It was a fender bender. We were in town and stopped at a traffic light waiting for the "arrow" to signal we could turn left when the car across from us began to roll forward (not really speed, but like taking off from a stop when the light turns green), but she didn't maintain her lane, almost ran down some pedestrians who scrambled out of the way and came into our lane and whacked my daughter's car.
The next 30 seconds I think I had about 50 emotions. First, I checked on the baby. Second I put my husband in charge of the baby, next I followed my furious daughter who was exiting the car. I too was furious that some idiot just ran into us. The passenger had also exited the car that hit us. He screamed "she passed out". My daughter and I immediately switched from anger to concern and rushed to her. Well it turns out she DID pass out, it also turns out that her passing out had NOTHING to do with a medical emergency that was the first leap of thinking my daughter and I did. It was 7:30 ish PM and she was so sloppy drunk she couldn't even exit her car. Emotions then circled from shock, outrage, concern, pissed off... you name it and I felt it.
Still have no idea what her name is or if she is insured. When you wreck in small town America on a Friday night you get the police report on Monday. What I do know if that woman is incredibly lucky that my 5 month old grandson wasn't harmed (by the way he will be seeing a doctor on Monday to confirm that because any time an infant is in an accident they should be examined. My daughter has also ordered a new car seat, because anytime a baby's car seat has been in an accident Chico (the manufacturer) recommends replacement.
The emotion I am left with this morning is anger. I am beyond being upset about the fact that my daughter's car (which is fairly new) is damaged, but more that some dumbass (sorry for the language, but that's a nice as I can feel about her) put other people's lives at risk. I fully intend to make sure that she loses her license for the maximum possible time. She not only made a very bad impaired decision after she was drunk and still decided to drive she also made an equally irresponsibe decision to go out and drink when she knew she'd be driving herself when she left that bar. She openly admitted to drinking shots to the police right in front of us. She did however refuse to take a breathalyzer.
I hope she has some regrets now that she's had time to sober up. I'll end this with a whole hearted plea to each of you to not only NEVER drink and drive, but also a request that you share this message. You'd think people would be responsible enough to not drink and drive, it's just not so. They need reminding.