Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Special Wife






Thank you all for your kind words. Especially thank you to my wonderful wife Ashley. What a beautiful post below and she has been more than concerned and carring for me all day. Even though I feel fine and have no real signs of being hurt (she did notice my shoulder is getting bruised from the seat belt), she keeps insisting I rest, be preparred to be sore beyond believe tomorrow, and overall worried that something may still show up (physical or bacterial as I landed in swamp water in median).

I truly am thankful to God and all my angels. I am embarressed to say it looks much worse than how I feel. I do know I was lucky and side airbags kick butt! I'm also embarressed it is not some cool story how it all went down but here's what I feel happend as it happend so quick:

Started day at 5:45 AM at buddy's house in Hollywood,FL. Met with customer at 6:45 on way to Miami Convention Center. Spent day at IBEX show which is where potential customers come by our booth to learn more about our services. Instead of heading home after show as originally planned, went to dinner with various existing and potential customers so didn't leave Miami until 10:20. So around 12:30, 13miles from Ft. Myers exit, I was going through construction area. As Ashley always gets on me about, when I drive late and start getting tired, I ride the solid line on the side of the road. Well, next thing I know, I'm just about to hit those large orange construction barricades. Then I do exactly the wrong thing, swerving really hard and hitting the brakes (I so know better!). Plus, the roads were wet from raining earlier in the night. As soon as my tires hit the construction dirt on side of road (they are adding a 3rd lane to I75), there is just all this loud crashing noise and next thing I know, I'm laying on my side with my whole body under water but was only just covering my body not my head. Once I saw windshield destroyed, I knew I was okay and not in a pond or something and no more water would be coming in. (that was the only scary part of the whole thing, was AFTER the crash for those 2 seconds not knowing why laying in water). The side curtain airbags acted as a cushion on my side, so that really helped.

So I stand up and stick head out passenger window to see where I am. I'm in the middle of the median between north bound and south bound lanes and no one around. I see the construction workers ahead and the State Trooper lights but not heading towards me, as no one saw or heard the crash. I lost my phone in the water so I found my computer and it seemed dry inside my bag. I turned it on to use "Skype" to call Ashley but that's when I realized how much water was still dripping around inside the car and the computer was indeed wet. So I found my wallet and phone under water, loaded up my computer in backpack, climbed out the rear window to start walking to a phone. Ended up getting a construction worker and using his phone. They of course radio the State Trooper, which then in turn got the fire truck, etc. Since I didn't damage any public or private property (other than my own), I didn't get any tickets. A special thanks to PG for coming in middle of night to get me. I'm fine, cars not, so we are all good!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, Kevin! I am so glad you are OK. That could have been sooo much worse. God must have plans for you. Take care, hugs, love, and kisses to all of you.

Aunt Laura

Kristi said...

Kevin, that story was scarier than Ashley's post. I am so glad you are OK. Life only gets sweeter from here...

*pab said...

Lots of love to all of you today. God is always good. Always God is good. He was with you, and all of us, two nights ago; and it is our duty to thank Him and praise Him. In addition, I am begging you to please not lose the lesson from this incident. xxoo

Seth said...

Kevin, I'm super glad you came out of that without a scratch! Scary stuff, man.

Keysgal@QuietWater said...

I can only add my thankfulness that you are OK after this awful accident. I guess it is accurate when they say that accidents happen in split seconds of time. Looking at the pictures of the car makes me cringe but thank goodness you had the protection you did. Air bags are a wonderful thing! Love you.