karl_lembke (karl_lembke) wrote,

Yesterday's hit-and-run accident

I was involved in a hit-and-run yesterday.
Fortunately, no one was injured, even though I didn't have a car around me at the time.

I was parked in front of a house on (ironically) Tranquil Drive, collecting a water sample. I had the tailgate of my work vehicle (a Ford Bronco) down, and was doing field tests on the water when this woman drove up behind me in her SUV. She obviously wanted to get through, and wanted me to Do Something.

I took a quick look and saw there was plenty of room for a halfway decent driver to get through – a good foot. Nevertheless, I went over and folded my driver's side mirror against the body of the truck to give her another half a foot of room.

She started driving forward at once, mashing me between our vehicles. Fortunately, she stopped long enough for me to extract myself, but then she drove on without stopping to make sure I was OK.

As I mentioned, fortunately, I'm OK. Nothing broken, nothing seriously bent.

I decided I wouldn't bother tracking down her vehicle. It wouldn't be too hard as it's a silver SUV with a handicap parking tag hanging from her rear view mirror. But I don't think it's worth it.

I suppose there's always the chance she'll call in and complain about me.

I've documented the incident in an e-mail to my boss, and if she decides she wants official notice of the event, I'll be happy to see she gets it.

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