Introduction: Part 1

The Accident

The floating bridge connecting Seattle to Bellevue was particularly wet this one afternoon. Waves from the storm had been washing over the bridge all morning saturating the road surface. Local radio announcers were advising everyone to drive the bridge with extreme caution.

Due to the weather, the traffic was slow on the downtown freeway that afternoon, which was likely the reason why many drivers, being late getting home from work, sped onto the bridge, totally disregarding the speed limit or the computerized safety warnings, ignoring too the wind and rain pounding the windshields.  I was one of those speeders. Continue reading