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Nearly killed by a cabbie tonight 
6th-Dec-2011 10:39 pm
Burning Man
I was in the middle of the crosswalk, when I see a too-fast cab rounding the corner. My first thought was "He must be slowing down to make this turn, and he's gotta see me." Very quickly I realized that neither of those things were true, so I ran up the block and across the street. I'm not sure how close he ended up being to me — definitely less than a meter, though. As he sharply decelerated (somewhere after where I was initially in the crosswalk, but before I made it completely across) the cab (one of those hybrid Ford Escapes) made some awful noises. The cab was stopped about 1.5 meters past the inside edge of the crosswalk and would not move. He tried revving the engine, to no avail (and to some horrible noises).

Some other pedestrians asked me if I was okay (I guess the thudding noise coming from the inside of the car sounded like I got hit). I had trouble deciding whether to call 911 or 311 or what, and decided that the damage he did to his own vehicle was sufficient, since I was not harmed (hell, I didn't even have a stress reaction aside from swearing at the guy).

Afterward, as Erin and I headed out for dinner, we went by the guy who was calling someone about his broken vehicle. He apologized. I asked him what happened there and he said he didn't see me. I said "Really?" and went on my way.

IIRC, it was 4J16.
Comments 
7th-Dec-2011 07:01 am (UTC)
Ack! I'm really glad you're okay.
7th-Dec-2011 10:35 am (UTC)
Thanks! Me too. I was considering getting a new jacket before this, and now I'm wondering if I should get one that's outside my usual black/grey palette.
7th-Dec-2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
Something REFLECTIVE, please! :-) We like you best in one piece.

So glad you had your senses about you and are okay!
7th-Dec-2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
Still, the guy was doing 45+ in a 30 zone. I don't really know if reflectiveness can protect against someone taking a corner at that speed.
7th-Dec-2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
True! Even blinking lights might not have helped in this situation.
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