First thing, for those of you reading this post, yes, he is okay. Bumps and bruises will heal. It went something like this: my son (14 years old) was riding his bike on the sidewalk and was just about to head out into the street past some very low hanging trees to cross the street when he saw a car and slammed on his brakes, his front tire out in the gutter of the street. The car was turning right, at a stop sign, which it was rolling through (yes, the famous California stop we all joke about).
The driver's head was turned left the entire time, looking for oncoming traffic, but never once checked back to the right before rolling on through the stop sign very close to the curb and driving into and over my son's bike, which he was lucky enough to jump off of backwards/sideways to avoid getting run over by the car. My son said it was like slow motion, but then suddenly realizing he was on the ground but okay.
I give the driver credit for getting out of the car, apologizing (my son saying, it's okay), and offering to pay for his bike to be fixed (my son, gentleman that he is, said no, it's okay). What I don't understand is the fact that the driver then proceeded get back in the car and leave my son there, on the sidewalk, with a crunched, unridable bike, leaving no name, phone number, no offer of a ride home, no offer to call security, no offer to use a cell phone to call a parent to come and get him home. This driver just DROVE OFF AND LEFT HIM THERE. I can only think this person was in shock and wasn't thinking clearly themselves.
While I thank God that my son walked away with a few bruises and a scrape or two and a healthy fear of the dangers of cars vs people, I am sad and angry that anyone, especially in the fantastic community of caring people, would leave a child in that situation, especially when that person had a hand in the situation. I am so aware that the phone call I got from my son about the accident could have been a very different kind of phone call if the timing had been just a tad different, I can't bear to think about it. Thank you so much to the people who live on the corner of that street who came out to help him and offered him a ride home and asked if he needed help.
The worst part of this for my son besides being afraid to go back out on the street: his bike, which was his method of transportation to some of the odd jobs he has been doing this past year to earn his Student Ambassador tuition for his delegation trip in July, is ruined. The bike was given to him by one of the many generous people who have hired him to do yard work, pet sitting, babysitting and other jobs, and he will have to replace it with some of his trip funds, or do without it for now.
The point of my lengthy (sorry) Forum Post is please, please. please, I urge you to pay attention, don't roll around those blind corners, don't cut turns, please slow down and look around you, STOP at the stop signs, look back the way you are headed BEFORE you turn the corner. Please drive just a little bit safer tomorrow, stay a little more alert, an extra second or two is all it takes. We aren't looking for the driver or actively pursuing anything, I just want people to be aware, and to think, and to DO THE RIGHT THING, stick around and make sure the kid has an adult present to help before you leave. Thank you.