Written Stories

All My Fault

One night after dark my friend was rushing home from her boyfriend’s house after her mother had called to get her to come home. She jumped into her car neglecting to put on her seatbelt, and began speeding down the highway, soon she reached a sharp curve in the road. Driving too fast she ran off the curve and over corrected. With the car still in motion her neck hit the roof of her vehicle, and then she was ejected through the back window of her vehicle. When they found her lying on pavement they discovered she had broken her neck. When she woke up all she asked was, “Did I hurt anyone? and “I can’t blame anyone but myself. It was all my fault!” Thankfully no one else was affected by the accident, but because of her decision to not wear her seatbelt she spent the next 46 days in a hospital bed. The measures taken by the doctors to help her heal properly were extensive but worth it. Today my friend is completely healed, and living her life normally. As a miracle.

BL
Timpson High School

Kids on the Roll

I had an amazing friend. His wife and kids were in the car.HIs wife was in the passenger seat, his oldest daughter was behind him and the youngest daughter was behind the passenger seat. They were driving when this car came crashing into the drivers side of the car and it rolled several times. The wife and the youngest daughter made it out with a few scratches and he was stuck between the door and the console. He says he remembers looking back and seeing his oldest daughter with her hair over her face and blood just pooring down. He and his daughter were in the ICU for several weeks. He broke his ribs and she had to get stitches in her forehead. Be cautious about other people on the road because it may seem like your driving safe but not so much for other people.

MH
Timpson High School

Rainy Summer Night

I had an amazing friend in high school but when we graduated, we went our separate ways but stayed in contact with on another. One Night, he went to pick up his girlfriend from her place of employment. It had been raining all day, both also wore appropiate gear that should be worn when riding a motorcycle. While driving, the motorcycle fishtailed and both went into the concrete barrier. Both flew off in different directions, she slide on the road a couple of feet, while he flew over the side and hit the highway below. He passed away on impact, but his girlfriend is still here. No others were involved. Remember when weather changes, such as rain, to be more cautious and pay attention to road conditions.

Robert
Timpson High School

Was it worth it?

In November of 2013 I woke up to about 10 missed calls from my brother. He told me that two of my cousins, Kip and Junior had died in a car accident. They were simply being boys, driving fast on a very curvy road. All I could do is to ask why them or pray that I would wake up from a bad dream. I was told that they died in an instant and since the car acught fire it was hard to even prove it was them. Speeding cost them their life. They will never get ti see their kids grow up.

Moesha
Timpson High School

The Seat Belt Regret

When my mother was a teenager, her, her sister, and two of their friends were in an accident. My mom who was driving, my aunt was in the passanger seat, and the two friends in the back. When the other car hit them, the two friends in the back didn’t have on their seat belt, and since it was a convertible, they flew on to the highway and skid a while. My aunt hit her head on the window and busted her head open and my mother broke her arm. To this day the biggest thing my mom regrets is not telling her friends to buckle up. Luckily no one died, but there were some traumatic injuries that could have been avoided.

Paytin
Timpson High School

DON’T DRINK & DRIVE

A couple years ago, my step-dad had gotten in a car wreck. He had been drinking and gotten sleepy at the wheel. He drove straight into a tree and his truck got totally jacked up. Luckily for him, he was uninjured and no one else got hurt. Someone was passing by and saw his truck and helped him out. He called us later that night to tell us what happened. My mom had answered and first he told us he was in a car wreck. so we didn’t know if he was okay so we were worried but then he said he didn’t get hurt and no on else was hurt and we were so relieved and grateful. So the big thing is DON’T DRINK & DRIVE.

CJ
Timpson High School

Tires and Branches

My dad was driving me and my younger brother to a relatives house one day. I noticed that he was speeding. I had warned him that he was going too fast. Not long after I told him to slow down we hit a fallen tree laying in the road. My dad had been going to fast to come to a stop before he hit the tree. Luckily none of us was hurt and the vehicle was not damaged. Since then my dad has not gone over the speed limit because something way worse could have happened that day.

MC
Timpson High School

Dig Deep Isa

At the end of January, the Hernandez family suffered a tragic accident. They were coming back from a baseball tournament for their youngest son Adrian. Adrian was with his dad at the gas station waiting for his mom, Pat, and siblings. On the way over there at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the mom and the two kids, Isa (15) and Pablo (13), were in a car wreck. A man was drinking and driving at 100 miles per hour and hit their car. Pablo died instantly at the scene. Isa and Pat survived, but Isa was badly injured. She was sent to the hospital. She went through surgeries and scans. She went from receiving 75% of oxygen from the machine to now on her own. Everyone prayed. Everyone went to see her at the hospital. Teens In the Driver Seat helped Isa get all the prayers she could get to survive. She is currently awake and smiling knowing that she is okay and that tons of people were there for her, as well as her brother Pablo. She isn’t 100% but she is recovering everyday little by little. Many charity’s have helped the Hernandez family overcome this obstacle.

http://www.kvia.com/news/13yearold-killed-in-crash-identified/24010426

Audrey

The Dangers

My uncle was coming home in his 18 wheeler and he saw something that caught his eye. It went out of conrol and he wrecked. He could barely move because his leg was stuck. There was oil spilling out of the truck and, he was lucky a teenage boy was there to help him out. He took my uncle to a hospital to get on new skin for his 3rd degree burns. Im glad he was still alive so he could share this story with me.

