Out for a drive

A few days ago, I was listening to one of my newer dispatchers work an accident call at a major intersection in our large city.  There were several vehicles involved and traffic was a mess with nobody getting through the intersection, others crossing through parking lots at corner businesses, and yet others cutting into and through the alleyways that exist in and around the immediate vicinity.  One of the vehicles involved was a large pick-up truck that was pulling a horse-trailer.  Evidently, this truck and trailer plowed into a passenger car that was in the left-turn lane and was trying to make it across the intersection between passing vehicles.  The passenger car was being driven by a 15 year-old boy who had his learner’s permit and had his father in the front passenger seat.  The boy was transported to a local children’s hospital and the dad was transported to a major trauma center.  The last report was that the boy was in stable condition.  The next day, we learned that the father passed-away from his injuries…he caught the full impact of the truck pulling the horse-trailer.

Was the boy excited that day to go for a drive?  Did he pester his dad relentlessly to take him out to practice?  Or was the dad the one who offered…?  “Hey, I’m running up to the store, wanna drive?”

How long will it be until the boy has a desire to get his license again?

6 responses

  1. God damn!!

    That is just a horrible story! My heart and thoughts really go out to those two and family. It certainly takes a special well grounded set of people to do what it is you guys do.

    What a sad and compelling question. I hope the boy can move forward in his life after such an unexpected life change.

    April 8, 2010 at 7:20 am

    • Yes, it is rather horrible, and I don’t know how someone goes on after something like this. Thank you for visiting and leaving your nice words, Josh.

      April 8, 2010 at 10:48 am

  2. Heart wrenching. I don’t even want to think about it…

    April 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm

  3. Kaleeb

    i guess in retrospect, i should be glad i didn’t get on with the pd and do what you do. it’s hard to imagine just how scary it is going to be when my babies get behind the wheel…

    April 10, 2010 at 8:44 am

    • It is rough sometimes, Kaleeb, having that insider’s perspective and weighing it against other feelings and experiences that involve my children and other loved ones. It’s weird how this job informs and effects the many other aspects of our lives. Again, thank you.

      April 10, 2010 at 10:56 am

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