a post by my Mom...
Picture yourself driving to the Salt Lake City airport on I-80 westbound at 5:15 AM on Sunday, the 16 of August, 2009. You are cruising along in the middle lane visiting with your spouse who needs to be at the airport for a 7 o'clock flight to Kansas City. He is going to see his dad who had a massive stroke on the previous afternoon and is in a coma. You pass the Junction at Park City and are at Jeremy Ranch when you check the rear view mirror of your Subaru car, again. Horror of horrors, a vehicle is approaching in your lane at the rate of a speeding bullet! What do you do? Will the other driver realize what is happening and go off the road, will he hopefully change lanes? Should you change your path? SORRY, the "think time" is up! You have just been hit by a drunk driver going 110 MPH in his BMW.
You have just pictured the real scenario of Ashley and Brian.
When the Subaru they were driving stopped spinning and was in the median, they immediately talked with each other to be sure they were both OK. Then they went to check on the driver of the other car. The car was there, the keys were in the car, but the driver had fled on foot. Brian immediately phoned 911 and Ashley phoned a friend to come take Brian on to SLC to the airport. Brian seems to have no problems from the accident. He did not know it was coming and was relaxed - they say you are better off that way. Ashley, seeing it coming, ended up with a whip lash down her neck and back and just stiff and sore all over.
The police looked high and low for the driver. There was a cooler full of beer and an open bottle in his car. They could not find him. They were very kind to Ashley and since the EMT's checked her over and found her vitals were normal and she had no headache, they took her home. The Subaru was totaled.
The low-down on the driver is that his behavior, even before this accident, earned him the label by the police as "a bad man". He has quite a record of wrong doing with the law and currently has a warrant for his arrest for a felony charge. He WILL be dealt with to the full extent of the law.
At a time like this we again affirm our faith in our GOD. We thank Him for the protective hedge He had around Brian and Ashley to keep them from harmful injuries or death. Their eight young children still need them and we are so grateful that they were spared! We do serve an awesome God and we must remember to thank HIM in all things. God has blessed them in so many ways not the least of which is through family and friends who have been very comforting, supportive, and loving at this time.
(my mom came up Sunday and took care of me and my children while I spent most of the day in bed with ice on my neck, Brian in KC with his Dad. The children had a wonderful time with her. She blessed us tremendously - like always! Thanks for "filling in" on my blog)
(Love you Mom!)