While stopped at a red light, about to go on an overpass, I witnessed an unfortunate old man be hit THREE times while he waited! Two times, he was hit by the SAME car!!! It happened just after all the scooters that wanted to turn left into the overpass had crossed and were moving into that special rectangle in front of the other waiting vehicles.
Just as everyone had settled in, a car came up that wanted to turn right. But, it was too late. The scooters had already moved into place and there was no room. But the car wanted to go, so it backed up a bit and then made a hard turn to squeeze through. It missed. It pushed an old guy on his scooter forward, and threw him off balance. The old guy grumbled, got off his scooter and started walking backwards with it to to give the guy room to pass. But, the car didn’t even wait till he was finished before screeching forward again and solidly bumping the guy into another scooter, at which point the old man’s scooter escaped his hands and fell down. The car had to back up again because it still didn’t have enough room, but did so like he was on the “Fast and the Furious” and really peeled out. It was all rather shocking; the guy looked like a 40-something businessman, but he drove like a gangster being chased by a rival gang! I thought maybe he was trying to avoid being caught by the cops after hitting the guy, but before I could turn all the way around to see if they were coming, another car came up and hit the old guy a THIRD time as he was picking up his scooter! This time, his scooter skidded further away from him and all his bags went flying into the street.
The last two hits being louder, and affecting others with the flying debris, everyone was now staring at him in shock, a little worried as he got up slower this time. But no one moved to help him gather his things. I thought maybe everyone was just waiting for the people closest to him to move, but then I realized everyone was just waiting for the two traffic cops in the middle of the intersection to come over. With seemingly one mind, all the motorists turned their heads towards the officers. But, the two were heavily engaged in what must have been the telling of a very funny story and had their backs to us. We couldn’t get their attention. And then, the light turned green…
Everyone sped off. Including myself. I know the guy wasn’t terribly hurt and his scooter wasn’t seriously damaged, but I feel terrible. I didn’t help because I was so far away from him, and I was worried I’d get hit if I got off my scooter and walked over to where he was, but…I just feel so bad…It’s such a lonely feeling to be victimized in public and have no one help you.
What is the point of having traffic cops if they don’t enforce the law?
I’m still shaking with anger! :fume: