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Auto Accident

What Happens When It’s Your Kids in One?

My daughter Tory had been bugging her brother Max to drive her to the Jersey Shore since their shore “date” with their Uncle Michael Michael had been cancelled due to rain. Trying to be a helpful Mom I dragged Max out of bed this morning and Tory quickly followed. After a lot of growling around on Max’s part they loaded up the old Ford Explorer and took off for the shore. I stayed home to accomplish a “to do” list and give them some time together before Max returns to college.

Fast forward some time and my cell phone rings. My husband Mike said, “The kids have been in a car accident, but they are all right. The kids aren’t hurt.”

Mike’s words penetrated.

My heart raced.

One of my worst fears now real, I asked for details.

Mike told me what he knews, clearly and without drama, bless him.

I hung up and called Tory’s cell phone. She answered, sobbing out some details about the accident, but more important, their approximate location on the Garden State Parkway.

Somehow a photo just doesn't convey how it looks in person.

I took off for my Honda Pilot at a run, jumped in, took a huge deep breath and fired up the engine.  The accident was barely 2 miles from where the kids got on the Parkway. They went almost all the way through a construction zone, Max changed into the fast lane readying for an Easy Pass toll lane and traffic stopped dead in front of him. He said he braked, but didn’t have enough time to come to a complete stop. He hit the woman in front of him.

Does the crunched side view help convey the wreckage better?

By the time I got to the scene of the accident, Max and the woman had exchanged pertinent information. She, a mom herself with a son the same age, reassured me that she and her passengers weren’t hurt, that traffic was ridiculous.

I, relieved to see my two kids and the passengers of the other vehicle unhurt, almost missed the drama ensuing behind our old Explorer. Apparently another two vehicles had crashed in exactly the same way, for exactly the same reasons; however, the four male occupants were definitely not as calm, polite and cooperative as Max and the Other Mom.

One of NJ's finest was very kind and helpful today.

A State Trooper pulled up, then another. The trooper who handled Max’s accident was polite, kind and helpful. He filled out the paperwork and called for a tow truck since transmission fluid and other fluids were leaking out of the truck and into the roadway, clearly signaling that the Explorer was driving itself absolutely nowhere. With his okay, I worked the phone and called our local auto body repair shop, Bloomfield Auto Body, letting them know the Explorer would be arriving on a flatbed.

Our second vehicle being loaded onto a flat bed tow truck in less than two years.

So far,

Max has contacted our insurance company.

Neither he nor Tory is complaining of aches or pains.

My husband Mike has been apprised of the condition of his Explorer via emailed photos.

After speaking with Anthony at Bloomfield Auto, we’re pretty sure our family is now officially down a vehicle.

Max has lost his wheels.

But my children are safe.

Thank God.

Does it look totaled to you?


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Food Shopping—A Life Altering Experience

We have four food stores in town: A&P, Shop Rite, Kings and Whole Foods (otherwise known as Whole Paycheck). I pretty much shop at Shop Rite because the vegetables and meat are usually good, it’s economical, clean, closest to our home, and the parking lot is large. Oh yeah. And it’s on the way to the bank so I get a twofer every Monday when I set out on my errand run.

Where I do the bulk of my food shopping.

Recently I pulled into the Shop Rite parking lot and two senior citizen transportation busses were already idling at the curb near the exit door. I carefully edged around the illegally parked vans, their drivers out and talking with each other, and managed not to hit Cart Man. He’s the guy whose job it is to travel the parking lot and gather up the abandoned shopping carts, hook them to the motorized trolley and drive them, using a remote control device, back to the front of the store where he lines them up to be used again and again. Cart Man takes his job very seriously.

Would you want to wrangle these for a living?

Driving past Cart Man, I arrived at my favorite row to park (I think fewer people park there since it’s farther from the entrance, and let’s face it, most of us are really lazy.). Signaling left, I started to turn, then hit my brakes. Hard. An elderly woman was pulling into an open parking space between two cars.

Creeping ahead she had slowly turned into the space, then crunched into the side door panel of the car parked on her far side. She must have felt the impact because she slowly back up, cut her wheel hard and took a second go at getting into the space. She hit the front fender of the same car. She reversed again then successfully managed to get into the space without hitting the car a third time. She got out of her car and walked into the store without even a backward glance at the car she had just hit twice.

I parked my car and hustled into Shop Rite. I saw the elderly woman ahead of me in the produce aisle, squeezing melons and looking like she didn’t have a care in the world. I followed her for a few aisles and realized (1) she couldn’t see worth a darn since she kept running her cart into both people and other carts as she made her way up and down aisle after aisle, and (2) she had no intention of seeking the owner of the car she hit. I tucked my cart into a corner and headed back out to the parking lot. I left a note on the car the elderly woman hit. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep if I hadn’t.

What was she thinking?

Have you had a similar experience? And what did you do? Talk to the person? Leave a note like me?


Filed under Food Shopping, Transportation