Young drivers face wrath of parents after first accident

Luke Hutchinson | Staff Writer

Accidents happen fast, resulting in damaged cars and students trembling at the thought of telling their parents.

Senior Matt Deskins said he was leaving a basketball game when he rear-ended a Honda Accord at the Mason-Montgomery traffic light.

“I was going about 35-40 (miles per hour) and totaled my truck, and I totaled their car since it hit the car in front of it,” Deskins said.

After realizing no one was hurt, Deskins shifted focus to his parents. Deskins said his mom asked if he was alright, but following his reassurance of everyone’s safety, she said his dad was on the way.

“He was furious,” Deskins said. “He didn’t believe that I wasn’t texting.”

Deskins said he and his father agreed he wouldn’t own a truck for a while because of the cost.

Another accident occurred when junior Nathan Goldfarb was on his way to school and slammed into a car in front of him, causing a car behind him to hit his Cherokee. The car in front of Goldfarb was junior Alex Rudy, who was behind another car – which had braked to let someone pull out of a neighborhood.

“All the other cars were small and my Jeep is big, so my car was like a tank,” Goldfarb said. “Theirs were much more damaged than mine.”

Afterwards, Goldfarb said he called his mom; she was already angry because he received a speeding warning a month prior.

“She said my driving had deteriorated over time after yelling at me for not paying attention, which made me feel like a bad driver,” Goldfarb said. “As school ended, she had to come pick me up because I couldn’t drive, and started laying into me a bit more.”

Senior Jake Langbein rear-ended a car a week before the school year started.

“Telling my parents was the last thing I wanted to do,” Langbein said. “I was afraid they were gonna kill me.”

Jake’s mom, Crystal Langbein, said she met his anxiety with shock.

“He’s normally more aware when he’s driving,” Crystal said. “There was concern about insurance and whether he would lose his license – and how that would impact the family.”

Unlike Goldfarb, who said he lost his license for a month, Langbein said his was not taken away.

This year’s first come, first serve policy has raised concern for the student parking lots. Senior Danielle Robertson is currently in a wheelchair due to a car accident she got in back in August. She fractured her pelvis and multiple teeth, and was left with a lacerated spleen and kidney. Roberston said she predicts accidents.

“It will result in more accidents,” Roberston said. “Everyone races for the closest spot and loses focus on driving safe.”