Sorry I’ve been pretty vacant for the last few days, but on Monday evening I got a call that my brother and his fiance were in a terrible car wreck down in Houston. My wife packed my stuff in about 20 minutes while I prepared and then headed out for the 4 hour drive.
It turns out that a woman ran a red light and plowed into the side of my brother’s Toyota 4Runner as he was crossing the intersection. She hit his SUV on the side in the rear, causing the vehicle to spin and then roll multiple times. The police officer later informed us that she admitted she was talking on her cell phone and not paying attention.
As I said, the collision caused the 4Runner to roll several times, and when it finally stopped it had come to rest on it’s hood. This left my brother and future sister-in-law hanging upside down by the seatbelts. Thankfully they were wearing them!
At this point Kirk was smelling gas and Jenny was hanging unconscious. He had to get himself unbuckled, then get her unbuckled and drag her to the back of the vehicle to go out through the rear door since none of the other doors could be opened.
When the fire department and EMS technicians arrived they put both of them on backboards and took them to the hospital where they remained for about 2 days undergoing every test under the sun. Amazingly the only broken bone was in Kirk’s nose, though there were plenty of other soft injuries.
I decided to share this story with you all because it seems like we need constant reminders of why we should drive safely and, at least for me, hearing about a friend or family member going through an ordeal like this usually serves as a wake up call.
Here is a video walk through of the vehicle’s remains to go along with the photos.