Friday, October 25, 2019

So very grateful

I was at Yosemite yesterday at a work event when I got a text from M that Sam had been hit by a car on his way to school. A driver ran a red light & hit him in the crosswalk, while he was on his bike. Luckily, the driver hit on the front of his bike, & he fell & has bumps & scrapes. It was inches/seconds away from him being under the truck.

I have a lot of other feelings/emotions, particularly about how the driver behaved (attempted to leave the scene, repeatedly screamed at Sam, called him (and the other witnesses) a liar, tried to get Sam to talk to her insurance company to admit fault, etc), but instead I will focus on the witness who spent 90 minutes of his morning with Sam, shielding him from this person, getting a hold of my husband, calling the police, and being Sam's advocate. He also followed up yesterday to check on him. Super, super grateful that we had someone to help us out.

All of the feelings. So incredibly grateful that Sam is okay. 

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  1. OMG that terrible. I am so glad he is ok and that someone who is a decent human helped him. I also hope that lady was charged. Hugs, so hard to be out of town at a time like that

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    1. It was really hard to not be home & able to help. Luckily for both of us, I was supported well by people at work, and he was supported by a complete stranger. I am so appreciative that the witness stepped in.

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  2. Oh my gosh, how frightening! I'm so glad Sam is OK other than the scrapes and bumps. And I'm so glad he had an advocate there for him. Shame on the driver for doing that to him.

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    1. We are so very grateful, both that Sam is well & that the witness stopped to help. He's a dad of four kids himself & was amazing during the entire situation.

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  3. I'm so glad your son is okay. I hope the woman who hit him was arrested!

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    1. There were multiple witnesses & we are working closely with the police!

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  4. What a nightmare! I am thankful you are all ok(save Sam's cuts and bruises). What a despicable human being to act that way to a child, whether they were in the wrong or not!

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    1. Sam is fine. I'm still pretty emotional about everything.

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  5. Oh my! I am so happy to hear he is OK, but what an awful person! Thank heavens there are guardian types that are willing to go outside of their own comfort zone for right. It had to have been doubly traumatic for Sam as well-being hit, then being yelled at and blamed. I am furious for you.

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    1. Despite how helpless I felt not being able to be there in the moment, it's best that M handled it because I would. . . not have dealt well to the driver. At all.

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  6. oh, what a shock you must of gotten! so glad Sam is OK. thank goodness for the kindness of strangers.

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  7. Glad your son is ok. Hope that driver losses her license and a hefty fine.

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    1. We are so lucky there were witnesses who back up Sam's story.

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  8. Oh my goodness! How scary for Sam in all respects. Glad he is mostly okay. Hopefully the driver is given consequences. Thank goodness for that guardian angel for your son.

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    1. Thank you. It was a terrifying ordeal all around

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  9. Thank God your son is okay!! How nice of the stranger to mediate between your son and that idiot driver.

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  10. I cannot think of anything worse than a message letting you know your child was hurt. I am thrilled it was no worse than it was but so very sorry it happened at all. Thank goodness there was s 'helper' there for him. As for the jerk driver__well there are words but not words fit for print.

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    1. I'm with you. I was in a car with two ladies from work for several hours, and like Sam having his helper, these ladies took care of everything for me (calling the school, taking my mind off of everything, making sure I was okay). I can't imagine trying to drive home alone from my work event.

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  11. I have no repeatable words for the driver that hit your son, but am sincerely glad that he is ok, and that someone stepped in and advocated for him during a very traumatic time. There ARE still good people out there and I think you're right to focus on that, and that your son is safe. Sending a big hug to you all xx

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    1. Totally agree. This guy gave up a huge chunk of his morning to help our son, and was so concerned, following up with us afterward.

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  12. OMG! I am so happy that Sam has just cuts and bruises but so sorry that this happened to him. What kind of person is so despicable to do this and then try to get out of the responsibility. Thank God for the person who helped him. That shows that there still are some good people in this world.

    I am praying that Sam is not traumatized by this.

    I hope this person loses her license.

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    1. Sam appears to be fine. Honestly, I'm pretty traumatized & keep crying for no reason. I feel like i'm coming off of a really scary experience, which is true. I'm so grateful that he appears to be minimally worse for the situation.

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  13. Hopefully there were cameras in the intersection for evidence.

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    1. Sadly, no cameras. However, multiple witnesses who stayed to give their contact information.

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  14. Just got back. How awful. I am so sorry and I am so grateful he is okay. This could have been so very bad.

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    1. Oh, thank you. It was a terrible, terrible few days. Sam is fine. I'm still emotionally pretty fragile about it.

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