Not exactly ‘accidents’

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To indicate that the recent “accident” in Airport Heights, in which a car ran over a man’s foot while he was on the crosswalk, was no freakish, highly unlikely episode, may I briefly relate my recent experience?

In the evening of the same day, I was driving eastward on Cornwall Crescent. I stopped to let a lady (with a child in a carriage) cross the road; a taxi and several other cars stopped in the westward lane.

The lady looked carefully in both directions and was about to step onto the road.

I suddenly realized that the pair of headlights that had been behind me for several minutes was no longer there.

No, this car was now alongside me, trying to pass me, going up on the sidewalk.

The sudden, very scared look on the woman’s face was so obvious, as she hastily pulled the carriage backwards onto the sidewalk. She hesitated for some moments before trying again. The car on my right backed up to its position behind me once more.

I was so relieved by the absence of a scene of blood and massacre that I then drove on.

In retrospect, I should have gotten out, gotten the car’s licence plate number and phoned the police.

If the driver involved reads this, he/she probably just laughed.

William Abraham

St. John’s

Organizations: Airport Heights

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  • Joe
    September 18, 2012 - 11:37

    The man in airport heights was hit by an impaired driver who was charged.So we assume this was the reason for the infraction. As a Taxi Driver I have also seen many accidents caused by people giving breaks in the wrong place at the wrong time. And no William you should not get out of your car in the middle of a busy street. There is definitely a hostility out there on the road these days I mean an elderly lady in front of the Basilica on a Sunday, what else can you say.

  • Carol Ann Rogers
    September 18, 2012 - 06:56

    Willy, I say a woman knocked down last summer because an impatient driver thought he had waited too long to and pulled out hitting the woman ON A CROSS WALK. That was after mass on a Sunday infront of the Basicilca. So your theory does not wash. People with poor driving skills simply don't care who is in their way, point is they are in their way and the all important driver is in a "hurry" The elderly lady in my case simply walked too slowy and for that was ran down on a crosswalk. So the problem my dear is the DRIVERS who don't follow the rules.

    September 18, 2012 - 00:21

    I think you mean Cornwall ave. because Cornwall cres. is a street with very little traffic.I guess there was no crosswalk because you never mentioned one. Maybe you should be a little more careful on where you choose to stop your car/or pick-up to give a pedestrian a break sometimes you can do more harm than good, maybe the driver behind was not able to see around your vehicle and thought you were turning left ,who knows. I would not stop to let someone cross the street unless they were at a xwalk, 1. it is not safe to stop unexpectedly if there is other traffic behind you 2. If you are the only car it would be better just for you to pass by and they can cross when you are gone that way no body gets hit by a car.