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I almost killed somebody

Written By: Terry Foster | February 2, 2012

Filed Under: Life

It was almost five in the morning. It was pitch black as I drove on Michigan avenue for my workout with trainer Melissa.

It was quiet, peaceful and no traffic was around. I was relaxed and ready for this hour of hell this woman puts me through. Then all of a sudden there was a person in front of my car and all my nerves stood on edge. I quickly changed lanes and saw this person scramble to get out of the street back onto the curve.

My heart stopped for a split second. I could have killed the pedestrian.

You never expect anybody to be walking in the street when it was pitch black. The other thing is they were wearing dark clothing and was difficult to see. I am glad I have good reflexes because I was really in chill mode. If I do not see cars on the road I relax.

No more.

You always need to be aware of your surroundings. You just never know who or what is on the road.  I’ve run over raccoons and squrrels but have never hit a person with my car. I of course never want that to happen.

But as I thought about it later. Who the heck walks in the road when it is dark? Isn’t that kind of a death wish? Usually runners wear reflective strips on their clothes or bikers have lights and reflective parts of their bike where you know where they are.

But black on black at night does not work. Let’s be careful.




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2 Responses to “I almost killed somebody”

  1. Joe Says:

    You and I have met a couple times and I’m a friend of Mike’s. I had the exact same thing happen to me yesterday! I was driving back from Harrison High on Middlebelt. It was around 8:30 at night, and I actually was paying attention. There was an accident on the right side of the road, with debris scattered across the road. Suddenly I notice a dude standing in the center of the road. He’s in a black hoody, black pants. I swerved to the right and my side view mirror just missed him. My heart was beating like crazy. Scary stuff man. Glad you were able to avoid the person.
    Best regards.


  2. BID316 Says:

    Joe and Terry,

    I feel for both of you. In the eyes of the law, it is almost always the driver’s responsibility to prevent situations which you avoided. Realistically, I have no bumpers nor air-bags on my body! As a pedestrian, bike-rider or driver, I will ALWAYS trust my judgment over that of a driver who may or may not have been drinking. What if either of you had been drinking (just a coupla beers)? Ya never know!

    In essence, I’m saying what you are saying. Pedestrians (especially) should not place themselves in peril. I put over 2,000 miles on my bike in 2003. I found it immensely preferable to ride in the early morning hours (4-6 AM) because ALL the cars in operation, at that time, are using headlights. I could see them a haff-mile before they could see me.

    When riding in the Summer evening hours, any car which is parked could pull out unexpectedly. In the early hours, there’s no reason that I should EVER find myself in any driver’s path when traffic is so sparse (and I have the better “knowledge” and the ability to maneuver and avoid).

    This is the same responsibility which pedestrians should observe for their own safety.


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