Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wee Hours Wake-Up Call

At 12:30 this morning, Dan hears a noise, but doesn't think anything about it. He drifts back to sleep, then the phone rings and wakes both of us. It's our neighbor, Lorraine, across the street. She says that something "strange" has happened in our driveway.

Tim spent the night with us, because he was to leave very early this morning for the airport to start his Hawaii vacation. He had parked his car in our driveway. We went to the front window and tried to make sense out of what we saw -- a badly damaged car, not Tim's, sitting sideways at the lower end of our driveway and, from our viewpoint, what looked like Tim's car, also damaged, sitting up by the garage doors.

We called 9-1-1, and were told that someone else had already reported it and that the police were on their way. We stayed inside until the police arrived, because we didn't know who might be out there. While we waited, Tim woke up and wanted to know what was happening. We really didn't know much, but broke the news to him that his car had been hit.

The police arrived quickly and were so nice. We went out and assessed the situation. The out-of-control car jumped the curb, on the up-hill side of our driveway, plowed across the sidewalk and into our driveway, hit Tim's car, spun it 90 degrees, and stuffed it into our garage doors on the opposite side of the driveway.

Wow! Lots of police cars at our house!

The other car

Tim's car

Tim's damage

I began reassuring Tim that he would still make it to the airport to start this trip he's been dreaming of. I told him I would drive him. He was planning on leaving our house at 3:30 a.m. But there were two big obstacles to my plan. Number one was that his luggage was in his trunk, and not accessible. And, once I was thinking clearly, the second obstacle dawned on me. There was no way we were going to be able to open the garage door - it was seriously damaged and hanging onto the track by only one of the four panels - so I wouldn't be able to get my car out. What to do? !

Eventually the tow truck arrived, to haul both cars off. The tow truck driver was very accommodating, and after he pulled Tim's car away from the garage door, he let us try to open the trunk to get the luggage out. It worked! Next we had to solve the transportation problem. We figured the only solution was to call a cab, but one of the police officers on the scene kindly offered to drive Tim to the airport. Both obstacles resolved!

From inside the garage we saw that we were only about two inches away from having a three-car accident, since the buckled door (and Tim's car on the other side of it) almost "kissed" the rear of Dan's car.

From inside the garage

Both of us had to call in to work this morning and report that we wouldn't be able to come in, since we can't open the garage door. We have someone lined up to come tomorrow morning to replace the door and the opener, but until then our cars are trapped inside.


Patty said...

Wow! Not exactly the kind of wake up call you want. Thankful all are safe and sound. Hope Tim's having the time of his life!

Anonymous said...

Crazy, crazy! Was the offending driver still around?
Hope he/she has good insurance! Glad no one was hurt and Tim got to go on his trip!


Papa John said...

Altogether too exciting an event for "at home". One blessing is that only metal and hardware are damaged and not someone's precious hide and bones. I'm glad you are all safe personally. Soon the "things" will be as good as new - in fact, much of it will be new! Wow, That's gonna be neat!

Anonymous said...

The actual flight to Hawaii was uneventful and long. After *not* sleeping the night before the trip, I called it quits at 6pm Hawaii time (GMT-1000). I slept for 11 hrs and now I'm up before the sunrise to take a nice, good shot. I may want to frame it over the TV or behind the couch when I get home.

Yes, I am talking about the trip on the blog about the accident. Sorry I'm not keeping in step with everyone else.


Linda said...

Good morning, Tim! Take lots of good photos. Glad you got a good night's sleep.

Kieran said...


The adventures you and that car have, next vehicle you buy should be big and bright, perhaps covered in reflective tape.

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! What an amazing story THAT made!!! Can't wait to hear about the trip too.

Enjoy it, Tim!!

Gloria R.