My commute this morning was a little more interesting than usual. While biking across Menlo Park I watched an obviously impaired driver in an old Subaru attempting something like a three point turn that became more like a 15 point turn. This is on a low speed school zone road, and the other drivers kept well away from this Subaru.
When three fire trucks, paramedic, ambulance, fire command truck, and a police car came roaring past with sirens and lights ablaze, the Subaru driver freaked out and darted out directly in front of the first fire truck. The fireman, fortunately, avoided hitting the little Subaru and continued to his fire emergency.
The police car in this parade held back to let traffic clear out a bit. Subaru driver continued into traffic at about walking speed — which is how I kept up to watch the shenanigans — and the police officer instructed her to pull over. She freaked out again and stopped in the middle of a four way intersection, tying up traffic in all directions. She then put her car into reverse and backed up (still in slow motion) into the cop car. That’s when the cop got on his horn and instructed the driver to put the car in park and put her hands on the wheel. When I finally edged past this driver she appeared to be an elderly woman who seemed to be suffering a stroke. Whatever it was, she looked very confused, poor woman.
I eventually caught up to where the fire trucks all parked. They were responding to a car crash. (What else would it be?)
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