Last night, after a long drive back from a wedding in Park City, UT, my family was involved in a hit and run accident along with a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist had been keeping pace with us for a few miles, good looking guy, young and no helmet. As we turned onto Sheridan (which is extremely busy), he was still right next to us.
Brakes started squealing like crazy behind us, and I thought at any moment I would hear a crash. I did. A maroon caddie crashed into the back of our SUV bounced off of us and hit the motorcyclist. Then he drove away. He didn’t even slow down.
I looked back and saw the motorcyclist stagger and roll to the ground, immediately I turned and caught the license plate of the vehicle that clearly was not stopping. Within seconds we were pulled over, I was on the phone with 911 dispatch and my EMT of a brother was heading over to the crash.
But this story isn’t about us.
The government bitches and moans about the intolerance, injustice and relative lack of care of people in our country. People en masse tend to do the same thing. But this is the reality. Within seconds of all this happening, people had gathered around the motorcyclist – including a nurse and two EMT’s who were all off duty – redirecting traffic, and protecting him. Several people had caught the license plate number and had pulled over to make sure that descriptions and information was given to the police.
Hispanic and Caucasian alike, with their inherit languages were all present, everyone was incredibly helpful and with the team work the police had the driver’s address before we left the scene.
Lakewood police and the first responders, were there within minutes. There was no anger or frustration, they gladly took down all the information necessary to catch the guy along with pictures, descriptions and tellings of the accidents. By the time we left, the motorcyclist had been taken by rescue. Thankfully he was still conscience, able to move his arms and legs and didn’t appear to have any serious injuries. The whole thing maybe lasted 20 minutes.
When it comes down to it, people will take care of each other, no one needs to tell us how to, that’s what this story is about. And that’s a beautiful thing.