August 4, 2004  

curious082385 31F
4230 posts
5/11/2006 2:32 pm

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August 4, 2004

In response to [blog YukonPaul] suggestion. This is the second scariest moment in my life.

The rain continued to lash down in sheets, the ground misty with the rising humidity. Despite that, no one really slowed down....too used to driving in such conditions. When you live in Florida and such storms are a daily happening, you don’t have much choice but to get used to it, I suppose.
Everclear was on the radio, I remember, and I reached forward to turn it up, laughing at something Chris said.
The red car that was in front of us pulled to the right, into the exit lane. Suddenly, he must have realized he didn’t want to take this off ramp. Without looking over his shoulder, he swerved back into the main lane...right in front of us.
Chris swore and hit the brakes hard...the other car shot in front of us, missing our bumper by inches. The slick feeling of the wheels locking, slipping easily across the rain-flooded pavement. We were heading for the off ramp.
65 mph.
Too fast, I remember thinking, we are going to go over the side.
The sickening dread that pooled in my stomach as we slid over the edge of the off ramp and saw the lake waiting at the bottom of the slope.
“We are going to die,” Chris’ words were eerily calm.
The downpour had turned the hillside into a slope of slick mud and I couldn’t take my eyes off the speedometer as we slid, gaining speed.
70 mph.
80 mph.
We shot off the bank of the lake and flew for a second that spun into hours. The roar of the engine as the wheels spun without resistance. The flick flick of the windshield wipers. Music still coming from the speakers.

Chris’ arm shot out across my body to keep me from going forward into the dashboard as we slammed into the water, but my head cracked off the window, pain and colors exploding behind my eyes. We had hit with the bottom of the car, throwing up a wave that crashed down onto the windshield. I will never forget the hideous crunch of glass splintering, pressing down towards us with the force of the water that closed, dark and murky, over us. Cattails and reeds pushed against the windows in the darkness as if they were trying to get in.

The car bobbed back up to the surface, water level even with the windows, but pouring in through the vents and around the doors. Shook my head to clear the dull throb of pain as survival instinct kicked in. Water was already up to my knees.
“Windows,” Chris said, and I hit the button.
Hit it again.
“Doors then. Grab your stuff and be ready to move fast. Do it at the same time so the water comes in equally on each side...have to keep the car level. One. Two. Three.”
Pulled on the door handle. It was locked. Water lapping against the sides of my thighs now. Slammed my finger against the unlock button, then the manuel wouldn’t budge.
“The electrical system is shot. Fucking car locked us in.”
Panic rose hot and clawing in my throat. Drowning in an enclosed space is my worst fear and I could feel the water creeping towards my waist. I looked up.
“The sunroof.”
Chris looked up, then threw his seat flat back, curled his legs up and started to kick at the sunroof. Three kicks and it flew free. I ripped my seat belt off, grabbed my purse out of the water and scrambled out, dropping instantly to lay crosswise on the roof, not wanting my weight to tip the car sideways and cause it to sink faster. Chris shifted inside, grabbed the video camera and started to climb up after me.
The car took a nose dive and I slid across the roof, down the shattered windshield and into the water. He threw himself out of the sunroof as the car went down fast. His body slid over mine, pushing me under. The water sucked at me, trying to pull me down with the car, but it wasn’t displacing enough water to form a strong enough suction and I kicked up.

We were about 40 feet from shore and I flew through that water faster then I’ve ever swam before. Chris scrambled up onto the bank and pulled me up after him. I was shaking too hard to stand and slid to the ground. I heard him swear and looked up to see the streaks of blood on his shirt and it was only then that I tasted blood in my mouth. My forehead was bleeding from hitting the window and there were tiny cuts all down my arms from sliding down the windshield. I started crying and he pulled me into his lap, rocking me tight against his chest.

Everything became a blur then, the shouts of people as they ran down from the road, the rain, someone put a coat over me when I got dizzy and started fading in and out, sirens in the distance and being carried up the hill on a stretcher. As the shock wore off, I felt better and refused to go to the hospital. There was military gear in the trunk of the car and Chris had to stay to make sure it was all retrieved...I didn’t want to leave him. The tow trucks came, a diver swam down and hooked up a cable and they pulled our poor car out. It was then that we realized why we couldn’t get the doors open. The front end of the car had been pealed back like an orange and the two pieces were jammed against the doors. The license plate and front bumper were partially embedded in the passenger side door.

