Apr 18, 2007

Death by Jaywalk

Earlier this afternoon I died of jaywalking.

Back when I was alive, I often joked about how my cavalier street crossing habits would be the death of me.

My joshing around and bad habit became a self-fulfilling prophecy at 5:45 p.m. this evening at 16th and Irving. I looked both ways and saw nothing but the flashing H4 bus light safely in the distance. What I missed was the minivan tearing through the intersection. It was all my fault. I was in the crosswalk, but talking to the hand and not the walking image.

The driver screeched her brakes, staring down the inevitable collision in horror.

It didn't really end this way tonight, but it certainly came close enough that my heart is still racing 3 hours later. I hope I learned my lesson: Never get hypnotized by the new safety lights on Metro Buses!


Cousin Mere said...

Oh my! I think I would still be having heart palpitations too! Thank God you are still alive. You know, I am famous for a "look right, look left" incident too. I came out okay, but a 100 year old Oak tree didn't.

100 years of trash said...

glad you made it out unscathed. some dude in a car offered to fistfight me after he almost mauled down my family and me at 11th and fairmont on the way to the march on monday.

Scenic Artisan said...

glad you made it.

wharman said...

Thanks Scenic Artisan. I need to make it out to Artomatic!

goprairie said...

okay, i know this is an old post, but it came up when i searched and maybe you know - whats up with people being so LAW ABIDING in washington DC - my teen son and i spent 8 days walking to attractions there and people just STOOD there on a no-walk light even if there was no car around for MILES - one day some New Yorkers got fed up and walked across but not many followed and it was hard on us suburban Chicagoites to stand there, but what with all the compliance, we thought somebody must KNOW something - like are there undercover cops at every crosswalk that taser you and lock you up for 24 hours and issue $3000 tickets or something?