That Time I Was Hit By A Car

Posted: August 30, 2011 at 8:08 am

You may have guessed from last night’s post about my mom being in the hospital that I don’t have the mental capacity to write a supremely well thought out post this morning. I still wanted to blog though, because blogging gives me the exact outlet I need in these situations. So, what to do when you want to blog but don’t want to think too deeply? Hop on board the latest blog post trend!

I have seen Lee, Janetha, and Caitlin share this “10 Personal Questions” post idea and it is just what I need right now. Hopefully it will be fun for you too! Smile 

1. What are you really good at? What are you really bad at?

You mean besides eating frozen yogurt???


Hmmm…this may end up tougher than I anticipated.

I guess I would have to say I’m really good at commitment. If I want to accomplish something, I know what it takes to get there and I just do it. I work hard, try to go above and beyond, and remain consistent and persistent until I achieve what I set out to do. I believe in myself and my efforts.

What I’m bad at? Relaxing!!! Probably not surprising considering my answer to what I’m good at, huh? It seriously takes so much to get me to slow down and chill. My mind goes a mile a minute and I have to remind myself to take a breather daily.

2. Have you ever been in a car accident? What happened?

I guess I can now tell you all about that crazy time I was hit by a car. Yes, me…my body…no car encasing it.

The summer before my senior year of high school my friend and I were on the way to the pool to see some friends. We came around a curve in the road where a construction crew had burst a water pipe and left it leaking…to flood the road a good couple of inches. My friend’s car hydroplaned and hit the curb, busting her tire.

car accident 1

We were outside of the car, by the guardrail, calling her father to let him know what happened. Low and behold, another car comes flying around the curve and hydroplanes as well. This car was speeding (65 mph) so when it hit the curb, the car actually flew up off the road, flipped three times, and hit us in the process.

car accident 2

I was thrown into the road where I incurred a severe road rash, a fairly severe concussion, and three gaping holes (butt, elbow, and head). Which, by the way, I was in such shock that I spent the majority of my time in the hospital telling my doctor he was a lucky man to get to see my butt. And today, Peter is the only lucky one seeing that…so I will share a shot of the scar on my elbow instead. I thought you would appreciate that.


The skin below that scar used to inhabit the back of my tricep. It’s like Stretch Armstrong. Lovely, no?

I was actually the lucky one. My friend was unconscious for weeks and had a lot of damage to her hip/leg. I still vividly remember the sound of those screeching tires and seeing the car flying towards us. I also remember my two month long trip to Europe and my four years at UGA….which the settlement from that accident paid for in full. Yes, siree. And how fitting for the next question!

3. Why did you attend your college?

You know? I’m not 100% certain on why I went to the University of Georgia. I guess it was close enough to home to still feel “safe”, but I could still go do my own thing. I also planned to pursue a teaching career, which UGA’s education program is highly acclaimed. And – let’s face it…Athens is fun! Too bad I use pretty much nothing from those four years in my “careers” today. Unless you count teaching Makenzie to say “Goooo Dawgs! Sic ‘em! Woof woof woof woof woof!”

Hehehe….hate me if you will.

I guess I will have to hold the other seven personal questions in my back pocket for future posts lest your eyes go into muscle spasms. Sometimes I surprise myself with how wordy I can get. Sheesh. See you in the afternoon!

  • Where did/do you go to college? Or what sports team do you love?
  • What is something you are really good at?

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55 Comments to “That Time I Was Hit By A Car”
  1. I can’t wait to teach my little one to ‘call the dawgs’ !! You should video M saying it and post it in honor of college football kick off this Saturday 🙂

    PS- Holy *&#*$^#( you were hit by a car?? How scary, but at least the settlement was helpful and you weren’t severely hurt. So crazy…

  2. That is terrifying. Wow, Thank God you both survived that! Ugh, that gives me chills just thinking about it.
    And I go to the University of Windsor, where I live. It’s comfortable to live at home right now.
    And I’d say I’m really good at not judging people. My friends & coworkers can come to me with things they’d never tell anyone else for fear of judgement, & I somehow never do.

