Unexpected Fate

Essay by Anonymous UserCollege, UndergraduateA+, October 1996

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Throughout my eighteen years of experience, I have learned that life is not always fair. Sometimes certain unexpected and unexplainable events can change one's outlook on life. Upon witnessing the tragic death of another human being, I suddenly realized just how fragile and unpredictable life can be.

It was June 3, 1994, the day of my high school picnic to Kennywood Amusement Park. The day looked beautiful and sunny without a cloud in the sky. A few friends and I were having a great time riding the lightning-quick roller coasters and chilling water rides. We had not a care in the world, except to kick back and enjoy ourselves while we reminisced about old times. However, none of us foresaw the horror that awaited us at the end of our seemingly perfect day.

As the night neared its end, we decided it was time to get in a few last rides before we headed for home.

Still wet and dizzy from our last minute rides on the Steel Phantom and the Log Jammer, we laughed and joked in a carefree manner about our fun-filled day at Kennywood. As we left the park, we met up with a small crowd of people who were waiting to cross a dimly lit street that led to the parking lot. As the traffic signal turned red, the crossing sign gave us the signal to walk, so we began crossing the street.

Suddenly, the day flipped upside down! The most horrid sound of screeching tires and the smell of burning rubber filled the air. Instinctively, I whirled around only to see a speeding car strike a young woman. I had never seen her before, and I could not believe my eyes! At the moment of impact, the small body of the woman...