It’s like that gossip game

Yesterday I wrote about my frustration trying to find out what happened in the big auto crash that closed Highway 101 on Wednesday night. My first source said there was one fatality and that it took place at the entrance to South Beach State Park. My second source said at least two people died and it was near the post office. In truth, now that story finally came out in today’s local newspaper, nobody died. It was a head-on crash, a Toyota against a Geo Metro, at the entrance to the post office. The guy in the Metro got hurt bad, but he didn’t die. He has multiple fractures and internal injuries, and he’s going to hurt for a long time, but he is expected to live. The drunk driver who caused the accident was driving on the wrong side of the road in the dark with no headlights on. She was not injured. She did go to jail for drunk driving, assault and other charges.

That’s what happens when people share bits and pieces of a story in a small town. Two days after it happened, the newspaper published the story of the accident, and the radio stations reported what they read in the newspaper. It was a long wait.

Meanwhile, the TV stations have already gone on to other subjects, mostly the whopper storm that hit us last night. Thank God no trees fell on my house and the power stayed on. Now the sun is actually shining in South Beach again, but the waves are huge, sending sheets of white froth all the way across the beaches and up the cliffs. Even inside my house on the land side of the highway, I can hear the ocean roaring.

Author: Sue Fagalde Lick

writer/musician California native, Oregon resident Author of Freelancing for Newspapers, Shoes Full of Sand, Azorean Dreams, Stories Grandma Never Told, Childless by Marriage, and Up Beaver Creek. Most recently, I have published two poetry chapbooks, Gravel Road Ahead and The Widow at the Piano: Confessions of a Distracted Catholic. I have published hundreds of articles, plus essays, fiction and poetry. I'm also pretty good at singing and playing guitar and piano.

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