  3. Amy Lauren says:

    I went to college at Francis Marion University which is in South Carolina where I live. It was only about 45 minutes from my house, but I lived on campus all four years and met my husband there. And, I do sorta use what I learned there, because I was a Professional Writing major and now I work as a Technical Writer at a software company :).

    We didn’t have a football team… so my football team is the CAROLINA GAMECOCKS… =). I do respect the other SEC schools though, it’s definitely the toughest conference for football.

    That’s crazy about your car accident! I’m glad you were okay but sorry about all you went through and what your friend went through. Really ironic that you got into a car wreck and then hit by a car… the scar isn’t especially noticeable to me, but I guess you know it’s there so yeah.

    Oh, I did your 5-4-3-2-1 post in my blog today, it was fun!

    • Tina says:

      The scar has faded a lot. I dont even remember it half the time. I actually have a little bald spot and dent in the top of my head from the accident and whenever I see a new hairdresser they freak about it. Then I have to remind myself and tell them “oh, yea…it was from this accident a decade ago”.

  4. I am definetly good at eating fro-yo. I could win a gold medal in that category 😉

  5. Tiffany says:

    Sorry about the accident, but glad it turned out definitely in your favor! College paid and a trip?!
    I went to GA State. We just got a football team, hopefully it grows and people get excited about it like the UGA and AL games one day lol.
    Something I’m good at? Hmm, I’d have to say commitment too. That’s usually how I can tell how really interested I am in something.

  6. Khushboo says:

    Oh wow that car accident story is scary.. I was also in one a few years ago! I was actually crossing the street and a car zoomed by from out of nowhere from the curb and bam right into me! I went flying over the bonnet and immediately right down! I blacked out for a few minutes and then found myself sitting in blood and with an ambulance and being surrounded by people! I was rushed to A&E and had to be bed-ridden for a week. Besides all that, I really have to thank God for my recovery- my scars at the time were horrific but if you saw me now, you would never guess…not one mark is left! I owe a lot of that to vitamin E!

  7. LindseyAnn says:

    Oh my goodness! That is quite the accident!!

    I went to Northern Michigan University (Let’s Go ‘Cats!) I am a Wildcat through and through and bleed Green and Gold. I also may be the only person who grew up in the state of Michigan who doesn’t care at all about University of Michigan or Michigan State.
    Like you, though, I don’t use much of what I learned at NMU, at least in the academic sense. I was, however, one of those who needed to get away from her hometown and learn to be a bit more independent, so those skills that I learned while at NMU I do use every single day.

  8. Wow, that is so incredibly scary! I went to Miami University in Ohio for undergrad and I’m now at Tufts University outside of Boston for grad school 🙂

  9. I love that you told the doctor that he was lucky to see your butt! That is totally something I would do in a condition like that. I was taking to the hospital once (unconscious) and when I awoke all I could think about was what my hair looked like! Haha. I went to Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. It sounds made up, but it’s real. 😉

  10. Tina that car accident sounds horrible! How scary.

    I went to the U of MN in Duluth (northern MN) and I loved it there — it was 2 hours from home so I was close enough that I could drive back and forth in a day if I wanted to, but I was far enough away that I was “on my own”

  11. Angie says:

    I am a Georgia Bulldog through and through. Go DAWGS!

    I will be praying for you and your family.

  12. Alisha says:

    That accident sounds terrifying! I have a friend who was in a fire…long story…when she was little and had severe burns. She has a lot of scarring on her arms and neck that will never go away. So…compared to that I would never even notice that little bit on your elbow. Your butt may be a different story! Actually, have you had a problem with your hair growing back…I’ve never noticed anything?

    Wanted to let you know also…my aunt who lives in Snellville has had MS for about 10 years now and she is the nicest lady you will ever meet. If you think your mom or even you might want to reach out to her, please let me know and I will give you her contact information.

