While going to work this morning, heading North, I was behind a small Honda Civic who was attempting to go around a Transit Bus that had been pulled off to the side of the road to let out passengers. We were traveling about 45 miles an hour, which is within the speed limit. When the lady driving the Honda got to the front of the bus, she hit one of the female passengers attempting to cros the road, and sent her into the South bound lane of traffic. Fortunately, the South bound driver could see what was going to happen, and stopped in time, or else he would have also hit the pedestrian. Since I direct traffic for the local Fire Company, I backed up, and pulled in behind the bus and went running to the pedestrian to see how bad she was, and let me tell you, it wasn't pretty. Laying on her left side, not moving, barely breathing, and unconsious, I wasn't about to turn her over. A fellow medic showed up out of no where, carefully rolled the pedestrian onto her back, and when I saw the pedestrians face, I knew I had to walk away and start directing traffic, as it was clear that we were going to be here awhile. I'll really be surprised if this girl makes it. She was in pretty bad shape and was loosing a lot of blood from her head.
After things settled down a little and I had a detour set up, the Police Department showed up to do an investigation. While they were taking pictures and measurements, I was able to look the Honda over a bit. You could easily tell where the girls body landed on the hood of the Honda, and there was roughly a 6" deep hole in the windshield from where her head hit the glass. The pedestrians lunch sandwich was stuck in the grill of the Honda. I knew the driver of the Honda and I were going the speed limit, but from the looks of the Honda damage, you would have thought we were doing 100 mph,
I noticed the female Honda driver standing along the road crying terribly, so I walked over to ask if I could do anything for her, and all she asked for was a bottle of water. That I could do. I grabbed my wallet and walked roughly 300 yards down the road to a gas station, and got her three bottles. Although she was pretty shaken up, she seemed to be doing pretty well. I don't know if she'll get charged with anything, but from what I could tell, the pedestrian ran out in front of the Honda without looking for traffic. She got off a Transit Bus, not a School Bus, and traffic don't stop for Transit Buses like the do for School Buses. She worked at the local Egg Processing Plant just across the road, so maybe she was late for work and in a hurry? Don't know for sure, and at this point, I don't know if we'll ever know. I would guess she was between 30 to 35 years of age, so hopefully her young age will pull her through her injuries. I wish her the best!
It was deffinately a life changing experience, and something I don't want to have to witness again. I'm sure I'll see the scene happen again and again, over and over in my head tonight whenever I go to bed, so I'm expecting a restless night tonight.
Not sure why I told you guys all of this, but it does seem to help talking about it.