On the way to a volunteer party for the Jim Valvano events, I was driving blithely down the road, thinking about the people I'd see and the good food we'd have. I noticed a guy waiting on a side street to pull out into traffic. I was in the right lane and there was a car in the lane left of me, but behind me a bit - just off my rear on the driver's side. As I passed the side street, I looked in the rear view mirror just in time to see the crash that accompanied the sickening bang I heard.
As I passed the side street, the guy on my right pulled out quickly and immediately smashed into the woman whose car was on my left rear. I guess he couldn't see her there. The impact turned his car in the opposite direction (towards me), but luckily I was already far enough down the road that I had no problems. With surprise and disbelief, I saw him drive off down the road, and turn right into the next side street. I have no idea if he stopped there so his car would be out of traffic - or if he was avoiding being caught and drove off to run away. I doubt he got very far, unless he set out on foot because his car was already smoking as it turned the corner.
Maybe I should have pulled out my cell phone and reported the crash. I saw several other people on phones immediately, so I didn't stop because I thought they were doing the right thing and calling 911. I sure wish I knew what happened; whether the woman was hurt or not and whether the guy actually did run away.
The sounds of that crash brought back very quickly the rear-ending wreck we were involved in last January. I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach and I can certainly see how post-traumatic stress syndrome can be a problem for soldiers. I was shaken by it, and the sound of the impact was nothing compared to war time.
What would you have done?
Thanks for the prayers and good thoughts for my friend. I don't have any news yet, but I'll keep you posted.