Pedal to the Metal

Students discuss unfortunate experiences with their cars


Much like the famed movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” students at Blue Valley have also faced some adversaries in regard to their vehicles. Whether that’s concerning unfortunate crashes or unanticipated thefts, the movie most certainly relates to the high school experience — especially for juniors Alex Diaz and Mae Briggs and senior Kaylee Stephens. 

Though Homecoming weekend is already eventful enough, Diaz and Briggs went through another big ordeal as well on the day before the dance.

“I was driving Alex’s car because he got sick of driving,” Briggs said. “I was the only legal person to drive in the car because we were driving around a bunch of freshmen.”

Distracted by the talking in the backseat and pulling out of the parking lot they went into to switch drivers, Briggs accelerated into the car in front of her in the middle of an intersection.

“I rolled into the car in front of us, which just happened to be a Ranger Rover — which is great,” Briggs said.

Although everyone was unharmed from the accident, the vehicle sustained some impairment.

“Since the cars were so close, I didn’t think she did too much damage,” Diaz said. “ I was surprised when the lady ended up calling the cops [and] we found out it was a lot of damage [on the back bumper].”

Already owing the lady $2,000 due to the accident, Briggs felt that the situation was even worse than just a car crash.

“I literally knew the lady whose car it was because she has two kids that go to our school,” Briggs said. “I’ve known her [for a long time] because I used to be friends with them, and they were my friend’s neighbors. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I used to jump on your trampoline!’” 

Fortunately, the crash ended without any other complications.

“[The lady] was nice about it, Alex was nice about it — I just felt really bad,” Briggs said. “Now I just owe her money.”

Diaz was sympathetic to the situation.

“She was really apologetic and she felt bad — it was nothing on her part, [but] she was really sweet about it,” Diaz said. “It’s kind of funny, actually. I’m really happy that she’s dealing with the lady and not making me deal with it.”

Similarly, Stephens also went through another eventful day when she woke up one morning to her car missing from her garage.

“My mom left the garage door open, and I left my keys and my wallet in the car,” she said. “My dad ran upstairs [in the morning] and he said, ‘Your car’s stolen.’”

Though Stephens didn’t believe her father at first, she soon realized it was stolen overnight.

“I was shocked, freaking out and really mad,” Stephens said. “My mom felt really bad, and my dad was pissed.”

Fortunately, Stephens had a solution that helped her locate her car.

“I have a tracker on my phone that actually tracks my car,” she said.

However, occurring during a big snowstorm in February, the cops weren’t able to go to where the car was located.

“My dad actually went and found my car and then called the police to come meet him,” she said.

Able to get her car back, Stephens strongly recommends being careful with your belongings, especially in regards to your vehicle. 

“Definitely don’t leave your garage door open, and put your wallet and keys inside your house,” Stephens said.