Day 27

The pedestrian witness

January 26th, 2012

As I was walking down 34th Street in Sunnyside today, I saw a tractor-trailer hit a parked car while making a right turn. The driver didn't stop, so I followed him over a couple of blocks to his destination at a nearby loading dock. I told him he had hit a car; he said he didn't realize that, but that he would go take care of it as soon as he finished up what he was doing. He seemed nice enough, but I jotted down his license plates, etc., just to be safe. I walked back over to the car that he had hit, and noticed an FDNY parking pass on top of the dashboard. Looking around, I saw an FDNY building (the Medical Equipment Unit) nearby, so I rang the buzzer and went inside. It turns out that the car belongs to the gentleman (Steve? Rob!) second from the left, who seems, oddly, to be the happiest of the four guys pictured. Anyway, I passed along the information I gathered, just in case the trucker decided to flee the scene.

What else will I end up witnessing while I'm walking?


  1. Brittany O. says:

    I would never be that happy if my car was hit-and-runned. Cool stories!

  2. tom says:

    I’m sure you’ll run into some strange situations- lets just hope nothing too serious goes down.

  3. Gigi says:

    “You’ll get mixed up, of course,
    as you already know.
    You’ll get mixed up
    with many strange birds as you go.
    So be sure when you step.
    Step with care and great tact
    and remember that Life’s
    a Great Balancing Act.
    Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
    And never mix up your right foot with your left.”

  4. Chris in Wisconsin says:

    Good job, Matt. The whole incident could be a premise for a movie.

  5. Karen Too says:

    Good for you, Matt.

    Maybe Steve is smiling because you did a good deed, and because he knows he won’t have to pay for the damage to his car. ;-)

    Odds are that the driver who hit the car was not going to contact Steve.

    As for what else you’ll witness, Matt, the possibilities are endless. :-)

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