Friday night, I had a pickup from an accident scene. The dispatch came at the request of APD. Not really sure what to expect, it took me a bit to find the actual site which was just east of I-35 on Slaughter lane.
When I pull up to the scene, I could sense the relief from the officers at my arrival. They all tell me to go to the front cruiser.Â As I pull up to the cruiser, I see the cause of the commotion. I cannot tell you what kind of car it was. It looked like an accordion. The driver’s door was off, the airbags had deployed. There were all kinds of fluids everywhere and a door was a few feet away from the frame of the car.
When the officer in the lead cruiser sees me, she gets out and opens the back passenger door. This guy gets out and casually strolls over to my cab.Â Now, I’m really not sure what to think.Â The officer comes over to my side, asks me if I speak Spanish (I do) because my passenger only speaks Spanish and whether I know where_______ street is because that’s where this guy is going.Â As we pull away from the scene, I ask the guy what happened, and he tells me.
Turns out, he was at home, on his phone when his cousin pulls up in his car with a friend of his and tells him to get in.Â Not really sure of where they’re going, he gets in the back seat of the car and keeps talking on the phone.Â At some point, he realizes that his cousin is drunk, almost at the same time, he asks his cousin to slow downÂ since he’s driving “kinda fast.”Â He tells me that they are going well over 100 miles an hour when they go through the traffic light eastbound under the freeway.Â Just so you know, the posted speed limit is 35 mph in this area.Â He tells me that as they started to go around the uphill turn just after the intersection his cousin lost control of the car.Â They flipped over several times, took down 7 trees (they were small trees) and came to a stop where I found him.Â He says his cousin was unconscious, as was the passenger in the front seat.Â He says he got checked out by EMS and refused medical service, the front seat passenger regained consciousness and was taken away by EMS.Â His cousin, the driver, was pronounced dead at the scene.
I was flabbergasted.Â I was also amazed that this guy walked away from the accident.Â The car was unrecognizable, all the tires were flat and not a single body panel was undamaged.Â Simply amazing.Â This guy was so deadpan about what happened, I think he was in shock.
I think the lesson is: “don’t drink and drive”.Â Followed by the equally poignant “don’t get in a car with a driver that has been drinking”.