Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Emily's wreck

So....Emily totaled her car.

This used to be Ben's car.  His first words were, "What did you do to my CAR!?"

Emily was trying to edge forward in order to see if she could pull out.

But she edged too far and got hit by another car, which then bounced off her and hit a third car.

No one was hurt, but all three drivers were shaken up.  It happened on the campus of Emily's college.  All three drivers were female students.  Emily said they all sat on the grass trying not to cry.

A woman who had stopped to see if everyone was okay came up to Emily and said, "I'm going to give you a hug because you need one."  She hugged each girl in turn just to help calm them down.

Emily had to go to court because of the accident.  I couldn't go because Katie had class that day so Kerry accompanied Emily to the courthouse for moral support.

He spent the last few days before her court date looking up Virginia laws and terrorizing us with everything that they could do to her.  I kept reminding him that she'd never even had so much as a parking ticket, she wasn't speeding when the accident happened, she wasn't using alcohol or drugs, and the odds of them putting her in jail seemed slim at best.  He still did his best to make sure none of us would get any sleep the night before.

I asked Emily if she had been nervous when they called her name and she had to step up in front of the judge.  She said, "No, it was like watching someone else walk up there.  I swear I could see the top of my head and I was thinking, 'Oh, she's walking up there now.'  Then the judge said, 'How do you plead?' and I slammed back down into my body long enough to squeak, 'Guilty, your honor' and then it was over and we were done."

Fortunately, she was given a fine of just over $100 for failure to yield and that was that.

She's having to pay her own insurance now and hopefully is driving a little more carefully!


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