May 15th, 2016
May 15th, 2016, I remember this day like it was yesterday. The events that transpired that day will forever be engraved in my mind. The day started like any other, but it was the ending that made this date never leave my mind. But, like any good story you must start at the beginning. I woke up to the bright morning light piercing my eyes. I groaned and took my first step of the day onto the cold hardwood floor of my bedroom and made my way a short distance to the kitchen. The clock read noon, my heart skipped a beat and I scrambled out the door, I was late for lunch with a few close friends. When I arrived I was greeted with happy news, my best friend just got her license. We were all ready to eat when she had the idea of driving us a short distance to show how good she was. “What could go wrong” we all thought. All 5 of us pack into her car, max out the music and head on our way. The next minute felt like an hour. One second we were all singing, laughing, dancing and the next my head was hitting the ceiling, glass was hitting my face, I was upside down. We had hit a pole, we were going 50 in a 30, we didn’t know, we weren’t paying attention. I instantly scream, yelling out to my friends to see if they are okay. 4 responses. I yell again desperate for that 5th response but nothing again just the now mumbled radio and a faint sound of police. My vision goes black and I wake up in the hospital. A doctor walks in and I could tell on his face that he was going to say my friend was dead just hours after her big day. My best friend died too young and I very well could of died with her. Nobody is exempt from a tragedy like this but there are measures you can take to prevent it. No matter how good your music is, keep it low. No matter how fun it is to drive with friends don’t let it distract you. With this you can protect yourself and the people you love the most.
When I was 15 years old my friends and I decided to go for a ride with my friend who just got her license. What felt like a harmless fun trip resulted in the death of my dearest friend Madison. I don’t want anyone to go through this type of situation and sharing my story seemed like the best way of making sure of that.