Wreck

It’s been an exhausting week of daily court hearings concerning the wreck our daughter Aurora was in 2.5 years ago. One fine October day in 2005 she was driving along the main highway to town for a bit of shopping when a delivery truck plowed into her small Toyota pickup. No one saw what happened. The first people on the scene was a firefighter and his wife who called 911 and then stayed with Aurora who drifted in and out of consciousness. The driver of the delivery truck told them, and the paramedics who quickly appeared at the scene, that he thought she was coming slow enough that he had time to make the left hand turn. Shortly thereafter his story was changed and the organization he worked for chose to believe his new version.

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Aurora has since suffered severe migraines, dizziness, light-sensitivity, and the worst is she now has an attention disorder which causes her not to remember information and directions. It gets worse under stress or fatigue. She works as a receptionist in a clinic that had to assign her a partner who follows up and double-checks her work. On the stand her supervisor admitted that they keep her only because she’s good with the patients and is a hard worker who tries her best.

In the meantime the insurance company was refusing to pay her mounting medical bills. She had to get a lawyer as a last recourse. We were hoping that when they knew the facts they’d settle out of court, sadly, they didn’t.

To prove that yes, she has suffered mild brain injury she had to endure many various tests, psychological, neurological, medical, plus her educational transcripts were obtained, work records evaluated, medical records scrutinized until she felt her privacy had been totally invaded.

We’re still stunned that she, the victim, was dragged through this grueling experience just to prove her innocence while the driver of the delivery truck briefly showed up for a brief examination on the witness stand, then quickly disappeared. No inspection of his work records, no psychological tests, no deep probing by counselors or neuropsychologists. Even prior driving records were barred from court. How is this possible?

She was proven innocent with compensation for all past medical and specialist bills. It doesn’t take away the grind and pain of the last two and a half years, the loss of privacy and trust and the ongoing migraines and attention problems.  But now she can focus on adjusting to her limitations and moving forward to the best of her abilities.

Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the assurance we have in Him that there’s a far better life waiting after we’ve shed these old clothes of this present place.

We are truly grateful!

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Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making them, as well as Great Wheels aka Walking Wheels. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing my fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays we try to set aside for worshiping God with our small Quaker meeting.

9 thoughts on “Wreck”

  1. Wow. What a story. I’m so sorry for all you and Aurora have been through – but glad that at least the court ordeal is now over with…

  2. Happy Easter! There is a beautiful hymn which begins,”I’m but a stranger here, Heaven is my home…” Yes, there is a far better place waiting for us. I am so glad that your daughter has been proven innocent and can try now to move forward. These last 2 years must have been very difficult for all of you.

  3. What a horrible story! That picture just makes me want to cry — I can’t imagine how terrified you were when you got the call. I am glad to hear that there is some closure to this part of the ordeal, and that now the possibility of moving into a new and more restful place is opening up. Hugs to both of you 🙂

  4. Mercy. Looking at the photo… gives me chills.

    I’m very glad that the court/justice (?!?) is over, I’m just so very sorry she was treated in such a pervasive manner.. when it was clearly not her fault to begin with… and compared to how the other driver was treated… wrong. just wrong.
    Sending healing love and prayer Aurora’s way, I hope that some of the issues/symptoms lessen in time.

  5. That’s an awful story, but I’m so glad the ordeal is done. I used to work with a woman who had a similar set of side effects to an accident–a constant stream of migraines which made it impossible for her to come to work regularly. She didn’t have the court ordeal that Aurora did, but from a relatively minor accident and a relatively slight bump on the head, her entire life changed. I’m so sorry.

  6. Wanda,
    My heart goes out to you and your daughter on so many levels on this one. Our family has had personal experience with brain injury, auto accidents and trials (a couple separate incidents)

    I won’t go into details here. It would not serve any good purpose. Other than to let affirm you: yep, it’s tough and emotionally draining.

    I’m so glad for you that you have faith. How do people get by without it?

  7. Wanda, I’m so sorry to hear about all this. But so very glad she was finally vindicated in court. I hope this will provide some closure.

  8. Wow, what a horrible thing to have happen to your family. So thankful that you have faith and know there is a place of perfection awaiting. God bless you all.

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