And Then There Was An Accident..

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Twelve years ago we decided to build our home. We had decided on living within the city and we looked at so very many lots. We finally picked one on a corner. It seemed like it would be the perfect place and the neighborhood was very inviting. It was summer time and there were kids outside, with the sound of laughter and kids playing being all that you heard, besides the leaves blowing in the wind. It seemed perfect and it was. It was perfect until September 2nd rolled around and the kids started school. It was then that I began to think I made a bad decision.

We still love our house and we love our neighborhood, all but one small part. The road in the front of our house is never monitored by police. The posted speed limit is 25mph. The actual speed limit of 9 out of 10 vehicles is about 35-45+ mph. Here’s the thing.. right across the street from me, directly in front of my front door and bay window is the bus stop. We’ve never had any problems with that. The kids are always well behaved, they don’t vandalize property or anything of that sort. They are kids, so they DO play at the bus stop. Not a big deal, they play and have fun and no one is left out or hurt ever. The drivers are my street, going 35+ mph are a danger. A very horrible danger. When the bus stops and puts out the STOP sign, there is a reason. That doesn’t mean go around the bus, it means STOP! Period. Something we all learned to get our license. The same is said for posted speed limit signs. For years I’ve made the comment to my husband about how much it scares me and about how I fear one day I will see a car/child accident. It scares me more then I can even explain!

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Last week, just 3 days after school started, I seen it. It wasn’t on my bus stop, but a bit down the road. I didn’t see the child get hit, but when I reached that point, there was a car pulled over and a child laying rather awkwardly in the road. No he wasn’t playing! Traffic was slow and I was about to pull over when the ambulance came rushing around the corner. I still wanted to stop. I wanted to scoop that poor child into my arms, the way his mom or dad would have. I felt completely awful. This poor child was back to school for just 3 days! I decided to NOT stop since the paramedics were there and were working on getting the situation and the traffic under control. It took everything out of me to not stop, but with my anxiety I thought the last thing that poor child needed was a hysterically crying parent he didn’t know. I looked over at the car and the driver as I passed through. That did me in. It was a young (I think high school age) girl with a friend in the car. They were having a conversation. The driver was on her phone. While I didn’t see the actual accident, I couldn’t help but think “What the hell are you doing IN your car? What the hell are you doing ON YOUR PHONE?”. Seriously, she wasn’t out of her car. She didn’t walk over to the paramedics. Since I was on my way to pick up my son, I had to return back through the area. When I came back through the paramedics were working on the poor boy and trying to get him on the stretcher. He was curled, some what, into the fetal position.

I can not for the life of me get the image out of my head. I probably never will. Just the same way that I will never understand why people drive way beyond the speed limit in posted areas. There are 4 schools ON MY STREET within a matter of 2 miles. There should be NO reason anyone is driving faster then 25 mph. Every day I pick up my kids, I drive through the street. I drive 10-15 mph and I am VERY attentive. I cannot tell you how many people have blown around me and flipped me off. I cannot tell you how many times it happens in ONE day!!

I will never understand why traffic rules are not followed. Now I know I was involved in an accident in which I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt and believe me, I pay for that every day! I understand CLEARLY why there are rules. I understand what a school zone is. I don’t understand why other people can not grasp this. For real.

Edited to add: I have no way of knowing the child’s name since he is a minor and I don’t know how he is doing. I want to believe he DID pull through because there was no oxygen on him and there was some small movements. Unfortunately, I have no other information on the situation. I am just praying and hoping for the best for the family. My heart goes out to them!

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5 Responses to “And Then There Was An Accident..”

  1. September 12, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I hope that child is ok, have you heard anything? It’s so scary. I don’t understand why people can’t be more responsible with kids around. Our neighbor does daycare, and on the first morning of school, one of the parents went right thru the stop sign and came zooming down our street to drop off her kid – probably running late. I went right up to her and told her that school was starting and there are kids all over our neighborhood. She was a MOM! You’d think a parent would pay attention!

  2. Lizz
    September 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    My goodness Bobbie :( Let us know if you hear anything about the child… hopefully he made it. What an awful thing to see.

  3. September 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I know how scary it can be. My youngest brother was hit by a car years ago. I was the first one to see him lying in. The road. I think I was about 12 at the time, and I will never forget that scene.

    I had to get a petition to get the school bus to go down our street when my children were young. It was a new subdivision, and about 30 kids from K-5th grade waited or the bus on the side of a busy highway every morning. I jus knew one of them was going to get hit. Thankfully they didn’t but we did get the bus to go down through the subdivision .

  4. September 13, 2013 at 4:47 am

    I hope that little kid is okay. I can’t even imagine!!!! Tears are in my eyes just thinking about it. :(

  5. Jenny
    September 13, 2013 at 7:29 am

    OMG, now because of this that young boys life and the teens in the car’s life has changed forever. Think people, just stop and think about what you are doing before you do it.

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