Airdrie teen speaks about head-on collision
Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 12:18 pm
A 19-year-old Airdrie man was left with whiplash and a totalled vehicle after being involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle on Jan. 13 west of Airdrie.
Alex Aubut, 19, was returning home to Airdrie after dropping off a friend southwest of the city.
He was travelling eastbound on Big Hill Springs Road near Range Road 13, when a vehicle heading westbound lost control and hit him head on.
“The other driver was driving pretty fast and rear-ended an SUV and swerved into my path,” said Aubut.
“It all happened really fast, all I really saw was headlights and I didn’t have any time to react, I don’t think any driver could’ve avoided that crash.”
In the wake of the accident, Aubut said he was in shock and actually tried to drive his car off to the side of the road, not realizing the amount of damage his vehicle had sustained.
“It wasn’t until I actually pulled myself out of the car and saw the damage that I realized, oh my God, this is bad,” said Aubut who called his parents and 911 once the reality of the situation hit him.
An 18-year-old woman from Cochrane who was driving the car has been charged with careless driving; Aubut and the Airdrie RCMP confirmed that driving conditions weren’t ideal when the accident occurred at 9 p.m.
“It’s dark on that stretch of road and the roads were pretty icy at that time,” said Aubut.
“Speed was a factor in this collision,” said Airdrie RCMP Cst. Jennifer Morin.
“The conditions were icy, but if the road conditions were the sole cause for the accident she wouldn’t be charged with careless driving.”
Aubut’s 2006 Honda Civic was totalled in the accident and the teenager sustained stage-two whiplash.
As a result of his injuries, Aubut has been forced to take two weeks off from his job as a well tester with Demon Oil Services in Crossfield.
He is on pain killers and muscle relaxants and has been seeing a chiropractor as well.
“I didn’t really feel any pain and the whole thing didn’t even feel real until I went to the Airdrie impound lot to collect some CDs and tools from my car,” said Aubut.
He was off the road for over a week, but picked up his rental car on Jan. 22; ATR Logistics, the company that towed his Civic will be donating the vehicle to the Airdrie Fire Department to be used for training exercises.
“This is a reminder that when road conditions are icy or snowy, that drivers need to adjust accordingly,” said Morin.