That Left A Mark

I had forgotten about this tree, but was reminded the other day for no good reason. While in NJ visiting my mom, I remembered it…just like it was yesterday. If yesterday was Thursday, November 3, 1977.

I was a Junior in High School and a newly minted Junior Volunteer Firefighter.

At the corner of Reinman Rd & Verona Place. The tree still stands, 43 years later.  The car was DRT.

We had a fire call that evening and I was responding along a rain-slicked Reiman Rd. near the intersection with Verona Place.  A couple of things happened simultaneously that resulted in my hitting that tree, decelerating from about 34-40 (well, maybe 50) mph to zero mph.

The Flanagan’s lived at the corner and we were family friends, so Mrs. Flanagan didn’t mind me bleeding on her house.  They called Police Headquarters and the dispatcher found my dad who came over.  He was pretty calm and that may have been because he saw the car before he saw me.

Totaled the car, but only had a few, small lacerations from flying glass.

He took me down to the old Raritan Valley Hospital in Green Brook and I had got stitches and went home to be very sore the next day, followed by taking the SATs on Saturday.

Great memories…..really.


About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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5 Responses to That Left A Mark

  1. Osyth says:

    All I can say is that I am very happy you escaped almost unscathed. Because all these years later, I get to benefit from your words, your wisdom, your wit and I am thankful for it.

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  2. Jim Borden says:

    I’m glad you were not hurt worse. It seems like it would have been the perfect time for the cop to ask if he had pulled you over for speeding before you hit the tree, “Where’s the fire?”

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