Elijah
Sugar Land Middle School

Sleepy behind the Wheel

It was late at night coming home from a 10 hour shift at work, I was exhausted and hungry and in a rush to get home and find something to eat. I was driving down the route I always take. I have taken that road more times than I can remember- I could do it with my eyes closed. During the long drive home accompanied by the quiet sounds of the radio and the dull view of the road and I felt myself slowly closing my eyes and the next thing I know, my car is up on a curb. Totaled. I instantly woke from my groggy state and was aware of the situation. Although, I made that trip more than a hundred times, I learned that it is unwise to drive when I am tired and should contact someone to pick me up.

~Dani
Creekview High School

Headlights and Music

The resonating beat hit me almost as hard as the hood of the car. I will never forget that day of summer my freshman year that taught me a lesson I would never forget. I was riding my bike across the street with a 4-way stop for the cars, when my all of a sudden I heard really loud music. I turned around and all I felt were headlights and booming music ramming into my spine. I fell on the hood of the car and a surge of pain rushed into my back. The driver had clearly been distracted with the loud Chief Keef music he was listening to and hadn’t paid attention to the stop sign. He nervously told me he would take me home right after he got a car bike rack from his house to take my bike. However, it was apparent an hour later that he had no intention of coming back. I was so scared but I didn’t know who to call or what to do. Luckily, my friend’s mom who lived in the neighborhood drove by and saw me. She pulled up and asked if I was okay and she called the cops for me to track the driver. The cop came and brought me home with my bike. I learned from the distracted driver’s actions and promised myself I would never endanger my own or another person’s safety by driving distracted. Hitting a car is not as fun as hitting the nae nae. Don’t drive distracted.

Jen
Creekview High School

Drinking and driving, is it worth it?

It happened out of nowhere, And it came to quick as well. I had just seen him not even a day ago before he was gone. It was almost to good to be true, One of my good friends that I grew up with was gone from drinking and driving, When I found out this news I didn’t believe it. But the more I saw people crying and telling me in the hallways that next day at school I knew it had to be true, My friend was only 19 years old before he was gone. He had suffered from a blow to the head rolling down a hill and he landed on the road. And the sad part was, was that he wasn’t even driving. He was the passenger. And the driver lived. My friend died because he decided to get into a car with a drunk driver rather than call his mom or get a sober driver. Drinking and driving, it’s not worth it. It really isn’t. Is it worth losing or dying from this? No. Now every time October 26, 2012 comes around, we are all reminded of the tragedy that happened that morning around 1. Drinking and driving, is it worth it?

BW
Lake Isabella, CA

January 19th

My friend Clayton and I were driving back to my house from his, which is just half a mile down the road from my house. I had made this drive hundreds of times, and I have never had any problems. I was ready to get home and i noticed there were no other cars so I decided to speed up a little. I was driving at about 75 mph and we were listening to music and I just glanced over to my left for a second when I heard Clayton yell at me, “We’re going off the road!” I looked over and saw that we were going off the road a little and in a panic i steered to the left, causing us to swerve. I heard a bang and I felt the car begin to slide. I closed my eyes and I kept feeling the back end of the car bounce off the ground. Things were flying all over the inside of the car and I just kept thinking, “I’m going to die!” The car finally stopped and we got out yelling as loud as we could for help. I called my mom and she asked what had happened but we had no idea of the damage we caused. It turns out we had flown off of the road, hit a trashcan, two culverts and a tree. The crash lasted only a few seconds though it felt like it lasted an eternity. The car is now totaled and the cop said that we are lucky to walk away from the crash with very minor injuries. The crash showed me that i am not invincible on the road like i thought i was. I never thought it would happen to me, until that night.

Hunter
Paris, TX

Somebody Was Watching

The disturbing call came at 5am in the morning during our Christmas break, 2012. I woke up and answered the call. My nanny was on the other end crying her eyes out. She told me that my cousin Allen and his girlfriend, Sam, were in a bad car crash involving them and a feed truck. Sam woke Allen up and started chewing him out because she was late for work. He told her he didn’t want to get on the icy roads, but she wouldn’t listen. So he woke up my other cousin, Jasmyne, to watch their baby while he took Sam to work. He took the back roads to her job, and went around a corner way too fast and hit a patch of ice. The car started to spin out of control. He caught a glimpse of the feed truck sitting in the middle of the road and he slammed on his breaks to try and stop. They swerved into a ditch and then back out onto the road and then slid backwards under the rear end of the feed truck. They were at the back of the feed truck and by the time the car came to a complete stop under the truck they were at the cab. He got out of the car and pulled Sam through the front window. After he pulled her out he collapsed in the road. Allen had three breaks in his back and one in his neck. Then after the swelling went down the doctors found another break in his back bringing the total of breaks to five. Sam just had staples in her head. I put the title as Somebody Was Watching because Allen is gonna be okay. He isn’t gonna be paralyzed. If Jasmyne had not watched the baby, the baby probably would not have lived. The car seat was in the middle of the road.

Chelsea
Paris, Texas