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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Second Chance in Life



The phone in the living room has been ringing non-stop since 6am. Since we work 5 days a week, Saturday is a sleep in and rest morning, but not today as our sleep was interrupted. We both work in a critical care setting and we both needed good restful sleep at night to function well at work. Our main reason we do not keep a phone in our bedroom is to keep us from being disturbed by telemarketers in the middle of the night. This phone call was different; we knew something was wrong for somebody to call at 6am on a Saturday. I picked up the phone and the frantic voice on the other line said, “Your son got into an accident”. The message numbed my entire body and I dreaded to hear the next few lines expecting the news to turn sour. I managed to stay calm, but I was very nervous. I asked how he was doing and after hearing that he was okay—just bruises for the most part. The caller, a stranger but a witness to the accident said he was being treated in the emergency room for broken ribs and bruises on his chest from the seatbelt. When the call was over, I breathed a sigh of relief.

The next phone call was to my attorney friend.I needed to seek legal advice because the accident was caused by a “driver under the influence of alcohol”. My son and grandmother were driving late in the afternoon to attend a church event. The event was in the country where it was very dark. They approached a cross street with a stop sign when a black pickup truck failed to stop hitting the grandmother’s car on the driver’s side at a high rate of speed causing the car to spin several times landing on the drivers side. My son was buckled up and sleeping in the back of the car at the time of the accident. It was the loud noise of the collision that woke him and immediately he started trying to unbuckle his seatbelt and get out of the tilted car. His grandmother was unresponsive and still strapped on her seatbelt. Somehow the paramedics were on the scene within a couple minutes quickly extracting them from the car and transporting them to the closest hospital emergency room. My son was okay but the grandmother required surgery for a broken hip, leg, and fractured ribs. She will heal, but with her age it will take months for her to recover.

 

These are photos of the car after the accident. 



The police investigation found the other driver was intoxicated three times over the legal alcohol limit. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and then booked in the county jail for driving under the influence.


If you live in Cincinnati and the surrounding counties and believe that criminal charges are about to be filed against you or you need to file a criminal charge, it is always a benefit to call and speak with a Cincinnati lawyer for advice and guidance. Scott A. Rubenstein is a reputable criminal defense attorney with twelve years of experience in both the trial and appellate courts of Southern Ohio. Atty. Rubenstein focuses his practice on all criminal and OVI/DUI matters.

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(This is a true story that happened 10 years ago. My son is now eighteen years old and in college. Everyday I thank and praise God for giving him second chance in life. By JRJ)











10 comments:

  1. It must have been very stressful for you.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. A very good reminder of how vulnerable we all are.

      Thanks Filip for visiting!

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  2. I am glad your son and the grandmother survived. It must have been a scary experience, looking at the totalled car, so thankful to know the passengers inside survive. Thanks for the info about lawyer too, some of my in laws are in Cincinatti and this would be helpful information.

    Thanks Chay and Jeff for sharing.

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    1. I dread the road everyday and especially late night driving. I just hope that no one has to go through this and that all drivers be responsible not only for their safety but others as well.

      Howdy Beth !

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  3. oh, Praise GOD your son was given a second shot of life. i wish papa was still alive too. i now have phobia of car accidents. :(

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    1. Oh sorry to hear about your dad CC. Yeah this is something we never take for granted, we praise and thank God that His hands were upon them when this accident happened.

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  4. It always saddens me that someone would drink and drive - DUH!! Thank God your son and his grandmother survived but they should not have gone through that!!

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    1. Thanks Judy. I totally agree with you, wish people would be more responsible when they are behind the wheel.

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  5. My dad was killed by a drunk driver 25 years ago, and back then the law wasn't all that strict either.

    I'm so so glad that your son and grandmother escaped this tragic event! God keeps them safe.

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  6. What an interesting subject. I learned something today.

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