I appreciate the kind thoughts from everyone. Other than the loss of the vehicle and the attendant paperwork evolutions (and some hospital bills) so far it hasn't been that bad. It appears that the people who ran into my wife's car are claiming the accident was her fault. That's standard practice these days, so no surprise there.
The Sheriff's Deputy who was supposed to be directing traffic at the school did not show, and during the course of the morning there were 3 wrecks during the "deliver the kids" morning rush. The road the school is on is a four lane. Without the little cones they put out, people were not smart enough to figure a way across the road. The people who hit my wife apparently got tired of waiting, floored it and shot out into traffic expecting everyone to get out of their way. It didn't work out. They were driving a massive steel built vehicle, my wife was driving an aluminum alloy and plastic vehicle. They had a big vehicle, she had a little one. Basic physics determined the outcome of that. Our car was annihilated and they got a crushed bumper and lost some paint. I would never have bought a car like that Dodge, but my mother in law gave it to us and my wife liked it. Good milage in exchange for no protection is a poor tradeoff.