VIEWPOINT - The Circle Check
I would like to share this story with you about what happened to me last weekend.
There was a wedding and I was supplying the sound system. I had my SUV loaded with music gear and unloaded for the wedding and then parked out on the road. After the wedding at 2 AM I went to get my vehicle which was parked about a block away. I needed to drive it back into the reception area to load up my equipment. By chance, my son’s fiancé was walking out of the wedding as well and as I was giving the two of them a ride home I asked if she wanted to jump into my vehicle with me and wait there while I loaded in the equipment. More just for the convenience than anything.
We walked the block to the vehicle and then as I was parked relatively close to the ditch she went to get in on the driver side passenger door; I said for her to jump in the front. She agreed and walked around the front of the vehicle thereby tripping over a young female wedding guest who was passed out. I couldn’t possibly have seen her as she was lying almost under my bumper with her head under the left front wheel.
If I would have driven forward I would surely have driven over her head and neck. I was shaking and so thankful we had discovered her. She was breathing very deeply and extremely hard to get up and to safety. My knees were shaking and I literally thanked God.
I’m not a consumer of alcohol so obviously don’t drink and drive but shudder to think of all the what ifs. I really don’t know if there is some kind of defensive driving that can address this type of issue? Man I am thankful.