• Story 1 begins with a description of the three people the narrator rode with at the beginning of his journey: a salesman, a Cherokee Indian, and a college student. He describes how he and each of these people consumed alcohol and a variety of drugs and suggests that somehow he knew about the next car to pick him up.
• The narrator describes the caution with which the man at the wheel of that car drove, briefly recollects a few more details of his previous rides, describes the bad weather that night, and comments that he, like the baby lying un-secured in the back seat of the car, was asleep when the car was in an accident.
• The narrator is taken to a hospital, where he refuses treatment and becomes fascinated with the reactions of other survivors, in particular, the wife of the dying man.
• The story ends...
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