I was in a 1974 Mercury Capri on my way home. It was the night time changed. (This will factor in later.) The traffic signal was flashing yellow on the road I was traveling. It was flashing red on the crossroad. I was traveling between forty-five and fifty mph and had just entered the intersection. When I looked to my right it was clear, as I started to turn to look left, headlights greeted my eyes. My only thought was to speed up and get out of its way. If I applied my brake, I would have been hit directly in the driver's side door. I remember everything going in slow motion. Everything seemed unreal. The actual impact felt cushioned, the sound was muted, and things looked blurry except the street lights ahead of me seemed to move very fast from left to right. Like I was shaking my head 'NO' very fast. But the streaks of light were defined. (Like the light, the doctor uses to check your pupils.) That was the last thing I actually felt or was aware of until I came to in the middle of the road.
As I lay there, the first thing I was that I was in a white fog and what looked like my dad motioning with his arm and telling me to, 'Go back, go back it is...' I looked down over to the right (in the way he was motioning me) then no I came to in the middle of road. People were commenting, 'Oh, she's dead. Yeah she's dead.' I believe it was my dad because he had long hair, a long beard, and what I believe was the brown suit he was buried in. He was always away from me and my vision was not clear, not really blurry just not clear. I got up and said, 'No I'm not.' I was walking around like I was in a dream and saying repeatedly, 'No this is not happening to me.' I gave someone I had briefly went to school with and asked her to call my mother at home and to start the conversation that Sherri's okay.
The ambulance came and the paramedic told me I'd be okay I was just in shock.
The man who hit me stole his friend's four-wheel drive truck, was drinking and doing drugs at a strip bar. He got pissed off, stole his friend four-wheel drive truck, went through a barrier across town, hit me, ran over a stop sign, the truck stopped going the wrong way and almost hit a 280-Z. He ran off on foot an hour later and a block up he raped a girl, and they finally caught him trying to steal a car at a dealership. When we went to court, I got to ask the witnesses, (which were his friend and his friend's girlfriend following him in her car) how I got out of the car? Through the windshield. I flew out as the roof was coming down on the head rest. (I was hit right behind the driver's door making my Capri a convertible, my seat was up to the steering wheel, the roof was down on the head rest.) If I had been wearing my seat belt I would have been smashed. And how fast was he going when he hit me? They were keeping up with him at ninety mph. Anyway, he got off because of the times didn't match (remember the hour time change?). And that I did not have a broken bone or was not half dead. Whiplash, pulled muscles (ultrasound for a couple of weeks). Oh yeah I couldn't walk for three days I had two small puncture wounds in my hip from what I believe was a ink pen in my sweater's pocket. My front tooth got broke and they went through my skin above my chin twelve stitches. Worse pain I have ever felt.
Date NDE Occurred: 'Oct. 26, 1980'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
Did you feel separated from your body? No
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness When I came to.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I came to.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It was not clear but not blurry.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Seemed to be muted.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes Always away from me, yes, my dad, 'Go back, Go back, it is...'
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes White fog.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt absolutely NOTHING. No regret, guilt, sadness, happiness etc. nothing.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? What I was told.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Right after, a couple of days. No big deal, not influenced by my experience.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I just know it happened.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I just know it happened.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain I recently fell off my bike face first. After I came to a stop I saw bright flashes of light and I knew I had to get up.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? No.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I think the question about the content of the experience, wonderful, frightening, or mixed, is too general. You should have a box to explain. I marked mixed, but my experience was none of the above.