STRESS INDUCED MEMORY PROBLEMS.....CRASHES.... A BAD AFTERNOON... 
Monday, February 22, 2016, 03:20 PM
Posted by Administrator
The bad afternoon was for our motor scooter renter in the other business who became target-fixated on an AMR ambulance sitting at a traffic light and, instead of following me and turning right, went straight at the ambulance. She drove up the curb, across a narrow median and caught the front tire of the scooter on the other curb at which point the scooter tripped and she spilled into the street between the curb and the left side of the ambulance. She chipped her front tooth, likely had other loose teeth and needed a few stitches under her chin. Thankfully, she didn't hit her head, didn't break bones, didn't end up with neck or back pain and left for the hospital in a car.......not an ambulance.

A Police Community Service Aid who arrived near to the time Fire/Rescue was leaving asked me which of the three scooters sitting at the scene was the accident scooter. I pointed to the wrong scooter. The Aid asked how it happened and I related that I saw all or most of the accident and that the rider headed towards the ambulance and hit the curb but didn't run over the median. She told me the rider said she'd run over the median and, a few minutes later, showed me fresh marks on both curbs that indicated that the rider was correct. The aid asked me which side the scooter had fallen on. I said "left". Really, it was the right.

And, as I replayed in my head what I had seen, I began to realize that I didn't see all of what, at first, I thought I'd seen. In the rearview mirror of my scooter, I saw our renter making a very, very wide turn.....so wide, THAT it was clear to me that she was going to leave the street. So, I stopped and turned my head around and saw the rider either a foot in the air between the ambulance and the curb.....or, already on the ground. I am not sure which. While I stopped and before I turned around, the rider had traversed the median.

The stress of seeing one of our renters getting into a wreck that could have killed her caused me memory problems. I decided I'd seen a moment of the accident that I hadn't seen (hit curb vs. run up on curb and across median). But, my memory was close enough to what actually happened that I would have left the scene thinking it was accurate..... had the Aid not walked me through it.

Scary.

Note: A friend of mine recently fell off his bicycle and onto his face (probably it is not a great idea to carry a portable fan in your hand while riding a bike..... but, that is a personal decision and your fan probably won't get to your house on its own). He believed he hadn't hit his head and went to a plastic surgeon for stitches for his above-the-eye laceration. $600. Something to consider....as opposed to a hospital ER visit.... if you haven't hit your head and your back/neck doesn't hurt.
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