Wrong Turn Made Right

A story of change

It’s morning, a woman wakes up and realizes just how long she’s slept. She hurries to slip on a wrinkly uniform, consume leftover pizza, and start her car which is soon turned into scrap metal.

This woman goes by the name Hannah and happens to be a member of the Hart family. Skilled in painting, sculpting, and photography, she is a talented artist and aspiring interior designer. She spends time with family and volunteers whenever the opportunity presents itself. If there’s a person clad in tattered clothes with a cardboard sign in hand, Hannah is sure pass out money with a genuine smile that makes anyone grin back.

On the Day of September 10th, 2013 Hannah set out for work like usual. To the average American, heading to work at six in the morning isn’t very pleasant, so like many in the workforce Hannah wasn’t in a very joyous mood when she backed out of her driveway with Walgreens as her destination. “I wanted to shoot myself,” she told reporter, Shemayah Hart.

Half way down the highway, a chevrolet suburban appears to be hurdling up the wrong side of the exit and toward Hannah’s vehicle. “I wasn’t able to react in time, I was in too much shock,” she admitted.“I knew I was going to die, we were both going so fast I didn’t think I’d survive the impact.”

The two cars instantly collided, another driver also rammed Hannah from behind. Fortunately, her car came to a stop on the sidewalk after spinning out of control. With blurry vision, she stared in shock at her shattered windshield before slipping into unconsciousness.

A few hours after the accident, Hannah woke up to a white Duke Hospital room, her family crowded around her bed. She barely remembered the previous events of the day but only suffered minor injuries. The driver behind the wheel was twenty-three year old Harold Roberts who had been severely intoxicated during the crash.

Ever since losing her car, Hannah has changed her driving habits completely. She strives to be more responsible and cautious driver when navigating the roads of Durham. Remembering to keep her seatbelt buckled and adhering to stop lights are just little things Hannah has done to ensure her safety.

“I haven't had a ticket in about two years, it’s really been that long,“ she announced with a grin in the interview, “and I plan to keep it that way.”

Although her car was totalled in the accident and her insurance has increased substantially, Hannah is keeping her head held high with an attitude full of determination.



Comment Stream

2 years ago

Thanks, Shemayah! First story posted! And it's a well-written, very dramatic one.