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The Accident(al) Tourist

Today was one of those days.  Not because it was long (it was) or that it was rough (it was that, too).  It was just how the day ended that topped it off completely.

Let me describe things.  My workplace sits on a two-lane street with a middle turn lane between.  Because it is an industrial area (businesses that do business with the military base and other occupations) there are a number of clearly marked crosswalks.  One connects the workplace with the parking lot across the street (and the repair lab across the street.)  Now these crosswalks have big, clearly visible signs that read "YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS", and they're readable from some distance.  Add to that the fact that the street is marked Speed Limit 35... and you have a good recipe for disasters.

So it's 4pm, quitting time, I head out the door, go across the small parking lot and towards the street.  Where the crosswalk is located.  A Ford F150 is approaching, and the driver stops to let me across.  I wave to them thanking them... and suddenly there's a bang, and the Ford F150 is slammed into from behind by a green Honda Accord.  The driver of the Accord was, naturally, not paying attention to the signs, the speed limit, or anything.  So now I'm looking at an accident in the road right in front of the workplace (and in front of the exit for the small parking lot).  And I'm on the phone to the police, calling them, giving them information... and everyone coming out of work are asking "did you cause this?"

Of course I caused it, did you think it happened by itself?

The good bit.  I was clear of the truck before she was hit.  The truck was pushed INTO the crosswalk from the impact.
The ok bit.  The truck suffered only a dented bumper (it was dented DOWNWARD).
The karma bit.  The Honda Accord's front was totaled.  Hood crumpled like tin foil, radiator halfway through the engine.
Fortunately, no one was hurt.  However I feel for the F150 driver, as she was just doing was she was legally expected to do.  As for the Honda driver... the mildest thing I can say is idiot.

Me?  I'm fine.  Amused, frustrated, being my usual satirical self, but fine.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 23rd, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
Thank goodness you weren't hurt! Thank goodness the others weren't hurt either. {smile}

I'd be numb after something like that, too. {SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
Jan. 23rd, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you're okay. Looks like the Honda got an expensive lesson.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 11:01 am (UTC)
It's not just that, but the fact that folks go flying down that street and ignore the signs and whatnot. I've had cars go AROUND me when I was in the crosswalk, apparently because they didn't want to pay attention to the traffic laws. *sigh* Ah well, it's the same everywhere... folks in such a rush just to shave two minutes off their time.
Jan. 24th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
{half-smile} To some people, it seems to be more important to get somewhere fast than it is to get there. {wry smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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