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Blogs by Erin E Kelly-Moen

I shouldn't be alive...
7/27/2006 7:13:53 PM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

I shouldn't be alive, right now, my daughter and I were almost killed by an asshole driver who couldn't wait the 300 feet or so he had to go to reach the up-mountain divided highway.

I was coming down out of the Black Hills, towards Morenci, coasting at 65 with cruise control on, since it seems to have a tendency to 'cruise' 5 miles or more than is set. We were coming around a pair of tight curves, which led to the bridge over the Gila River, a no-passing zone of maybe 200 feet or so. There was an impasse of four of five semi's chugging up the hill past me around the curve, I noted each one with fast-moving rectitude, as I was braking, semis always get my attention, especially on curves.

Never in a million years would I have thought someone would be so stupid as to try to pass FIVE semis, much less anything, in that tiny space, until I faced the (deleted expletive), head on!! Maybe fifty feet away. Oh my god... Kelly Clarkson was playing on the radio station; I remember that, I was just telling my daughter how I loved her voice. There was a drop-down cliff to my right, with no guard rail, and no shoulder, just a small bit of earth hugging the roadside, and, that's what I headed for, moving my vehicle to the right as he/she tried to move back to their right. Somehow, we passed, and I maneuvered back to the pavement, only to fishtail scarily back and forth, with two other vehicles coming towards me! ... I did it, though, I maintained control, I don't even know how. As soon as we were past the mortal danger, my arms and hands started shaking uncontrollably, I was gasping and half-crying, because, I was alive...

I am not fond of the thought of vehicular death and maimability, I was in one accident I don't remember, in Colorado, where I fractured my pelvis in three places, and woke up in a hospital wondering who was making all these strange moaning noise, than realizing it was me.

I am pretty much a stickler for vehicle laws, signals and brake lights are the only awareness we have of what is going on in another drivers head, this wasn't that, but, damn it, I almost died because of an idiot's impatience with what been proven safety is about, highway-wise. I hate this kind of stupidity, and I wish whoever was driving that vehicle that almost hit us head-on has learned a lesson, and I hope one of the semi drivers reported this person, as I had no time to get a license plate number.

I know this is not a big story in the category of 'how I shouldn't be alive', compared to murders and wars and love and espionage and hatred, but it does have its roots in disrespect, the precursor to all of the above.

Erin


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