On Monday, October 17, 2011 I saved the life of a squirrel. I did this purposefully and with good intentions. However, I also knocked down a utility pole, hit a tree head-on and totaled my car. I was driving home from work and had just turned onto the little country road that leads to my house. I was about a block from home. Which, I guess, makes the squirrel one of my neighbors and helps to explain why I was so intent on saving his little life. On this little country road, the utility poles are right up next to the road. I assume this is because it is easier to put them there than to venture into the woods and find a spot for them. I can probably guess what is coming...
I saw the squirrel run into the road right in front of me. I swerved to the right to avoid the little bugger. Now this part if complete conjecture because I can't really remember exactly what happened. I hit the utility pole right where the right front panel meets the right headlight. I'm assuming this slowed me down quite a bit and after tearing through the underbrush, I hit a tree head-on. I think I was only going 15 or 20 miles per hour when I hit the tree. I can't imagine what would happen if you were going faster.
I was wearing my seatbelt (thank God) and my air bags deployed. I was not seriously hurt. Now, one week later, my body is a kaleidoscope of colors when I undress. My left leg got the worst of it. If you recall, I'm recovering from a medial collateral ligament sprain in my right knee. I got a huge contusion on my left leg. So now, basically, both of my legs are out of service. What a nightmare.
Here are some lovely pictures of my left leg a few days after the wreck:
It looks ickier now but I'll spare you the pictures. I also found out yesterday that they have totaled my car. I loved my car. It was a 2009 Lexus RX 350 with 17,000 miles on it. 10,000 of those miles were put on it in a trip to and from Arizona. This is how my car looks now:
You'll notice that I haven't posted any pictures of the squirrel. He survived unscathed but the little bastard didn't stick around to see if I was ok.