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First Bad Driving Experiences

For seniors a lot has happened in their lives.  From first kiss to graduating.  Not everything in our senior lives has been so ‘flowerly’.  There are also first accidents/car crashes.

Jordan Bjorklund

“Me and my boyfriend were at the intersection by Target [in Buffalo] we had a green light and the car on the oncoming traffic looked far away but he wasn’t.  Both of us tried to stop but it was too icy out so we ended up hitting each other.  So then we called the cops and when they came they asked us where the dope was ‘cause I guess our truck smelled like it.  So they searched our truck and this one female cop said to us “ I’m going to give you one more chance to be honest with me” but we didn’t even have any dope on us!  We were clean.  So then I got a ride home in the cop car and they told us [my boyfriend and I] that he [boyfriend] would be going to jail.  But later he called me and he told me that the one cop dropped him off at Walgreens.”

Kyle Gerdes

“Me and my brother-in-law were at Chipotle. The car battery died, so we called my step-dad to come jump us. Afterwards we decided to go to Subway for cookies. I was driving and didn’t see the patch of black ice as I was coming up to a stop sign. I hit the brakes to stop but  just kept going through the stop sign. I hit someone -a mom and her son- in the passenger rear side. The mom freaked out and called the cops and the boys father. The cop came and ran my permit and brother-in-laws license. They called the tow truck for there car because the body of the car went in the tire so the tire couldn’t rotate. The cop made me call my parents because I was a minor. Then I was just told to go home.”

Sherie Seppala

“Last summer my family planned a day to go to a waterpark as a family get together. My brother asked me if he could ride with me to my sisters house because I was driving separate. I told him to go ask mom but while he was asking I just left. I don’t know why, but I just did. On the back roads to Monticello I stopped at a stop sign to check my gps. Normally I would have taken a right but since I didn’t know where I was going, I followed the gps straight. I put my phone back on the seat. Continuing on I got to an S turn. All of a sudden I sneezed just as I was rounding the gravel corner and lost control. I did a 180 and flipped twice down the embankment. Landing upside down, I panicked because it was really hard to get out and my cell phone had flown out the window and the car landed on it. Finally managing to crawl to the back side door that wasn’t squashed I got out. A nice lady and man came by and helped me clean up the blood and call the cops and my parents.”

Andrew Novotny

“I was at work and I was let off to go home, and before I left we were all talking about car crashes and I said that I’ve never been in one.  Then like five minutes later as I was driving I got in one by my house.  That day it was snowing really heavily.  There was this lady who was trying to catch up to her husband in his vehicle (she was driving separate from him) and she started to come into my lane.  So I went into the opposite lane so I could avoid her but we ended up hitting each other.  Both our passenger sides were hit so no one got hurt but her daughter was screaming during the crash.”

Taylor Simone

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

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