A moment of ‘fun’ can cause leave a life-time of regret for others

Published 5:25 am Wednesday, June 15, 2005

By Staff
Sometimes we might never know the impact of our actions. Too often with their invincible attitudes, our youth believe they will live forever. They take risks and chances. Unfortunately their actions just may cause harm to others.
A reader wrote of an incident which happened on Dailey Road at about 10:30 p.m. one evening. For those of you who travel Dailey in Cass County know of the many hills and curves, which are difficult enough to negotiate, without some clowns playing with their vehicles like it was a video game.
A group of three women were returning from a nice dinner at Lindy's in Cassopolis, heading back to Granger, Ind.
Coming to the top of a hill, the driver was faced with having to make a split second decision. There were two sets of headlights coming at her and she was forced to swerve out of her lane to avoid a head-on collision.
Though the possible head-on with worse injuries was avoided, her vehicle just missed hitting some mailboxes and ended up hitting an oak tree.
The writer was in the passenger seat during these few seconds of panic, wondering if she would ever see her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter again.
When she saw the tree, she said, "I saw I was for certain 'dead,' because the implosion of the airbag, that sound and the flash of white was what I thought was 'death.'"
She believes they were more than lucky to have escaped with minor bumps and bruises. She thanks a 'greater being' who was watching over them that night.
She mentioned all three have parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. They all have jobs which would also miss them, should they have all been killed that evening.
After forcing the doors of the vehicle open, they called 911, but were unsure of their location.
They went to a house where the police were called.
She was thankful all were wearing their seatbelts and that her friend who was driving was able to react quickly enough to miss the head-on crash with what they thought was a pick-up.
To the good of our young people and our county, she was amazed at how many 20-something motorists stopped to see if they could do anything to help, while they were waiting for the police officers to arrive.
But on the bad side, she was even more amazed that the two vehicles, who quite possibly were drag racing that evening down Dailey Road, never bothered to stop and see what havoc they had caused and whether anyone was hurt.