A call and settlement cancelling the court date, ending the work of lawyers and insurance reps.
After long days of waiting news came from the hospital. She was six, brain damaged.
Her mother wailed as the ambulance left surrounded by sirens, flashing lights and confusion. People ran in panic, a neighbor called for help.
Blood pulsed from her gashed head, pooling in the street. We froze after hearing flesh, bone and steel collide. She was out of sight, I’d choked a prayer, we’d swerved. She’d bolted into the street.
It was dusk, we were driving back to school.