Its the what ifs that haunt driver the most
TRURO - Elizabeth Dueck shudders as she recalls the crash that occurred when an object came flying out of the darkness and into her car's windshield.
"We were just scared, frightened. A horribly loud sound," the Fall River resident said, of
the Sunday night incident on Highway 102 in Millbrook.
"I knew something had hit it and I could hear the liquid come off it as well," she said. "The sound is so hard to describe. It was so loud."
Although Dueck and her 12-year-old daughter, Bridget, survived the ordeal unharmed, it's the "what ifs" that now haunt her the most.
"It was hard to sleep last night," she said, while waiting to have the windshield replaced in her Mazda on Monday.
After visiting family in the Truro area on Sunday, Dueck and her daughter were returning home shortly after 10 p.m. and were feeling joyful over spending a fun-filled day together.
Passing under the overpass at Exit 13A, however, the happiness they had been revelling in was suddenly lost.
"We had a great day, you know. We had a happy day ... and in an instant, it totally destroyed everything," she said. "It was hard to sleep last night just thinking about the what ifs. I could've lost control. We could've lost our lives. And not just us, we could've caused an accident with several cars. As we were pulled over, there was a lot of traffic, 18-wheelers and stuff. I can only imagine if one was passing me at the time."
Dueck said the noise was so sudden and loud it caused her daughter to begin screaming hysterically.
And while she understands that her car was struck in a totally random act, she cannot comprehend how anyone could inflict such needless, senseless fear into someone else's life without any regard for the potential danger they could have caused. Not to mention the $100 deductible fee she had to pay towards her new windshield.
"They have no idea what affect they cause people," she said. My daughter just totally panicked and all she could say afterwards was, 'I could've been killed.'"
Because of the fact the object contained some kind of liquid, Dueck initially believed her car had been struck by a water balloon. But after seeing the residue left on her car in daylight and inspecting the spot under the overpass where it was struck, she now believes the object most likely was a large soda drink container. She has no idea, however, what all may have been in it.
Regardless of what the item was, Dueck feels lighting should be installed over the overpass so a potential culprit would be more susceptible to being seen.
"There should be some kind of lighting on there," she said.
"If it's heavily trafficked by pedestrians, it would be better for them too ... They should have it lit."