The Mystery Wreck
"Mom. . . Dad. . . I wrecked the car!"
Many parents have heard these fearsome words. Many others were not as
lucky as we to have their child return home to speak them. In retrospect, how glad we are that our teenage daughter Jennifer
stood that morning at our bedroom door, somewhat shaken but all in one piece, to tell us the story.
What happened to
Jennifer that morning, however, turned out to be a mystery that neither we, nor the sheriff's deputy who took the report,
could solve. I must add that there were parts to this mystery that the police never heard about.
It was Halloween,
1994. Jennifer was getting into the Earth in those days and recognized this holiday in a more spiritual way than most people.
She planned to attend a special event that night about sixty miles from where we lived. She asked to use either my Celebrity
or the new compact car that Doris was driving.
It was strange how her request led to an argument. I think we knew subconsciously
that Jennifer was heading for a crash and neither of us wanted her to drive our personal car to destruction. We wrangled over
which car we were going to let her "wreck." In the end I lost the debate because my Celebrity was older, it had a lot of miles
on the odometer, and it was a full size vehicle. The decision was that if/when she had her accident, she would have a better
chance of walking away from it if she drove the larger car.
I still shake my head thinking about that argument. We
chose correctly, since her
life is far more valuable that the material things we were trying to protect. We did not seem
to have a third option that night of saying no. For us, nothing happens by chance. The spiritual forces that operate this
universe, and especially the lives of this family, use every event to teach, instruct, and help us grow. This was to be a
major "teaching" event. The impossibility of what happened in the hours that followed helped us understand just how spiritual
this night was going to be.
Once shocked out of our slumber by the news that Jennifer had just survived a traffic accident,
our attention focused on two pieces of information. . . how bad was she hurt and how bad was the car damaged.
was a little sore, but a check-up at the local hospital emergency room proved no broken bones.
The car, however, was
another matter. We found it, about a mile away from our house, hanging grill down in the midst of a clump of trees. Just how
it arrived in that strange condition could not be determined. The marks on the edge of the road and into the clump of trees
showed no sign of a vehicle skidding, or colliding and bouncing off anything more solid than a county road sign. Yet getting
where it was caused so much damage that the car already had to be written off as a total loss. Getting it down out of the
trees caused additional damage. It was a sorry piece of junk when a wrecker towed it past our house a few hours later.
mystery was not only how Jennifer survived the crash without a scratch, but how she got out of the vehicle once it became
engaged in the trees. It was a two-door sedan, with large heavy doors that would have to have been forced outward against
a press of tree limbs. Then, somehow, Jennifer would have had to climb out over the open door and drop some distance to the
ground. If she had done this, however, we would have expected the door would have been left ajar. I don't think she could
have, or would have gone to the trouble of closing it again. The car had power door locks and power windows. If she had climbed
out of a window, that window would still have been open. All of the windows and doors were found closed.
As the deputy
joked, Jennifer left a "parked" car, standing on its grill in that clump of trees. Somehow she turned off the motor and removed
the keys from the ignition. Then she miraculously got out of the car, leaving all of the doors and windows closed. The more
we studied it, the more it seemed to be a physical impossibility. Had I been in such an accident, I would have still been
inside that wreck when help arrived.
Jennifer said that all she remembered was driving down the dirt road after dropping
off a friend. Suddenly she found herself standing along the road, looking at the wreck. To this day she has no recollection
of the accident or getting out of that car. The police theorized that she fell asleep.
Another strange part of that
"charmed" morning; even though it was at a very early hour and the accident happened on a lonely dirt road that is seldom
traveled, a vehicle came along and the driver offered her a ride home. She said she never saw this person before or since.
might reason that our daughter was thrown from the car before it hit the trees. Or that she saw the vehicle was going to hit
the trees and jumped out just prior to impact. If this had happened, at the speed the car must have been traveling, I am sure
she would have been cut and bruised and her clothes torn. There were no such marks on her. And how do we explain the fact
that the ignition was turned off and the keys removed? She had my whole key ring, which included house and office keys, in
her hand when she arrived at the house.
It is my belief that some force removed Jennifer from that car, possibly a
moment prior to impact.
Jennifer's experience, while rare, is not unique. My wife works with a man who once told her
a story about a time when he worked in a steel plant. He said he was standing next to a barrel of cyanide that was accidentally
exposed to water. He stood in awe as the barrel began to explode in his face. The next moment, the man said he found himself
standing in the far end of the plant, in the company office, dazed, but unharmed. He had no idea how that happened. Fellow
workers who saw the accident said they thought he was killed. When they went to look, all they found were the smoking remains
of his mask. Somehow the man was magically transported out of harm's way.
When we lived in Sedona, Arizona, a few years
ago, we knew a man who fell while climbing the steep rocks surrounding that place. He said his footing slipped and he began
falling several hundred feet to what he thought was going to be certain death or at least a severe injury. But he said some
invisible force seemed to catch him before he hit the rocks below, and he landed unharmed.