The Surprising End of Utada

Don’t be alarmed. I realize that most of the people I work with (whether it’s adults or kids) know that I was in car accident on Sunday, March 23, 2008. I failed, however, to really let anyone else know, and instead became kind of a hermit about it, which is my tendency.

Without going into too many details, here’s what happened: Some guy ran a red light and caused our cars to collide. I hit him with my front end, which collapsed like an accordion. His Mercedes SUV was barely dented on the drivers side (apparently these luxury vehicles are tanks).

Miraculously, all those involved walked out of their cars. Save for some bumps, bruises, burns and back/neck pain, I walked away relatively unscathed–especially in comparison to the fateful March 6, 2002 accident in LA. No doubt I have angels watching over and protecting me, and I have a lot to be thankful for.

I’m currently still processing the whole event as a myriad of emotions have been swelling inside my head including but not limited to anger, gratitude, fear, and shock. I want to thank everyone who has called, texted, emailed, stopped by, hugged, dropped off wine/chocolate/brownies/flowers, or simply just asked how I was feeling. Again, my tendency is to be a hermit (I took the days off on Monday and Tuesday and watched the entire season of Firefly on, but that’s another story), but it helps to process the event with people.

Regarding my beloved Honda Element, Utada, word from the garage is that she’s a total wreck, but I’m still waiting to hear back from AAA’s damage appraiser. Sad. She definitely had a good run.

Thanks, everyone.

UPDATE (3/28/2008): Got word from Paul, the AAA appraiser, this morning that she’s a total wreck. Will commence car hunting this weekend. Feelings are bittersweet.

Related Post: The Horrible Fall and the Triumphant Return of Utada

8 thoughts on “The Surprising End of Utada”

  1. Do you know seeing that car, and remembering the last one which was about this time, nearly scared me half to death right now!!!! Thank God that you and everyone else involved is alright. Oh my Rey Baby.. I’m so sorry that it this happened to you =(
    Remote *HUGS* since you are far away

  2. I’m glad that you had a protective force around you to guide you safely through this. I’m glad you’re able to articulate and process some of the emotions that are surfacing from this traumatic event. Take care. And yes, Hondas are good cars!

  3. Rey, I’m so sorry to hear about this accident, but very relieved that you’re okay. If you need anything, don’t hesitate to email/call/ask. Take care of you. 🙂

  4. My love. My privilege to support you and offer words of encouragement. You are a JEWEL!

  5. 🙁 it’s alright, Utada sacrificed his/her/its/gender-neutral-pronoun’s self for your life. hope everything goes smoothly…

  6. I am so thankful that you are alright! You do have angels around you. Thank god it wasn’t anything like what you dealt with back in school. It gave me chills thinking about it though darling. Love you and miss you much! Bless those who are near you and taking care of you! MUAH!

  7. Rey, I am so thankful you are okay. We ALL have guardian angels who helped keep YOU in our lives!!! Please let me know if you need anything…sending you so many good thought and so much love.

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