November 12th, 2015 was the day that I had one of my most life-changing experiences. I was in a potentially fatal car accident; most people told me not to worry about it that it was just a wreck, but it changed my whole outlook on life. I realized that your actions could and will affect the live of many people around you and complete strangers that you don't even know. I also learned the hard way that day that when you are behind the wheel, it is not the time to screw around and play games.
Growing up I was so eager to get my drivers license, so the day I was finally able to get them was very exiting for me. I passed the drivers test without getting any deductions, and I was pretty proud of myself. But there was one habit that I could not get rid of, speed. I'm not going to lie I liked to drive fast, flying down the road gave me this feeling that I was completely free and I loved it. I wasn't to hard to pick up speed in what I was driving; I had bought a 1997 chevy 1500 the body was in absolutely perfect condition, but it had a blown up engine. I bought 350 small blocks and rebuilt it with all high-performance parts, swapped the motors and it ran like a scolded dog. I took it to a shop shorty after putting the new motor in to have it put on the dyno, and they ran a few tests, and the truck had a lot more power than I had thought, it was putting out almost 450 horsepower to the wheels, apparently to much for a 16-year-old kid. I almost had my license for a month, and I felt that I was doing better at watching my speed, but there was always that one time when I would be driving somewhere, and I'd get that feeling that I want to go fast, Turns out that feeling came back to bite me.
Then November 12th came around, and I was heading home from Parkersburg, I knew the road I was on very well, and I decided to see how fast I could make it to the top of this hill. When I got to the top of the hill I slowed down a little but I was still going about 80 and once you get to the top of the hill you go downhill for a couple of hundred yards and then the road curves to the left.