The Wreck

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I will never forget that cold, rainy day on March 11, 2000.

It was 12:00 pm and Haley called me and asked me if I wanted to go shopping.

I said yes, I was so excited. I was 17 years old, and Haley was 16 years old. My friend Haley just got her license and she asked me to go shopping with her to Butler. How could I pass this up? It would be so much fun or so I thought.

So I asked my parents, they said it was ok. A little later Haley called me back. She said that she wasn't going to pick me up until 6:00 Pm. She had to wait for her parents to get home with the car. I was ok with that. While I was waiting for Haley to come and get me, my parents left to go out to eat.

It was almost 6:00 PM Haley should becoming any minute.

I was so eager to get on the road. The time was now 6:30 Haley still wasn't here and the rain was starting to fall a little harder. Wondering where she was I began to get nervous, because the mall closes at 10:00 PM we aren't going to have enough time to shop. Where is she? Finally, I saw Haley's headlights in my driveway. "She is here," I yelled. My eyes lit up with excitement. Haley came in and we talked to my brother Jonathon for a few minutes, and I wrote a note for my mom saying when I would be home. I grabbed my purse and we left for the Butler Mall.

We got into the car and started along on our way. We weren't even to the stop sign at the end of my street when I remembered that I had forgot my gift certificate. So, we went back to my house and got it. Now it's almost 6:45 PM and were finally getting on our way.

As we neared the end of the street it happened. In the middle of the intersection I look to my right and seen headlight coming right at us. I yell "HALEY!" She looks and saw the car light coming. She swerve's to miss the speeding car but it didn't help much. The car still hit us; right on the passengers door, right where I was sitting.

I kind of blacked out for a minute and a little dazed I wasn't sure what had happened. I remember the rain was hitting my face, but I was still in the car and couldn't figure out why I was getting wet. As I opened my eyes and see about a two-inch space between the door and the roof of the car. I asked Haley if she was ok; she said "yes." That was a big relief. We got out of the car and staggered over to the other car to see if they were ok and they were, thank goodness I thought.

We called her parents and they were there in about two minutes.

However I called my parents and they weren't home. So my brother called around trying to find them, they were nowhere to be found. I was starting to get worried and was upset. We just had wrecked and I was in shock I couldn"˜t stop shaking. Finally, Jonathon called my Aunt Suzi; she came and got me. I was so happy to see her I began to cry and gave her the biggest hug I ever had given someone.

It was so weird there were so many emergency vehicles at the scene of the accident. There were three fire trucks, four ambulances and a big rescue truck, a state police car, a Manor Township police car and a Ford City Police car there. Flares and the lights from all the trucks lit up the street.

I remember that I just wanted to go home really bad. I just wanted to see my mom and dad and they were nowhere to be found. Before I could leave had to fill out a police report and sign a release saying that I wasn't going to the hospital.

Wet and in shock, I finally got to go home. When I got home, Jonathon said that he had found my parents, and that they were on their way home. As my parents pulled into the drive way they had a look of fear on their faces, not knowing what had happened or how I was. Haley and I will never forget that cold, and rainy March day and how lucky we were that everyone was ok.