October 21, 2010

Our Lucky Day

Living in Colorado, I have learned how to drive a little differently.  How do you mean?  You ask.  Well, for example, when driving down a mountain pass, you have to "gear down" and don't coast in neutral.  (for those that are unfamiliar-you have to gear down to save the brakes... they can burn up and stop working!  And you don't want to coast in neutral because you may not be able to get it back in gear when you need to on a shady curve).    Or you always have to be on the look out for deer crossing the road or rabbits or elk or whatever.  These are some of the first things that us mountain drivers get taught when learning how to drive. 

Most of the time, these rules only apply when you are in the mountains.  In town, you are generally pretty safe.  You see where I am going with this? 

Today, on the way to work, the girls and I were jamming to some Christmas music and were just around the corner from my office when a deer ran across the road.  I slammed on the brakes and narrowly avoided hitting the animal, while the people going the opposite way weren't so lucky.

A woman driving a VW bug hit the deer.  She didn't have any time to react so she was going about 45 mph and hit it head on.  She was incredibly lucky that the deer didn't go through her wind shield.  The deer deflected off of her hood and flew no shorter than 30 feet in the air and 50 feet down the road.  She got out of the car unscathed, but was obviously shitted.  As was I!  I flipped around and got out of my car, ran up to her and hugged her to try to calm us both down!  We waited with her for the cops to show up.  They said that if I had hit it, given the design of my car, it would have gone through my windshield.   Luckily, we didn't hit the deer.

Unfortunately, or I guess what ever way you look at it, fortunately the deer didn't make it.


What IF? said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so glad you and the girls are all okay. What a close call.

WiseGuy said...

OMG! Glad you and the girls and the other lady are fine. Sad for the deer though.

mybumpyjourney said...

Holy Crap!!! That is so sweet of you to go hug her! I am glad you all are okay.

Lost in Space said...

How scary! I'm glad everyone was okay.