    I made (with help from my stepmom) a UGA pillowcase dress for Sydney that is just waiting for the UGA/SC game in a couple of weeks. Go Dawgs!!

    • Tina says:

      I bet that dress is SO cute! And my scars don’t bother at me at all. I forget about them most of the time. I do actually have a small bald spot and dent in my head too. It’s pretty small though and healed up well thank goodness.

  13. I went to a really small school in Indiana, Valparaiso, but boy we sure did have some fun. I then went on to Interior Design school, so I call those 4 years at VU my social education if you will 🙂

  14. jobo says:

    Wow!! That is such a scary story!! SO glad you are okay and your friend too.

  15. Rachel says:

    Your mom and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers, Tina.

    What a horrifying story of the car accident! So glad you were okay!

    I went to Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville and am actually back there part time now working on my Master’s in Public Administration.

    Athens is definitely a ton of fun! I have quite a few friends who are from there, and I love visiting them for the yummy food at the Grit and all the shopping! And this one really good fro-yo place because we do not have fro-yo in Macon.

    You going to UGA kinda explains some of your past-life party girl behavior. 😉 So many fun bars in Athens!

  16. Oh my gosh! What a terrifying story!! I’m SO glad you are both okay! wow. I go to a really small school in Rochester, NY.. where it snows. a lot. 🙂

  17. Sara says:

    The car story is horrifying! So glad you are OK. Wow.

  18. Therese says:

    I take personal offense to Uga taking down that poor gator! 🙂

    Eesh I can’t imagine begin hit by a car. So scary.

  19. tanya says:

    I hope your mother recovers quickly and they have a soultion to help her. I knew of a woman who had ms and she had breathing problems also, her dr told her to take singing classes….it helped with her learing to use her diaphragm to hold more oxygen helped her a lot!
    Hope your mom is feeling better.

  20. Yikes how scary that you got hit by a car!!!!!!!!!!! Wow I can’t even believe that. At least you did get a two month european trip AND college paid for, but still. So scary.

  21. Now THAT would be a scary experience!

    For undergrad I went to Northwestern University (a few hours from home) and for grad school, I went to Stanford…and I’m still in Cali 9 years later!

  22. Haley says:

    Can’t share your love for UGA (even though I’m a GA resident now!), but can share the non-love, actually the abhorrence, for the Gators. I bleed purple & gold! GEAUX TIGERS!!!

  23. Mellissa says:

    I am sending thoughts for your Mom, hoping that the symptoms lessen.

    I went to the University of Minnesota, 5 hours from home! I loved it but I wish I would have went even farther.

  24. fitbamabelle says:

    Wow girl! So you are pretty much a miracle in the flesh! What a testimony. I also have a degree in Education, which I used for 10 years, but don’t teach now. But I have to tell you….ROLL TIDE ROLL!

  25. I am really good at being organized. But maybe a bit too good… according to my husband and boys who love clutter. The college question is timely since my son just started recently. I think both my boys chose great (and very different) schools for themselves. I, however, did not. But college led me to grad school where I met my husband and that all leads to my life today. Which, coincidentally, is my wedding anniversary:)

  26. Wow, that car accident sounds horrible! At least there was a nice financial bright side to it!? <–that even sounds horrible to write though!
    I went to school at Dickinson College in PA. I pretty much applied to all the same type of small, liberal art schools in the middle of nowhere and since they gave me a half merit scholarship I went there! Now I travel to schools all over the country for my job and every time I set foot on another campus I think to myself, "why the HECK did I go there!?"

  27. I went to Florida State – so I have the same disdain as you over those Gators 🙂 UGA does have an awesome Education program!!

    Wow – on getting hit by the car. That is INSANE. So glad nothing worse happened.

  28. Your tweet freaked me out. I headed over to your blog ASAP! Whew – glad you’re okay now. haha

    I’m a major Clemson fan, and I’m so pumped about the season and Saturday’s game!

  29. That accident would have been so terrifying! I cant even imagine going through something like that. Im glad you’re ok though.

