Sept 26, 1994. That was my first & only car accident & it was not my fault. I was on the way to work around 4 am. I just picked up the newspaper & drove off then all of a sudden BANG
, I remember hitting the brakes & spinning.
After my car stopped, I was looking straight out the front & the window was shattered. My glasses flew off & I could just see through the steam a big tree. Then a stranger that witnessed the accident came to my aid. It woke the whole neighborhood up!
Within minutes, I could hear sirens. An ambulance & firetruck came. It took them awhile to get me out as I was not able to move but I was not trapped. Then off to the hospital to the I go. 11 hrs in the trauma unit waiting for results from the many x-rays & tests that were taken.
I was banged up pretty bad. My lower back & my right knee still feel the pain. I had a seat belt tattoo running across my body. From my left shoulder to my right hip. The buckle cilp cut me hard. It was the worst bruising the 2 police officers ever saw.
Finally the tests are over for the time being & my room is ready. Just one more check of the lungs with the stethoscope & I'm on my way. The the doctor says, something is not right here! Half of my left lung collapsed. Well off for more tests. After a few more hrs, everything is fine. I go to my room for 3 days.
After resting & more tests, I get the go ahead to go home & the doctor said I can return to work on Monday! Wrong!
I went to my doctor & he got my records from the hospital & I was off work for 6 months! More tests over that time. Physical therapy for my back & leg. I walked like a very old man. Good thing the therapists office was across the street. I had to see a specialist for my knee as it was not healing & was to tight & some problems with my mid section.
This guy was great. He checked me over real good. He sent me for a scan of my knee & I explained to the lady that I also had pain in my lower right lung area. So she gave me a complete head to toe scan to make sure nothing else was wrong!
I was watching the monitor as the scan was made. They started at my feet & worked there way up. My knee was so tight they thought I hit it against the bottom off the dash. I told them my first reaction was to hit the brakes! That explained my knee problem. Then the scan moved up to my mid section & you could see there was some damage to my ribs. It landed up that my 2 lower ribs were broken but they were internal fractures. 5 months they were broken & they healed on there on.
After the tests were done, the specialist & I had a talk. He told me I was very lucky to be talking to him.
He told me that I should not have survived that crash or I should have been in a wheelchair drooling! A very lucky man he called me.
During my time healing, the police came over to jog my memory of the accident. Completly a blank. The other driver of the vehicle got away! It was stolen!
The officer told me my car spun 3 times in a very short distance. I was hit on the right front side & there was damage to the rear as my car hit the other as I was spinning. The other vehicle almost went through a house!
The police figured that a juvy stole the vehicle & took off like a bat out of hell. Right through a red light at very high speed & I never saw it coming as the headlights were off! To this day, they never found him!
My Honda Civic 4 door sedan was a right off! I miss that car!
If I can find the pictures of the car after the accident, I'll post them.
Just glad I'm here today!
Added the pictures to this post.