Third Time

2016-01-31 17.57.30So, what’s that they say when something happens three times? “Third time’s a charm” or “Three strikes, and you’re out”? In this latest incident in the Mulkey household, I believe the latter adage may be the more appropriate one. Sam had a wreck last night. Yes, that makes THREE totaled cars in less than eleven months.

As I was not with him, I don’t know the exact details. I know that he had picked up a friend who needed a ride. They were turning left off the Volunteer Parkway onto Windsor Avenue when Sam hit an oncoming vehicle. Both Sam and his passenger thought he had a turn arrow, which would mean the other driver ran a red light. Of course, the other driver told the police that he had a green light, which meant that Sam made an improper left turn. Sam was given a citation. He is going to fight it, though, so we will see what happens when he goes to court next month.

Unlike his previous two wrecks, this time, Sam went to the ER to get checked out. They did a CT scan of his spine and chest X-rays. The test results came back normal, praise God, but he is still in great pain. He has visible bruises on his chest and neck from the seat belt and air bag. I’m just glad he was wearing his seat belt. He told the nurse practitioner that the seat belt likely saved his life.

Sam’s passenger was a girl about his age who happens to be pregnant. The ultrasound indicated that the baby was fine. The girl is bruised and has a black eye from the air bag. She was kept in the hospital overnight for monitoring, just as a precaution. None of her family stayed with her overnight, and Sam felt so bad about the wreck that he ended up staying with her and sleeping on the couch in her room. I’m sure he wouldn’t have been in as much pain this morning if he had slept at home in his own bed, but it wouldn’t be like Sam to let a friend suffer alone. I’m proud of him for being the loyal friend that he is.

So, we are once again down to just one vehicle, and Sam just can’t understand why I won’t let him drive my car. Kids! In the photo in the upper left corner, you can see the damage done to Sam’s car.


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