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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Please drive carefully

I witnessed an accident yesterday.

A car turning across an intersection obviously didn't see the motorbike coming straight ahead.

The motorbike smashed into the side of the car.

The rider was thrown over the top of the car, turned over in the air and landed flat on her face.

It was peak hour, so there were a lot of witnesses.

I got out of the car to see if I could help.

The woman wasn't moving.

The man who had been driving the car was shaking. Visibly.

Someone called the ambulance.

A man started directing traffic.

My 2 year old was screaming in my car. My 10 year old was trying to calm him down.

I got back in my car, and was directed away from the scene.

Later, I rang the police to give them my details. I explained why I hadn't stayed. The police officer told me I'd done the right thing by leaving. After all, I couldn't help; I had two kids in the car, and there were at least 20 other people there to help. Getting my car out of the way, he said, was the best thing to do.

So why do I feel so guilty?

Please keep the motorbike rider and the driver of the car in your thoughts/prayers.

And please drive carefully.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry you had to see that. I actually saw something similar when I was off duty with a motorcyclist and a truck. You did do the right thing by not staying and calling later. I'm sure it's not so much that you feel guilty as you feel bad for seeing something so traumatic. Your human and this is a normal reaction.

    All we can really do is say a prayer for things that are out of our control. Hope that helps.