Glad to be alive.

“Darlin’ you came about six inches from gettin killed.”

I stared up at the sheriff’s deputy who was helping strap me to a gurney after pulling me out of the mangled mess of my little car after a woman and her pickup truck slammed into me while texting, barreling down the wrong side of the highway doing 80 miles an hour.

Thank you to my Llano County neighbors and VFD, for stopping to help me, and to tell the troopers and deputies about the woman in the wrong lane, about how she said she “wasn’t looking,” and that she’d just had her car repossessed and was driving a friend’s truck that she “didn’t know how to drive.”

Thank you to the deputy, who sat with me until the EMTs arrived, and told me it was okay to cry.

Thank you to the EMT who strapped me to the stretcher and promised “not to drop” me when I was disoriented and was convinced I was going to fall off.

And thank you to the woman who rode with me in the ambulance, holding my hand, telling me everything was going to be all right.

And to the woman who hit me because she was roaring down the road into oncoming traffic at 8:45 in the morning, not looking because she was texting–please. Hang up and drive. The next time, you might kill someone.


About kitfrazier

Award-winning novelist and former big city journalist who bumped into a cowboy and woke up in the wild, wild west.
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One Response to Glad to be alive.

  1. Mama says:

    Sis, get mended and get back on that horse. Love you from Mama Frazier
    Sis, here are some stats:
    In 2008, at any given moment, over 800,000 Americans were texting, making calls, or using a handheld cell phone while driving during the daytime. With distracted driving killing nearly 6,000 Americans in the same year, it’s no mystery that cell phone use is risky for drivers.
    2009 Cell Phone and Distracted Driving Statistics
    Please note that 2010 and 2011 cell phone and distracted driving statistics are not yet available. Please check back frequently for updated statistics.

    •In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in the U.S. because of accidents that involved distracted driving. Another 448,000 were injured.
    •Of the 5,474 killed because of distracted driving, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a factor. However, the number of fatalities caused by cell phone use could be much higher. For those who were injured, 24,000 involved reports of cell phone use as a distraction.
    •The under-20 age group had the highest percentage of distracted drivers; 16% of drivers under 20 years old involved in fatal crashes were distracted while driving.
    •The 30- to 39-year-old age group had the highest percentage of cell phone use in fatal crashes.
    •More people are driving while distracted when they are involved in fatal crashes. The percentage of fatalities associated with distracted drivers increased from 10% in 2005 to 16% in 2009.
    •In 2009, 867 fatal crashes were reported to have involved cell phones as a means for driver distraction (18% of all fatal distracted-driving crashes).
    •People driving light trucks and motorcyclists had the highest percentage of total drivers reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes (12% each).
    •A teen driver riding with one other passenger doubles the risk of being involved in a fatal car crash. With two or more passengers, the risk increases to five times as likely.
    •Research reveals that 46% of drivers under 18 admit to texting while driving. Driver distraction is a factor in 25- to 50% of all car accidents, with 61% of teen drivers admitting to risky driving habits.
    •In 2009, the South had the highest percentage of cell phone use while driving at 6%. The Northeast came in at 4%.

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