Lilliana remember seeing huge, bright lights in front of her, and in slow motion she tried to turn her wheel and get control of the car, but it was too late. “Oh shit”, she wailed. Lilliana froze with her mouth wide open as she lost complete control. She hit the van head on and the impact flipped the van over its roof side several times, sending it bouncing down the highway. The hit propelled her back into the correct lane, and sent her flying into the outer guardrail, where her little Geo Storm finally gave out from the smash. From this impact her airbag exploded in her face and she felt the heat against her face. The next thing she knew was that her upper body was hanging sideways out the front door, a door that wasn’t even there anymore. She vividly remember seeing pitch black, feeling that she wasn’t even in the car anymore, wasn’t in this world anymore, until she felt a hand pulling her up and set her sitting upright in the car. She was stunned and baffled, but immediately jumped out of the car stumbling to see what happened to the van, the van that was in the middle of the highway turned on top of its roof. “Oh my God”, she let out, “I can’t believe what I did!” as tears began streaming down her face. She began speed walking to the van that was 300 feet away from her reiterating, “I hope they’re okay, I hope they’re ok, Fuck what did I do?” Lilliana saw the flashing lights of the ambulance rushing to the tragic van, as she heard the voices of her friends approaching. “Lilliana are you ok, slow down, sit down”, said Will as he grabbed her to stop. She fell into his arms and cried, “What happened? Go find out if they’re ok, I need to know if anyone’s hurt!” He promised her that he would inquire about the other passengers as soon as she relaxed herself. The other racers, Chris, Randy, and Marcus came to the scene and nurtured Lilliana for a second before they raced over to find out about the van. With that worry getting addressed, she finally looked over herself and the mess she got herself into. She looked back at her car to see the damage and to her ultimate surprise and devastation, her car was completely squished in. She couldn’t believe what she foolishly did, couldn’t believe that she harmed other people, and couldn’t believe that she survived it! Will began looking over Lilliana’s body to see if she had any injuries, and her body stood there limp for him to gaze at. “Do you see anything?” she asked as she began touching her face and legs. “Wow girl, all I see are a few bloody scratches, and your hair’s a mess”, trying to get a smile out of Lilliana. “Thank God you’re in one piece girl, it all happened so fast, I didn’t even know what was going on, I couldn’t do anything”, Will uttered. Hundreds of questions began pouring out of Lilliana’s mouth as they were both disrupted by the sounds of another ambulance coming to rescue her. Will held her until the ambulance approached and she was instantly swooped away as she fell faintly into the paramedic’s arms.
Lilliana woke up in the hospital to her parents hovered over her, and the first thing that came out of her father’s mouth was, “Did you get your EZ Pass out of the car Lilliana?” In utter furiousness she began yelling, “Are you crazy, how can you ask me for that shit right now, I could’ve died!” Her mother quickly responded, “David shut up!”, as she leant over caressing her daughter, extending a warm, nurturing big hug. At that moment, in the background, they were wheeling around one of the victims of the van that she crashed into. She nervously asked her parents, “How are the other people, are they ok? Did they get hurt?” Her father said that the woman that the attendants just rolled by was in the van and, “that nobody got severely injured, they all survived. They’re gonna sue you though!” Lilliana didn’t care about that, and continued to inquire about the status of the passengers. Her mother Elizabeth, who usually doesn’t take the sensitive role at all, but since her father wasn’t his sensitive self at the moment, stepped in and proceeded to reassure Lilliana that all four passengers were okay. Lilliana herself, had only suffered from a concussion, slight scrapes and bruises, and an aching back. The doctor said that he didn’t know how she didn’t get severely burned from the airbag and admitted, “I don’t know how you survived that wreck!” His words were distant because she was too busy wondering who that “hand” belonged to that saved her from this stupid mistake.
Lilliana’s near death experience occurred in the summer of 1999, when she was working at a catering hall in New Rochelle. She was friends with a lot of the guys that worked there since they all lived in Queens, New York. After work they all would usually, follow each other home, but on this doomed night they all decided to race each other home. Being a tomboy and a great driver herself, Lilliana had to take on the challenge to show the boys up. Speeding on the highway through the Bronx, listening to her hip-hop music, the highway instantly merged from two lanes to one lane with opposite traffic on the other lane. She was neck and neck with her friend’s car before she noticed the merge and had to make a quick decision in a split second. Lilliana immediately downshifted and let him go ahead of her to avoid crashing into each other. At this moment the car behind her, who was one of her friends that she was beating, panicked and hit her car, throwing her onto the opposite oncoming traffic, and colliding with the van. This fatal accident has taught her to never race again and the only racing that she now partakes in is watching it in the movies.