Tales from my youth - "The Accident"

Blair Gowrie By Blair Gowrie, 12th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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After knocking the motorcycle driver down, the car driver showed no interest in him, but was only concered with possible damage to his car.

Man's inhumanity to man.

I used to drink beer in the evenings in a little roadside shop not far from my house, and from my vantage point in the shop I had a good view of the pedestrians passing by and of the busy traffic on the street.

Being alone, I used to daydream quite a lot, but one day I was awoken from my reverie by the screeching sounds of suddenly applied brakes, the scream of rubber tyres on concrete, and the subsequent clash of metal on metal. I looked at the scene outside to see an overturned motorcycle, its driver lying prone on the road, and a stationary car.

There was a short hiatus. The car driver then got out and walked quickly towards the man lying on the ground. But after giving him a cursory look, he at once turned to making a careful examination of the front of his car. Satisfied that there was little or no damage, and paying no attention to the prostrate figure on the ground, he strode swiftly back to the front door of his car seemingly oblivious to the curses, insults and jeers being rained down on him by the gathering crowd of onlookers, some of whom had already run to help the stricken man, got in, and drove away. From first to last, this whole episode had taken just thirty seconds.


Accident, Beer, Brakes, Car-Crash, Collision, Concrete, Crash, Curses, Insults, Jeers, Motorcycle, Onlookers, Road Traffic, Rubber, Rubber Tyres, Shop, Traffic

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Jul 2011 (#)

I've seen a similar scene myself - a crash between a little old lady and a young man who drove his mustang. Instead of being concerned for the old lady, he screamed at her for damaging his car. When our possessions become more important than people, we've lost our humanity.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
12th Jul 2011 (#)

True, some people never bother about others suffering and even some people never respond when someone is dying in front of them helplessly!

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author avatar Spicy
12th Jul 2011 (#)

This one is very helpful and good caution article, Thanks for the sharing.

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
12th Jul 2011 (#)

It looks so cruel and inhumanity. I myself saw similar accident many times. Where are these people's sense of humanity?

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