My son was nearly hit by a car

@ronaldinu (12439)
Malta
January 27, 2009 3:39pm CST
My wife called me early this morning before I started work that our son was nearly hit by a car. We can consider it as a near miss. She drove him to school and he had to cross the road. She was watching him to cross the road. Our son is really cautious but he was going to cross the road between two parked cars. One of the cars started the engine and the driver was going to reverse when he heard my wife screaming. Thank God it was a near miss. I am still shaking when I am writing this discussion. Anyway to make this post a kind of discussion, have you ever been involved in a car accident?
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
28 Jan 09
What a horrible shock for your family, Ronaldinu - I bet your heart is still thumping. I was once hit by a taxi coming out of a concealed driveway - I was on my bicycle, and was actually pregnant and didn't know it. I was very lucky not to have been badly hurt, but was very shocked and frightened. It just shows how quickly something can happen and change our lives forever.
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@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
28 Jan 09
I think these near misses are a glessing in disguise. Such episodes make us aware of what we are frail human beings....so we must appreciate those who are around us... because they are with us one minute and in another they can depart to the other world.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
10 Feb 09
Hi there ronaldinu I have never been involved in a car accident and fortunatley no one I know has been in one either. My eldest son has come close a couple of times to being knocked over. He was only about 2 years old and was holding onto the pram. I was walking with my friend and when she went another way and crossed over the road he let go the pram and walked across the road to follow her. I shouted out to him and luckily no cars were coming! I felt sick for the rest of the day. I did something simular another time too. He is easily distracted and even now that he is 8 I still don't permit him to cross roads on his own.
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@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
13 Feb 09
My wife was a lot worried that this accident happened because my son is Asperger's. I tried to convince her that it is a normal thing that 8 yr olds are absent minded and don't know the road hazards.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I call these near hits because he was missed, thank God!! Oh, how scared they both must have been. His angels were surely watching over him. I have been in a few minor accidents but one I had is when I flipped my car off the road when I hit black ice. If someone does not know what black ice is, it is when the road is black or gray and water that freezes in such a thin sheet of ice that it looks just like a wet road, but it is ice. My car swerved all over the road, hitting a few mailboxes, slid off the road and started to flip over. Only at the last minute, before it went on the roof, did it fall back on the wheels again because I hit a mound of dirt that kept it from rolling down the hill. My engine ripped off the motor mounts and my two front tires ended up facing each other. My shoes, my purse and front mirror ended up in my back seat. That was about 14 years ago. It scared the poop out of me at the time but I was okay, except for some wrenched muscles. It was a good thing that I wear a seat belt. I ALWAYS wear a seat belt. When I walk between parked cars and in parking lots, I always look to see if someone is in the car before I walk in front of or behind it and listen for the engine or make them aware of me being there.
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@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
30 Jan 09
Thank God your son wasn't hit. That guy who was going in reverse should have looked before he set his car in motion. That wasn't very smart of him. If he keeps that up he'll find himself in deep doo doo and just might spend some jail time. I remember when I was living in Tijuana, Mexico. In the neighborhood where I lived I was crossing the street. I mean, I'd lived there long enough to know the neighborhood and to know that it was a two way street, but, for some reason I wasn't thinking and after only looking one way I commenced to crossing the street not knowing that there was a car heading right toward me. Everyone was screaming and yelling and I just froze, afraid to turn my head, fully expecting to get hit. Incredibly enough, after all the tire screeching, the car was actually able to stop and people everywhere were asking me if I was okay. Talk about shaken! I know God was looking out for me that day! The more people I meet the more I love my cat :) Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
31 Jan 09
Hi kellyjeanne these near misses makes us aware that there is someone watching over us from above.
@pergammano (7691)
• Canada
28 Jan 09
OMG...ronaldinu, that conjured up so many memories of my Wednesday, last week when my son was hangin over the cliff in his truck! You are shaking, and rightly so, but I think you will be amazed at the energy this stress uses up....tonite you will be absolutely exhausted, your wife too.....There is NO fear, like our children in harm's way! I, SO emphathize with you! Angels were watching over you and your's! I am so glad things are O.K.!
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
28 Jan 09
Hi pergammano, thanks for your sympathy. Yes I remember your post about your son's accident. These episodes in your life makes you treasure life and your family members more.
@rocker21 (2717)
• India
28 Jan 09
oh ... thanks to your wife not god!
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
28 Jan 09
We might have different beliefs. I do agree that my wife played important part since her screams and shouts helped to attract the driver attention. However as a believeR i do think that here is a guardian angel who protects us from evil.
@GAUCI123 (1042)
• Malta
3 Feb 09
Well he sure had a fright, and I am really glad that nothing happened. My sister once was hit by a car, she was around 10 years old and was going to the museum. She crossed the road and a car hit her and she feel of the floor. Fortunatley she only hit her really slowly so she was not that hurt. However she had a good fright, since she cried a lot and it had passed a bit of time since she went again by herself to the museum.
