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Irene Buenrostro
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When the light turned green, my brother started to increase his speed. At just that moment, a person crossed the street in front of our car.

An Accident on Christmas Day

Irene Buenrostro from Mexico

It happened nine years ago. My brother was driving while I was a passenger. We went to the grocery store to buy Christmas dinner. When we had bought all that my mom had written on a big list, we placed all bags in the trunk, but it was too small, so we used the back seat of my brother's little car to transport the groceries.

We were on our way home when we had to stop at a light. When it turned green, my brother started to increase his speed. At just that moment, a person crossed the street in front of our car.

Suddenly, our car hit the man and pushed him too far, so he fell down.

My brother braked and stopped the car. We got out and rushed to see the man. He looked as if he were dead. We were very scared. He was drunk, so he had not seen that the traffic light was red for him.

It happened in front of a police station, so in just a minute a police officer arrived. He started to ask what had happened there. The man was aware he was guilty and started to say, "I'm sorry, pardon me, please I'm sorry, I'm drunk". The police listened to the man, so the police officer knew that my brother was not guilty in this accident.

My brother and I were lucky because the man could explain to the police officer exactly what happened. Finally, the police officer said to us, "go home and take care". We still felt very nervous, and we went home very scared. The accident taught me to drive much more carefully because in many cases the pedestrians can cause accidents even if you are a good driver.


Look Book This story was selected from Julia Karet's ESL writing project at Chaffey Community College: The Look Book Project

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