The Pedestrian

June 8, 2007 at 1:44 am 4 comments

Let me tell you what happened on Tuesday night…

Me and four of my work cronies decided to go out for our dinner hour.   We sometimes go to the wonderful little place called Vito’s Gourmet.  They are Italian and make wonderful subs, pizzas, calzones, shrimp baskets, you name it.   We managed to make it to Vito’s and have a delicious dinner.

We were on the way home, and the traffic around our branch is horrendous.  And we were returning at five o’clock, and that makes it even worse.  We were traveling across a particularly busy stretch.  The center lane that went straight ahead was completely blocked and we were traveling in the right hand lane about to make a right turn to our branch.

Just then, a woman appeared between two of the cars in the center lane, dashing madly across the street.   Suddenly, her eyes opened wide and she ran smack into the side of the car with an enormous thump.  She really had a “deer in the headlights” look.   We were all shocked, stopped the car, but the woman kept walking.   She quickly took off down the road.

The woman in an SUV behind us also stopped the car and we put on the hazards. One of my coworkers got out and began to chase the woman to bring her back.  Eventually, a fire truck and an ambulance arrived.   My coworker managed to get the woman to come back.  She was a tiny blonde woman who seemed very well dressed and I think she was embarassed about running into our car.  She refused to leave her name or number and also refused when the police offered her a ride home.  She said she just moved to the neighborhood yesterday and wasn’t sure of her address.  She also had a bag of prescriptions she dropped and seemed awfully worried about them.   She was also carrying a cup of coffee and most of that wound up on the side of the car.   

We made it to the branch a little late but what a story.  My friend who was a lawyer in a previous existance heard the story and was sure that drugs were involved.   I immediately said that I didn’t think so, as she was so tiny and blonde and well dressed.  I was immediately put in my place.  My lawyer friend assured me that she was just the type of person who could have been on drugs.   Maybe I have a better view of human nature and don’t like to believe the worst in people.  Who knows?  I guess we will never know for sure.

But I will always have the story of being  hit by a wandering pedestrian.

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  • 1. Jim  |  June 8, 2007 at 2:23 am

    You’d be amazed to see that those who don’t look the part, are the part. I can recall some people that I had worked with in the concrete jungle, and was so shocked to hear of them getting pinched on a drugs arrest.

    I remember my uncle telling a similar story… one night, he and my aunt, and their four sons are heading home from some event, as they coasted to a stop at a stoplight, suddenly there was a lot of noise and commotion, and all of sudden some person jumped on the front hood of their car, and just as fast were two constables right behind him, who laid him out flat on the hood before handcuffing him and dragging him off to their cruiser. He said it took about a day before his wife’s eyes and the eyes on his boys returned from saucer-sized to normal size. At that point, he had been driving a truck for about 20 years, so he’d been there, done that and seen it all before. Yes, the man was totally unflappable.

    Sometimes you just have to go out your front door to find something interesting happening 🙂

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  • 2. Kev in NZ  |  June 8, 2007 at 6:54 am

    What an extraordinary event! I reckon she must have something to hide if she was refusing help. Perhaps she was in a place where she shouldn t have been or was possibly on drugs but it all sounds a bit fishy.

    The main thing is that everyone was alright.

    Kev in NZ

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  • 3. Doug  |  June 8, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    How bizarre. Nothing like dinner and a show. 🙂

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  • 4. tigeryogi  |  June 8, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    Who says that librarians lead dull lives? 😉

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