April 15, 2014 – Only Mom can be hit by a car with NO driver! Yes you read right Pat and Mom were in an accident and the other car had no driver in it.
Here is the story Mom told me: She and Pat had a great Sunday afternoon at Thimble Pleasures quilt shop. They were taking a Software Mastery course and were heading home and decided to stop at McDonald’s to get a drink for the ride home. As they were about to pull into the lot, Mom stopped as a car appeared to be backing out of a parking spot. But the car kept coming and speeding up (there is a small decline to the road). Mom blew here horn but it kept coming and she couldn’t get out of the way and it crashed into the front end on the passenger side.
Pat got out of our car after Mom said, ‘I don’t think there is a driver in that car’. Also they had a driver speed away on them once before, so she wanted to make sure that didn’t happen again. Sure enough there was NO driver in the car. There was a male adult in the passenger seat that seemed okay but Pat thought was Autistic or of diminished capacity. The driver came out of McDonald’s and was 7 months pregnant. Mom and Pat felt bad for her.
Unfortunately,Mom got jostled around enough to cause back pain and that got her a ride in an ambulance in a collar and on a back board (I don’t know what that means). After several hours and a set of x-rays they showed Mom had no new damage, but had muscles involved that were in spasm.
The next day found both Pat and Mom very sore and being seen by their family doctor. It was really the first time Mom got a chance to see the damage to the front end of the van. I got to see and sniff the van when Mom let me out in the garage.
It is off to the collision repair shop this morning. It will be interesting to see what car we get as a rental. But I’m sure that I won’t get to go for a ride in the rental car.