They say your life flashes before your eyes whenever you encounter a near-death experience, and I can attest that unlike most sayings, this is true. I was heading home from my friend’s house at 3:30 pm. Around 2 minutes into the drive my phone buzzed. Since there were no cars around I decided to forgo what my drivers’ ed instructors drilled into me and picked up my phone. Turns out I left my bag at my friend’s house, again. After reading his text, I decided to text him back so that he could return my bag to me tomorrow. That was the spark that ignited the fire. Little did I know that while I was clicking send an intersection was dead ahead, and my lane had a red light. I put my phone down just in time to see what I was about to run into multiple 5-15 ton behemoths traveling at 60 miles per an hour. I had two options, try my luck with the metallic monsters before me or swerve. Therefore, I did what any reasonable person would do, swerve. I think the car rolled about 8 or 9 times, but to be frank this is not a reliable estimate since I lost consciousness at five. However, if I had a choice I would have lost consciousness at one since it would have saved me a lot of pain, emotional pain to be specific. You see, every time the car rolled I was in a different time and place. The first time it rolled I was 1, taking my first steps. The second time it rolled I was 5, sitting in my father’s lap while he read me a bedtime story. All the other times the car rolled followed this pattern: me reliving a cherished childhood memory. A couple of days after the crash I woke up in a hospital bed with my friends and family surrounding me. The doctor said I was lucky; in fact, he was amazed I even survived. It’s really painful reliving this story as I write it down, but I need to do it for your sake. I not only want to save you from making the same mistake I made but from all the pain that comes with it as well.
This is a story written from the perspective of a character who decided to text and drive. In it, the character gives an account of both the events that lead to the car crash and occurred during and after the crash.