When I was a teenager, I watched a Ford Mustang go toe to toe with a Grand Marquis right in front of me at about 50 mph. The girl driving the Mustang was also a teenager (I didn't know her). She began swerving back and forth like a pendulum and eventually crossed over and went head on with the Grand Marquis. It was like her steering got locked after she repeatedly over-corrected or something.
I stopped to help while the police/first responders were on their way (it's the Eagle Scout in me). The girl in the Mustang was pinned in her seat. I'll never forget that picture in my mind or the smell of the airbag. I'll spare you the details, but it's an image burned into my mind. The guy driving the Grand Marquis basically had an engine in his lap, but he was relatively okay. He had two kids in the back seat, and thankfully they walked away with bumps and bruises only. Also thankfully, everyone was belted in properly.
The officer asked if the driver of the Mustang was drunk. I didn't know the answer to that one. Before this happened, she was driving just like every other car on the road. So I'll never know what caused her to do what she did (mechanical problem, medical problem, impaired, tired ...) This was before Cell phones, so I doubt she was distracted, but it could have been the radio I guess.
It took me a while to get comfortable behind the wheel again after that. Because of that, I'm ALWAYS on my toes watching what other people on the road are doing. If I see something funky, I decrease speed and move away from it immediately.
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