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As a parent we hope to never receieve a call saying your child was in an accident. Last night my phone rang after midnight. My daughter said we were in an accident and every one was alright. She was planning on spending the night at friends anyway so we said we would pick her up in the morning.

The story was not a good one on how this happened so I thought I would share it with others so they can talk to their kids. They were already at the friends house and it after 11. They decided to go play a game called ding dong ditch. When they went outside they heard voices and discovered the boys were there egging one of thier cars.

Mistake #1 They ran for their car and gave chase.

Mistake #2 There were 7 of them in a 6 passenger car.

Mistake #3 None of them wore a seat belt, which they are ussually very good at doing.

Mistake #4 The chase began and they followed the boys down a dead end street, now they have them!

Mistake #5 After the boys simply turned around in the cul de sac, they continued pursuit.

Mistake #6 They were going too fast!

Mistake #7 The speed prevented them from making a corner and they spun the car and headed for the ditch. Mistake #8 This occurred in a residential neighborhood.

End result was the car took out a 6 x 6 post, some fencing and stopped when it hit a tree. The girls paniced when they saw smoke, most likely antifreeze from the radiator. They had been pinned in the back seat as the rear passenger door was against the tree. Once they all were out and back on the street, they called the boys to rescue them. The boys brought them back to the home they were spending the night at and they started to call home.

Blessing #1 Other than a few scrapes and bruises, the girls were protected by God.

Blessing #2 Many lessons were learned and they owned up to their responsibility for what happened.

Blessing #3 The cause of the egging was shown to be very minor compared to the forgiveness shown to them on the cross. I believe they will all grow closer together as friends because of this incident.

Blessing #4 These are all great kids who seldom cause any problems and we love them.


Disappointed, angry, thankful and blessed parent.


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Marty Remo
RE/MAX Benchmark- Marty Remo-CDPE, E-Pro - Monroe, NY
HV Home Team

Thank God everything turned out ok. We all did stupid things as kid..Hopefully we learned from our mistakes

Nov 22, 2008 09:22 AM #1
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

You and your wife are some very lucky parents! Your daughter and her friends got a second chance...hopefully they'll learn from it.

Nov 22, 2008 09:23 AM #2
Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

I am glad you have lots of patience.

Nov 22, 2008 09:23 AM #3
Dean Moss
Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL - Chicago, IL
Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team

Joel -

Thanks for the share.  Kids will be kids I guess - I know I was, and you probably were, too!

Glad no one was seriously hurt.  Count your blessings!

And I guess your daughter will think twice or three times before doing something like this again.


Nov 22, 2008 09:23 AM #4
Randy Simmons
Q's Cleaning Services Inc. - South Holland, IL
Where Q stands for Quality

I'm just glad everyone was ok

Nov 22, 2008 10:06 AM #5
Jason Fleming
Jason Fleming Agency INC - Coon Rapids, MN

I will never want to recieve that call when I am a parent.  As said earlier... we all did stupid things as children.  I am glad everyone is ok!

Nov 29, 2008 04:45 AM #6
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Thanks be to God!  So glad nobody was seriously injured but it could have been tragic.  I hope all the parents were strong enough to administer some serious consequences.  Being so grateful for safe children does not negate the need for tough love.

Dec 02, 2008 12:32 AM #7
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

I guess that you could be grateful for the results not being what they could have been, but I tend to agree with Marian.  Even though the kids were not injured, there still needs to be some consequenses for their actions.  After all, some people don't get a second chance.

Dec 07, 2008 05:39 AM #8
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