Friday, October 29, 2010


There is a man out there
driving a large white pick-up truck
that hit a pedestrian
while backing out
of a convenience store
in Sweetwater, Texas ...
and he left the scene.

That pedestrian was me.

Thursday afternoon I drove the 40 miles west of Abilene
to Sweetwater (where my mother was born and raised)
for my cousin's graveside memorial.

(But that will have to be another post.)

We were at the Old Sweetwater Cemetery
on Alabama Avenue ...
which is off of the main thoroughfare, Lamar Street.

After I left the cemetery, and I was the last one to leave the cemetery,
I stopped at the convenience store there at the main corner.

Being the sentimental girl that I am ...
I was going to take a few pictures
of the landmarks
around there.

I looked around the parking lot,
and assessed that I was safe,
before I started sighting in my affectionate object.

The next thing I knew I was
thrust forward unexpectedly.

(Hit from behind ... didn't hear or see or even sense anything coming.)

I scrambled, wondering what in the world ...
and as I turned around to see what happened to me .. or what hit me ...
I don't know ... that part is a blur ... actually most of it is a blur.

The witnesses said he hit me again ...
this time knocking me backwards.

So basically I stood up after being hit from behind,
only to be hit again from the front
as I turned around in my confusion.

I hope it was a bonafide accident,
and I hope that he doesn't know he hit me/hurt me
because ... the other alternative is too cruel.

The law enforcement in that area told me they will look for him.
They are supposed to call me tomorrow with an update.


I am fine ... not a scratch on me ...
just sore ... and a little stiff.

I am puzzled by the location of my discomfort ...
it is mostly on the left side of my body.

The point of contact was mainly on my right.
My right shoulder blade, at the back, is very tender ...
but the left side of my body is what hurts.

Mostly the left side of my neck ... on down to the top of my left shoulder ...
and my left thigh feels like it has been pulled/stretched.


One of the witnesses has become a new friend for me.
She happens to live in Abilene, and we plan
on meeting for lunch someday
to get to know each other.

The officer on the scene was a sweetheart,
and wonderful.

And he did follow-through for me, and he did find the driver.
There was video surveillance to refer back upon.

The emergency response men were friendly and fun ...
I love people who are happy, who love their job,
and who have sense of humors.

I am not a cut-throat person, and I am not vindictive,
and I will not harass/sue this person.

My first reaction at the scene was
"It could have been much worse, and I am glad it wasn't a child,
and I am fine, and I am okay, and that is all that matters."

And my reaction is still that.

I will only contact this person for reimbursement of personal expenses
if I should need to seek medical attention for a pinched nerve or anything/something like that
(which I do not foresee at this time)
if I get a large bill in the mail from the City of Sweetwater
for their emergency response services.

All involved believe this to be fair.

And, oh, I got my pictures.

All is well.

I sure do keep my Guardian Angels busy ...
they must love me a little bit :)


  1. Sorry to hear that, mc, you were banged up enough for a while. Hope you are not too much worse. Let us all know.

  2. Are you OK? Hope you got by with not so much as a scratch. Like lou said, let us know.

  3. The foot injury a few days ago is my sister's ... not me, Lou.

    I am going to be okay, Mr. DD.

  4. I'm glad you're okay. It could have been much worse.

  5. Lynn Szwalkiewicz via FacebookOctober 30, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    wow crazy! so glad you are in one piece

  6. Re: I sure do keep my Guardian Angels busy ...
    they must love me a little bit :)

    I just bet they do!!!

  7. Melissa G via FacebookOctober 31, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    Oh my goodness, so glad you are ok!! I pray you soon feel back to normal!


    Stuff like this is why I look up to you so much!

    Much as I'd like to be, I'm not sure I'd have been so forgiving...

  8. Julia G via FacebookOctober 31, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    Glad to hear you are okay but my goodness, how scary! xo

  9. Shawn via FacebookOctober 31, 2010 at 7:01 AM

    So glad you are Ok. You are right it could have been worse. I've been hit by cars twice while riding a bike. Like you I managed to walk away, and I know those aches and pains can be a bugger to deal with. Praying for a speedy recovery.

  10. Bad Luck seems to cycle, so keep your eyes open. Nice to see you have made so many new friends.

  11. You have a great, positive attitude which will pay off tenfold and more. Hopefully a hundredfold!

  12. Mendi via FacebookNovember 2, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Oh my goodness, Brooke! i am glad you are ok! that is crazy!! you should have called we stopped to eat, and when we left we passed you and honked and waved, but you were on the phone, i knew you looked upset. im so sorry. love you, and i will put pics. after work.

  13. SCARY STUFF! I'm glad you are ok! This very same thing happened to my son last spring in a Walmart parking lot. He allowed the woman to pay for his salad that was slung all over the parking lot and asked her to "look first" before pulling out.
    Anyway, he didn't start feeling the real pains until nearly a week later. I think your body protects itself (perhaps shock of some sort?). So be sure REALLY ok over the next few weeks.
    Sorry to hear this happened to you :o(

  14. Oh, good Lord! I'm glad you're okay. I am without words. I shudder to think what *could* have happened. Just glad you're okay.

  15. Looking back on it, I shudder too.

    If I didn't have the wherewithal to scramble after being hit (the first time) from behind, I could have easily found myself squashed underneath his tires.

    The second hit (from the front) was probably cushioned from my confusion and disorientation ... in the immediate seconds after that happened, I really don't know what happened ... but after I gathered my senses, although "shooken" up, it didn't stop me from getting my snapshots :)

    I really am fine ... I really think so ... I am just sore.

    You know that saying, "I feel like I've been hit by a Mack truck?"



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