For the second time this year, a member of this family has witnessed a hit and run accident.
This time it was Sweetie, out to get gas for his vehicle. It happened at dusk, on a tiny lane between two highways, a street that was never meant to be a thoroughfare, but is now a cut through from one major artery to another. It has a 90º bend that people tend to take way too fast, from either direction, and it is so narrow that often a vehicle taking the bend ends up in the middle of the road, instead of in one lane.
The victim was on a motorcycle. Sweetie came up on the scene in time to see the man on the ground, the bike hit the culvert about 50 yards away, and the tail lights of anther vehicle rounding the curve. He slammed on his brakes and got out of his car just in time to start directing traffic around the man, who was almost hit again while lying in the street.
Standing over him, Sweetie called EMS and tried to keep the man calm. Sweetie didn't want to move him, which is a good precaution, although as it turned out the man had two broken arms, and no other obvious injuries. The paramedics were there in less than five minutes, the deputy sheriff in about 3 minutes more.
Then the fire truck arrived, which is where it got a bid weird, Sweetie said. Once the fire fighters got there, and realized they weren't needed, they stood off to the side, shooting the breeze and smoking while the guy was lying there being tended. Yes, they have a stressful job and need to blow off steam and decompress sometimes, but that seemed to be a poor time to choose to do it.
The deputy sheriff didn't have a witness accident report with him, so he had Sweetie run up to the station to fill one out. As for Sweetie, he's just sorry he couldn't get the tag on the car, but it was more important to call for help and make sure the man wasn't injured further as the day darkened.
So, a bit more drama for someone in the house, in a house that seems to somehow draw this sort of thing.
We hope no more of this stuff for a while.
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The Long Parliament declares England a Commonwealth, and England remains a republic for the next 11 years, 1649
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Napoleon Bonaparte founds the Légion d'Honneur, 1802
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Jan Matzeliger begins the first mechanized shoe production, 1885
Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol, 1897
White women win the right to vote in South Africa, 1930
Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind is published, 1936
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