• India
3 Feb 09
That was close. Being hit by a car.. Hmm.. Never, but have been hit by motorbikes considering that there are more 2 wheelers in India than cars and such. Have been hit many a times, but never seriously. It always make you appreciate life more and more when you go through such a thing and live another day. bourne
@cyberfluf (5004)
• Netherlands
3 Feb 09
I consider myself lucky, because up till now I have never been in a car accident. This sounds really spooky and I imagine you got the scare of your life hearing so, and your wife even more allmost wittnessing it! I did hear about a child being hit by a car in the parking lot at school. I believe the car reversed and didn't look; it was their own child. He was lucky to survive as he got ran over for as far as I could make up from the messages in the local news paper. He had to rehabilitate for a long time but is back to school and healthy by now.
@yuna15 (2707)
• Philippines
1 Feb 09
I'm glad to hear that he didn't get hit by the car. Good thing your wife was there to to scream at the driver. I haven't been involved in any car accident thank goodness. There are a few times though that I almost got hit. Which was actually mostly was my fault. Thank goodness nothing bad happened.
@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
31 Jan 09
ohh my god! i never have experience and hopefully will not.in your son case its dangerous.many this time are crazy drivers.we must be very careful.i cant imagine if my little girl like that.maybe i could hit the car plus driver.
• United States
30 Jan 09
yeah i have been involved in quite a few.. all with other cars hitting cars i was in.. most by not paying attention and braking so they slam right into us.
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
30 Jan 09
Thank goodness your son was alright and that the other driver heard your wife screaming. There is nothing more terrifying for the child, parent or even the other driver when these sorts of things happen, as everyone is shaken up and imagines what could have been. Although I am not sure what happened in this instance, it can be that sometimes a child is small and so the driver just simply does not see them. It can happen all too easily unfortunately. I am a truck driver and nothing scares me more when I have to deliver to say a supermarket and when the truck is unloaded in or neat the car park. For some reason children are “attracted” to what is going on, to have a look in the back of the truck or watch the forklift driver in action. Unfortunately often the parents are not around or not close and that can be darned scary. Even if we yell at the children we can end up in all sorts of trouble, often accused of “abusing” them when in fact we are only trying to protect them. If I have to deliver to a supermarket, I much prefer to do it early morning before the customers with children are around or of an evening. At those times it is much safer for everyone involved. There are times when just driving in and out of the unloading area is fraught with potential disaster. Worse than driving a car and we need eyes not only in the back of our heads but on both sides as well. Children can dart in and out of the smallest places so quickly, it is almost unbelievable. I do hope that your son is okay and not concerned about the near miss, althoiugh I expect that it shook both you and your wife up fairly badly.
• Philippines
29 Jan 09
I truly understand how a father could feel in a situation like this, we are even felt bad for friend we know such incident would happen, I am glad your son was okay. I think he too has a lesson learned in this incident. Drivers might as well be cautious in their driving.
@littleowl (7157)
29 Jan 09
Hi ronald am really glad your son is safe and that nothing happened to him...the only time anything like this has happened to me and of recent, is that I have just lost my concentration at times especially crossing the roads and one day was going to cross the road in the village I got half way across when I realised that there were cars zooming by me..fortunatly there was one person who stopped to let me cross the rest of the road and also I didn't get hurt either..littleowl
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
28 Jan 09
My daughter has been involved in three car accidents within two weeks time. She is somewhat ok. I have to take her back to the doctor tomorrow. Her ankle is giving her pain and problems. I am glad to know your son is okay. It is scary to try and raise our children nowadays.
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
28 Jan 09
When my brother was real young about 6 or 7 he was on his bike. This guy who was a friend of my dads at the time was fighting with my dad. He jumped in his car and backed up without checking. My brother was under the back bumper and his bike was under the wheel. My dad and mom were hitting the car telling him to stop. The guy didn't hurt my brother but i don't know if my parents called the cops or not. He could of really hurt him or killed him.
• India
28 Jan 09
hoo its really a god gift then....u r lucky ...no i never faced anyaccidents till now...
@SueD823 (371)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I've only been involved in minor accidents....it is my worst fear. OMG, I am so sorry for that fear that you are feeling. The "what-if's" will get you now. It is hard not to think what could have happened. I believe our greatest fear as a parent is losing our children. I am sitting here so sad for the way you and your wife must be feeling. Be sure to talk to your son about it later and make sure he's okay emotionally. He needs to talk about it, too. I'm sure you know this, but all to often we just want to move on and forget about it as soon as possible. My prayers of safety for your family are with you. Bless you and Thank God.
@cbreeze (1207)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I've been in several car accidents while inside of a car. That's disturbing enough. But when my daughter was 4 years old, she was hit by a car. She was with her dad after they left church. He left her with other children playing on the sidewalk as he crossed the street to get his car. When she looked up and saw him walking away, she thought he was leaving her. She ran after him straight out into a busy street. A car stuck her. They say her body went up in the air and crashed down hitting the bumper of a parked car before hitting the pavement. They say her body was twisted and broken, laying in an unatural manner. When everyone started screaming and gathering around her, the pastor of the church told them all to shut up and ordered them to their knees to pray. My ex-husband said that as the pastor prayed her body just started snapping back into place and that she woke up crying. She spent eight days in the hospital where they were observing her because she had a torn spleen which healed on its own. She's 24 years old now and very healthy.