He's ok. His two friends that were with him are ok, although one has a pretty severe headache and I'm keeping a close eye on him. He hit his head on the ceiling of the car. He was cleared by the medics, but I'm still watching him. He's way more subdued than normal. They were all wearing their seatbelts. easy child is going to have racoon eyes tomorrow from the airbag. They're already looking pretty dark underneath. He was driving one of his friends car (friend was with him - friend has the car, but only has his permit...that's why easy child was driving). They were on a road with a lot of hills. As this part of Ohio is really flat, that section of the road around here is called the Hilly Road. They crested a hill and there was a car backing out of the driveway. It's not more than a hundred feet (probably less) from the crest of the hill to that driveway. It was raining. They were doing the speed limit of 45mph. They couldn't stop. You could see the skid marks on the road. The side and back of the other car was just smashed all to heck and then the car was shoved forward and into a tree. His friends car will more than likely be totaled. While not technically totaled, the cost of the repairs would be more than the car is worth. The driver of the other car was uninjured. His passenger was transported to the hospital. easy child said she was just sitting there - said she looked tired and wasn't speaking. The cop said it wasn't a life threatening injury, but that's all he would say. easy child called me, and my mom - who was here - and I headed over there. That's a phone call that rattles your nerves - your 16 year old kid, out of breath and panicky telling you he's been in an accident. The whole way over there I felt like I was going to vomit. Plus, I couldn't figure out what he was doing over there. It's not where he should have been. 2 minutes later and I wouldn't have been home. Literally. I was putting on my shoes to leave to take difficult child shopping when he called. And I don't have a cell phone. difficult child has her prepaid cell, but he doesn't know the number. I was the first person he called and by the time we got there, the medics were already gone. They called me to get my ok not to transport easy child. I guess they have to transport a minor unless they have a parent say otherwise. They said all the boys checked out ok. The cop was a real ass. He was being a jerk from the get go and then when he was asking easy child questions and easy child tried to answer, he snapped, 'Are you getting smart with me, boy?' At that point, I stepped in and told him that this is the first time he's been in an accident and that he's scared and shook up. He responded that he's handled over 400 accidents and a lot of them with minor drivers, yada, yada, yada. I said I'm sure you have, but this is easy child's first and he's scared and shook up. He chilled considerably after that. He had easy child in the back of his car and everytime I heard him start to ask easy child a question, I leaned in so I could hear. After all was said and done, he said unless something drastically changed after he interviewed the other driver at the hospital the other driver would be cited for improper backing. You're not supposed to back out of those driveways. You can't see because of the hills. They all have turn arounds in them and that particular one (that the other driver was backing out of) had a section as long as the house is - huge house, too. I'm thinking it was someone turning around as opposed to someone that lives there. easy child's friends parents (who own the car) were there, too, and took pictures of both cars, the driveways, the road, etc. They're just glad everyone is ok. easy child is like one of their own as is their son with me. He was so afraid they were going to be mad at him and keeps apologizing profusely. Friend's mom called him after we left the scene to make sure he knows that they're not upset with him. She doesn't want him to feel guilty. Update: While I was typing this the cop called to say that the other driver was being cited. He also said that they other driver and his passenger are ok...that she had a barrette in her hair and the force of the impact threw her head back against the seat and the barrette tore a gash in her scalp. They have been released and were going home. They are from out of town and were turning around in the driveway. What a long day. difficult child had me up all night. My mom and difficult child are like oil and water and I was having to mediate between them for almost 6 hours. The accident and the stress that entails. Then I took difficult child shopping. I'm just glad everyone is ok.