I look at the headlines around the world and I feel fortunate. There are no terrorist concerns in my hamlet sitting between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake like the jelly in a jelly donut.
In fact I feel peaceful as I sit here with my longish grass needing to be cut, weeds needing to be dug out, and bees buzzing around the cherry and plum blossoms.
That tranquility was lost this morning when All Emergency Vehicles Responded. Today as I was waiting to cross an intersection, at my stop sign, a person’s life was seconds away from tragedy.
I looked to my left and I could see a cyclist coming down the curb lane quickly, the lime green jacket highly visible. I could wait for the rider to pass and I looked across the road at the traffic on the other stop sign where oncoming vehicles were also waiting for a break in traffic.
That is when time seemed to slow down. The oncoming driver was on their cell phone and was crossing the street.
I was holding my breath as the cyclist tried to stop, glanced off the front of the vehicle and hit my stationary vehicle causing the bike to upend spilling the rider over my hood and onto the road in front of my vehicle.
The offending vehicle drove away leaving their licence plate on the road.
I helped the cyclist to her feet and to the side of the road. Witnesses gather, the bike is removed from the front of my car.
All Emergency Vehicles Responded, fire department, ambulance, and RCMP (the police).
The cyclist will ride again. That driver will never talk on the phone again while driving I hope. It was so close to being much, much worse.Shaking I realize how seconds, or half seconds were the difference between life and death today for that young lady. (She went to the hospital and was released shortly after making sure it was ok; I know because I saw the ambulancee driver in town later somewhere else.)
Let’s keep it peaceful, enjoy the outdoors, and be careful out there. I hope that your summer will be free of Emergency responders and mine also.