla) speeding towards the intersection. On the cross street, with no stop sign, is an Isuzu SUV (later determined to be a 90's Rodeo 4dr). The kid in the Toyota blows the stop sign, and was broadsided by the Isuzu. The impact sent the Toyota into a telephone pole, snapping the pole in two pieces. The Toyota then went across the lawn of the house across the street, took out the brick steps of the house, and slid sideways into a parked car in the driveway of the adjacent house. The Isuzu flipped onto the drivers side and slid into what was left of the pole. It sounded like a plane landed in the front yard.
I threw on my sneakers and my coat and ran downstairs - I was the only one out there initially - I knew it was bad because it was SO quiet and dark - the streetlight was out and all of the wires were in the street.
Went to the SUV first as it was closer to me. The passenger side was facing up - banged on the window to see if I could get the attention of the driver - fluids and sparking wires everywhere - the guy driving (23 year old who had just dropped his girlfriend off two blocks away) was moaning and yelling about his head. I helped him crawl out of the rear gate of the destoyed Isuzu - he had a gash on his head an was bleeding heavily - but he was alive -and literally had been knocked out of his shoes - he had only socks on! By this time some of my other neighbors had come out and a woman who was a nurse told me to check on the other car while she attended to the SUV driver. I went to the other car, which was quite far away and started yelling to the driver to see if I could get a reaction. There was none. The driver of the Toyota had died on impact. (I will save you the gory details - but suffice it to say that I have had nightmares about what I saw).
The kid (yeah kid) was 16 years old, with a suspended JUNIOR license. He was not supposed to be driving at ALL never mind at 1 am. As the story in the paper went the next day, he was at a party with friends, and stole his aunts car keys, and later her car. He was from the area, and most likley knew there was a stop sign on the corner. He chose to ignore it and it cost him his life. Worse then that, he affected many other people, including the innocent driver of the other vehicle who suffered head injuries, as well as the family who lived in the house where the Toyota ended its ride. His mother tried to blame the other driver in the article, saying that her son drove fast, but was a good driver. Really? The police officers at the scene who took my statement told me that if the kid in the Toyota had lived, that he would have been arrested immediately. In addition, think how bad the guy in the SUV feels that he took a life, even if it wasn't his fault!
In summary, this is a stupid accident, beacuse it never should have happened. As a matter of fact, it should not even be called an accident, because of the fact that the kid in the Toyota made a decision to not stop at the stop sign!
Sorry this was so long, but I have been dwelling on this since it happened - this has given me a chance to vent. Thanks for reading this if you choose to...