Don’t Blink!

Photo By: _StaR_DusT_

A couple days ago I was working out of town with a co-worker, and after work we went to get some dinner.  My co-worker was driving and parked his car in the parking lot at a fast food restaurant next door to the the sit-down place where we were going because there was very little parking.
We walked next door and went inside, sat down, got a beer, and ordered our food when the waitress walks up to our table.  She said that there was a car accident outside in the parking lot and a car fitting the description of my co-workers car was one of the two involved
I pictured a fender bender.  Someone backed into his car, right?  A big deal, but not as big as what we were walking in to.

We went outside and were met by three ambulances, two fire trucks, and two cop cars!

There was a minivan against the back of my co-worker’s car. My co-worker’s car had been pushed by the minivan over top of a parking block and was sitting about 6 feet forward of where we parked it.

As we walked around to the other side of the car we saw the driver of the minivan on the ground getting CPR from the EMTs.

I had never first hand witnessed someone in a life and death situation.  It is not something cool like you see on TV.  Not even a little bit…

I found out from some witnesses that the guy was ordering food at the drive thru when he started rolling away and then accelerated at a very high rate of speed before crashing into the back of my co-worker’s car.

I’m not sure what actually caused this guy to go out of control, but whatever it was…was serious.  I watched the man die right there on the pavement in the parking lot.

The EMTs stopped CPR and casually loaded him into the back of the ambulance.  No one said that he didn’t make it, but my gut told me that he had passed away right there in front of my eyes.

About an hour later the man’s family arrived at the scene of the accident and they were informed of their loved one’s passing.  The screams were like nothing I have ever heard before…and hope to never hear again.

What if that was me in the minivan? What if out of no where my body goes crazy?  One minute I would be ordering food and the next I would be dead in the parking lot!

Those screams could have been from Momma and my family, and Ace could be the one left without a Dad.

I’m taking nothing for granted anymore…and staying away from fast food…