I was enjoying my drive home after having dropped off my sister at her place. It was around 11:20p.m. on this Friday night. The air was cool, it was drizzling and vehicles were out and about. I came to stop at a red light. There were two other cars to my right and on the left turn lane beside me, there was a car filled with four passengers. All our traffic lights were red. The oppossing traffic's light turned green before ours did. Suddenly the car to my left started and sped up through the intersection making a left turn. There was van coming at high speed from the opposite side (as was his right of way). As if in slow motion, all of us saw the van smash into the car. The car turned180 degrees, climbed the trafficlight on the other side and came to a stand still. The hood of the van was smashed in, glass flew everywhere, and we saw all the passengers in the car surge forward and then fall back into their seats. After the sound of the crash, there was nothing but shocked silence all around. No one moved. And then very slowly traffic started up again and we all drove off on our respective ways.
Along the way, I wondered 'when did I become so complacent?' I was in something of a daze, but I'm not sure if it was brought on by the sheer exhaustion I was feeling, the lateness of the night and this scene before me just became one more thing to pile on to the already burdened shoulder. When did I stop caring as much as I used to? And more importantly why? I called my sister and told her about what I had witnessed and she gasped and immediately asked me if I was alright, since such things usually affect other drivers as well. I told her in a matter-of-fact tone that I was almost home and that I was fine. I know for a fact, that some time back I would have been possibly shaken, definitely worried about the outcome and would've dialed 911. I didn't do any of these. I didn't stop to see if all passengers and drivers were ok. I didn't do anything to put my mind at ease, probably because my mind wasn't in any turmoil. Maybe it'll hit me tomorrow or maybe I'll just keep being complacent. I don't know if it's good or bad. I just know that this is how I've become and while such a change in me would've bothered me to no end earlier on, right now I don't even feel bad that I didn't react more strongly tonight.