February 24, 2005

Nearly Run Over

POST #    1586

I am an unabashed aggressive pedestrian. I'll jaywalk, stand in the street while waiting to cross against the light, pretty much anything to get me from point A to point B faster. I know that this is dangerous, but I accept the danger that goes along with these risky activities.

Yesterday, however, I was minding my own business and exiting the office and nearly run over by a van that was going about 10 mph on the sidewalk!! On the freaking sidewalk! the van grazed my left elbow and my right hand. The van was a neighboring company's vehicle that was making it's way to their offices and the sidewalk isn't very busy, but it was still a little insane. The van was maybe three feet from the building and several feet away from the curb and the cars parked in the street. My only reaction at the time was something along the lines of "what the fuck?" and not the anger that one might normally exhibit when they are almost run over. The only reaction of the driver, "are you okay?"

The crazy thing is, I normally push that door open much wider, swinging it all the way open. If I would have done that yesterday, the door would need replacing, and the van would need some body work. Two of my coworkers were walking back from lunch and were more shocked than I was and immediately told me that I should buy a lottery ticket.

I'm pretty sure if I were in the same situation as the driver, I would have been going much slower, and closer to the curb. You can easily see if you're going to hit something on the driver's side and there aren't going to be any people popping out of doorways on the driver's side either.

Just crazy I tell you, crazy.

Posted by tien mao in NYC at 7:56 AM



Oh my GOSHHHHHH!!!! I'm glad you are ok!! Geez Louis those crazy arsssee drivers!!! Be safe!! Yeah, go buy that lottery ticket!!

Posted by: Ziggy at February 24, 2005 11:21 AM

Jesus Tien - I am glad you weren't seriously hurt....Wow, how is your arm doing today?

Posted by: Christiona at February 24, 2005 11:57 AM

Glad to hear you are ok.

Now if you were in the same situation as the driver, wouldn't you just not drive on the sidewalk to begin with?

Posted by: Keith at February 24, 2005 1:34 PM

keith, i meant that if i had to drive on the sidewalk.

i'm okay except my jacket was a little dirty.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 24, 2005 5:49 PM

Glad you're OK - considering your dare-devil pedestrian tendencies, I'm surprised you haven't had an incident sooner.

Posted by: Justin at February 25, 2005 8:26 PM

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