  30. I think I’m still in shock over a few things:
    The accident and how that could possibly happen.
    How pretty I think that scar is (I know, that sounds weird)
    And how awesome you are to draw those pictures and include them in the post 🙂

  31. I went to a small private school called Seattle Pacific – I hated it! I consider it my biggest mistake – but who knows how different my life would be had I gone to school somewhere else! I’m happy with where I’m at now so maybe its good I went there. I’ll never know!?

  32. I can’t believe you were hit by a car!! That must have been terrifying. I gotta say, I love the pictures though. They made me smile :D.

    I did my undergrad at Dalhousie University because it’s very close to home…and my older sister went there and had a good experience. We even got to share/suffer through a few classes together! Then for medicine I applied to Dalhousie again…because I knew my chances were best to get in at this school and I didn’t want to pay the application fees to other schools across Canada.

  33. I went to Notre Dame and Ohio State, so obviously, I’m doing the countdown to kick-off. 5 days!

  34. I did this little personal question post idea the other day too…they’re so much fun!

    Went to my school (Azusa Pacific University) because of its Christian focus/environment, good academics, and it was in California!

    II would say I’m really good at EATING, being self disciplined, typing really fast, organizing, bargain shopping, and Super Mario Bros.!!

  35. ginger says:

    so sorry about your mom!

    um I’m not good at anything. sad but true. wish I had your kind of commitment!! that’s awesome.

    went to a small liberal arts college, Millsaps, for undergrad and University of Alabama for law school.

  36. I’ve been to three different colleges, two for my undergrad and one for my MBA. The first one was because it was near home and relatively inexpensive. During the last two years of school, I moved to the Silicon Valley to start my first professional job and to attend San Jose State. It was a total culture shock, but I loved it. The only thing I would change would be to get more involved in the college life. I worked and went to school full time, which left virtually no time for socialization. It all worked out in the end.

  37. Yikes!!! I can’t begin to imagine how scary it must have been to see that car coming. I’m glad you survived such a horrific accident! God was certainly protecting you that day.

    I’m really good at letting things go. I can’t hold a grudge at all.

    I went to Mary Washington in VA, and I don’t do sports. 😉

  38. My brother is obsessed with the Georgia Bulldogs! He wanted to go there but lving in NJ wouldn’t make it the cheapest decision!

  39. Heather says:

    Wow how scary! U can’t believe that happened to you! Like you said, could have been. much worse, what a scary thing to think about!

  40. Tina I just read the post about your mom, and saw your tweet the other day. My prayers and thoughts are with her and your family. I have a client with MS, so I know the frustrations and setbacks that come with it.

  41. Yikes! Traumatizing. I’ve never even been in a regular car wreck so I can’t really relate but that sounds completely awful.

    I’m good at eating froyo too. hehe

  42. Wow, the car accident oh my gosh! I’m glad you weren’t hurt too bad 🙂 And yay for SEC love!

  43. Jen says:

    I’m a Kentucky girl (GO CATS!), but I’ll take GA over the gators. Haha…honestly, I’m pretty much “Go SEC” (as long as you aren’t playing Kentucky). 🙂

  44. Kristen says:

    Texas A&M all the way! I bleed maroon through and through!

  45. Woah! I didn’t know you were hit by a car! Okay, and you can call me crazy, but when I read about the settlement, I thought “hmm.. would I consider being hit by a car and knowing I would be okay to get a large sum of money?” SO SICK! I’m horrible.

  46. The car accident sounds terrifying! And SOOOOOO unlikely. I am one of those people who tries to control everything and anticipate as much as possible. Since Peanut was born, this has kicked into overdrive. I am terrified of EVERYTHING! But there is NO way to anticipate something like that happening. I can’t believe it. I’m so glad that you’re ok. And, by the way, was the doctor super grateful for seeing your butt?

    • Tina says:

      I get so worried so easily about things too as a mom. I think its just part of motherhood. I always pray that nothing like a terrible illness, accident, ect happens to us.

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