Dead Man's Curve

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© John Linton
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UploadedJuly 22, 2013
TakenJune 2, 2011
Exposure1/200 sec at f/8
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Focal Length4.25 mm
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Pound Road, Westerly, RI

We were driving back home in the early afternoon on Memorial Day when we noticed a car overturned by the side of the road just as we turned off of Route 91 onto Pound Road. There is a dangerous curve there. A couple of motorists had already stopped and there was a woman standing next to the car screaming gut wrenching screams. One of the motorists was looking inside the wrecked car.

As I got out of our car the police showed up. I was looking around and noticed a young boy standing by the side of the road (behind where the police van is in my photo). He looked about 5 years old and I wondered where his parents were.

I walked over and just as I arrived at where he was standing he asked me if I could help his father. I asked where he was and the boy said he was still in his car and pointed over to the ditch in the woods. It was then that I noticed the skid marks and heard the engine running. The car was a mess so I took the boy away from it, handed him over to one of the police officers and told her there was a second car.

A few days later the State Police and Town Police showed up to take measurements. And a few weeks after that we read in the paper that the boy’s father had died in the crash with a blood alcohol level 3 times the legal limit. The husband of the screaming woman had also died. Later, family members put up crosses at the scenes of the two deaths. They are still there.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX5V camera

2 June 2011

14 responses

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (22 Jul 2013):

    Heartwrenching...your help to the boy and everyone is a drinking and driving, ever...

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (22 Jul 2013):

    Powerful story and photo. Drinking and driving, texting and stupid and dangerous!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (22 Jul 2013):

    Lynn and Susan are both right. Look what a legacy that leaves!

  • John Linton

    John Linton said (22 Jul 2013):

    I this day I have no idea how that boy got out of that car and walked over to the road. The car looked like a total wreck.

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (22 Jul 2013):

    Ouch! I know that corner well (fortunately) as it's on my "back way" home. Not a great corner even when sober if you aren't ready for it.

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey said (22 Jul 2013):

    Excellent photo! My son and I both have noticed an increase in the number of people driving across the center line. I think it is mostly caused by drivers not paying attention to their driving, talking or texting on cell phones, and other distractions inside their vehicles. Driving is a job that requires the drivers full attention while the vehicle is moving and sometimes even when stopped.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (22 Jul 2013):

    Oh my goodness it gives me shivers...The little boy almost like a little angel guiding you to the wrecked car of his Dad...Excellent narrative and photo to support the story...

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (22 Jul 2013):

    Oh so sad....woulda, coulda, shoulda.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (23 Jul 2013):

    John, this is so heart wrenching!! Glad that you were able to help the little boy, what a traumatic time for him with the accident and needless death of his father. I wonder if the little boy was thrown from the car?

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (23 Jul 2013):

    OMG! amazing story!

  • Robert Duncan

    Robert Duncan   gave props (24 Jul 2013):

    i've worked those kinds of situations. my emergency work these days is much more after the fact.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (25 Jul 2013):

    Very sad, unfortunately it happens too often,

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (25 Jul 2013):

    So sad!! Hope that boy is taken care of...

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (25 Jul 2013):

    Powerful story and photo. Drinking and driving......No Way....

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