GoddessOfTheDawn 105F
11238 posts
5/11/2006 3:03 pm

~ tiptoez out with chillz all over ~

no wordz....

curious082385 replies on 5/12/2006 4:18 am:
Gave me chills writing it.

Blue_eyes_smile 42F

5/11/2006 3:22 pm

Oh yes, been there done that..just didn't wind up in the water...but I did hit a guard rail at 95 mph....all because of some jack ass in a mini van. taught me to be a more catious driver, I see brake lights in front of me I slow way the hell down...glad ya'll made it out ok!

curious082385 replies on 5/12/2006 4:19 am:
Thank you for the visit.
Yeah, it freaked me out for quite some time...I still get nervous on off-ramps.

rm_yukonpaul 51M
1120 posts
5/11/2006 7:04 pm

Any car accident at high speeds would be scary, but that could have killed you and Chris. I'm glad you're still around to tell up about it. Thanks for sharing.

curious082385 replies on 5/12/2006 5:34 am:
The really scary thing was that there was a memorial marker down the bank about 30 ft from where we went in. A man had died there because he rolled down the hill and his car was so compacted from the rolling that he couldn't get out when he hit the water. The cops said that, by going straight over the hill (instead of trying to make the turn and going sideways over the edge), Chris saved our lives that day.

seek_u_topia 50M

5/11/2006 7:53 pm

Oh my gosh...I can't imagine what that experience must have felt like, but your narative gives me a good idea of what happened, and that was scary. So glad you walked away from that one Curious. Wow. Do you ever feel that perhaps there was some sort of divine intervention? I'm not a religious person, but such situations sometimes make me wonder.

curious082385 replies on 5/12/2006 5:36 am:
Divine intervention? I don't know. Perhaps. I didn't feel any sense of being watched or taken care of while it was happening, although I have felt that a few other times in my life.

rm_kelli4u2dew 41F
5220 posts
5/11/2006 9:42 pm

That's pretty scary ... maybe I'll slow down a little ...

curious082385 replies on 5/12/2006 5:37 am: careful.

StillSmokin2oo6 44M/43F

5/11/2006 10:37 pm

I've been in a few wrecks but never in water,,shit,boat's scare me let alone being in a car in the water...

curious082385 replies on 5/12/2006 5:39 am:
Water isn't a big issues for me, except for underwater trees and drowning in enclosed space. Being in a sinking car certainly didn't help that fear.

Nightguy_1961 55M
4866 posts
5/11/2006 11:28 pm

I'm just glad that you're okay.....

NG61....fading back into the shadows....

curious082385 replies on 5/12/2006 5:41 am:
Thank am I.

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
5/12/2006 2:08 am

i'm glad your here to tell us the story

I'm a

i'm here to stay

curious082385 replies on 5/12/2006 5:55 am:
Me too.

Seriously_Real 48M

5/12/2006 9:01 am

It wasn't your time. The world is better for it, and will be for a long long time to come.

Thank you for sharing in a way with words that tell me you are right where and just what you should be.


HBowt2 58F

5/12/2006 11:22 am

That was really are one lucky person and quick thinking...glad you made it...

rm_cru1972 44M
4407 posts
5/12/2006 4:15 pm

Glad you made it. The world needs more people like you

elysianpleasure 47M

5/12/2006 9:20 pm

Just glad you are here...

And well written piece... you have a talent for telling a tale my friend.


plutonium1978 38M

5/12/2006 11:57 pm

You could title that..."Honest Poetry." I Love it. I am somewhat of a writer my self, but not that much anymore. You seem very down to earth. I hope you check out my page. Take care.

Very Respectfully, CJ

MaggiesWishes 59F

5/13/2006 2:42 pm

That's my worse fear. When I was an EMT ... Every time we did a water rescue, I would have nightmares.
Very glad you are here to tell your story, some don't make it out, and hopefully "other's" will slow the need for speed. Of course, some accidents are just that, accidents without an intended cause.

warm huggies 2ya little lady

rm_1rabbit4 32M
11 posts
5/13/2006 4:49 pm

ive been in several accedents they suck but make life exiting too

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