This is a cautionary tale to be diligent, alert, and always pay attention when you’re doing something as simple as walking…
Since we’re between storms, this was a beautiful morning for a walk. As I headed toward the beach, there’s an intersection with a four-way stop. (For those of you who know Carlsbad, it’s Chinquapin and Adams.)
At the time I safely proceeded to cross at the crosswalk, there were no cars. As I was almost all the way across the street, three-quarters of the way to the other side, a small-ish SUV caught my eye because the car didn’t seem to be slowing down to stop at the stop sign and I was directly in the line of fire.
It seemed as if she was planning to roll through the stop sign and hit me!
I stopped, yelled “HEY!” as loud as I could, which got her attention and she screeched to a halt, inches away from me.
She looked extremely flustered, surprised and guilty; proof that she had absolutely not seen me. I know I’m small, but I’m not invisible. Sheesh.
After that, I emitted a few dozen choice words and tried to get her license number as she sped off but not before I saw that she had a photo of a baby hanging from her rear view mirror. She was a mom and might have even put her child in harm’s way.
That’s a close enough call with death for one day, or at least a close call with a potentially painful accident.
The moral of the story is to stay alert and don’t trust that a driver will pay attention or even obey simple rules of the road.
Anyway, I’d like to thank my guardian angels for protecting me one more time!