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Thought I watched someone die tonight...

Ophelia Black

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Sitting at my computer right next to a window that overlooks the back lane. Heard someone driving way too fast, and also a police siren. Looked down on the lane and a big newish dark grey SUV is flying up the lane towards Jervis street. I'm thinking, please, please don't anybody be in that intersection, because these guys are going to blow right through it.

Too late. Another smaller SUV, driving at normal speed along Jervis. The dinks speeding in the lane didn't even brake. They T-boned the hell out of the smaller vehicle, and both vehicles veer out of my line of sight, there's another hugh crash sound, and the police siren stops. I hear a horn blaring, stuck.

I don't know where the hell the cop car is. It was NOT pursuing the larger vehicle. I phone 9-11, tell them what I saw, tell them a police vehicle may be involved, but I can't see. She asks if my phone is mobile, tell her no, but that I've got a cell and I'll go to the scene, she tells me to call them back as soon as I can see what's happened.

I run to the scene. The larger vehicle is a BMW, and it run up on the sidewalk and plowed through a concrete block wall protecting a ramp to an underground parking lot. The smaller vehicle, a Nissan Pathfinder has been knocked a good thirty feet from the impact and is sitting upright in the far side of the lane where it continues on after crossing Jervis.

There's a guy laying on his side on the sidewalk about 10 feet from the steaming and demolished front end of the BMW, already in cuffs, I'm talking to 9-11 again, and tell them undercover guys are on the scene and hang up.

I run up to see the Pathfinder. It's an older guy in the passenger side with a little white dog in his lap. It looks like they were moving, because there are all these household items and furniture inside. I can't see the woman driver who was on the impact side. The man looks utterly stunned, and the little dog standing in his lap has its paws up on the passenger window and looks around at all the people.

I go over to were the first guy was in cuffs, and now see a second guy also in cuffs. I start screaming at him, "You fucking idiots, you could of killed somebody! What the fuck is wrong with you?! You coulda hit me - I walk through that lane all the time! You fucking assholes!" They are both in their early 20's and their faces are utterly impassive. You know they're just wondering how quick their lawyers can meet them at the downtown lockup.

I assume they've stolen the BMW. I also assume the siren I heard came from the undercover car that was travelling down Jervis towards the Pathfinder, hoping to maybe cut off the BMW before it hit the intersection. Instead, I think the accident happened directly in front of them, which is how the driver ended up in cuffs within two minutes, tops.

Meanwhile two uniform cops are yelling at me to step away and I'm ignoring them because I am so very, very angry. The cuffed guy closest to me tells me to fuck off, I say no, fuck YOU! And move away and stand with the crowd that's gathered.

This happened at five pm on a sunny weekday afternoon a block and a half off Robson. There were people everywhere, coming
home from work, going to the corner store, walking their dogs.

A new cop comes over and I fill out a statement. I say to him, "One of these days you guys won't be on the scene this quick, and assholes like that are going to get lynched in the street" He said, "I hope so".

I finished the statement, and walk over to where the cuffed asshole is I had yelled at previously, and who had been giving me the evil eye while I filled out the form, and tell him, "I'll be seeing you, prick". He just glares.

I realize I'm only wearing a runner's bra-style top and sweat bottoms, and that I'm freezing, and go home.

Later I ask an accident specialist if the Pathfinder driver was ok, and he says yes. But they took her away in an ambulance, so I'm not really sure what that meant. OK? Or not dead?

Some days I really hate people.
 

Ophelia Black

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Last time I saw one of those, the driver of the hit car died at the scene. And that poor woman in Surrey with her two kids on life support kept flashing through my head when I was screaming at that loser.

You know what weirds me out about a lot of these things? How many of them don't make the papers or news at all. The armed standoff about three weeks ago in the parking lot of the building beside me never made it in.

And that was a lot of cops. Eight cops yelling at this idiot to drop what he's got in his hand. This is Valentine's Day night, at around midnight, rainy and dark, and this guy DOESN'T drop what he's got in his bloody hand for a good 5-6 seconds.

Like what was a better use of his time at that moment? Thinking about what he should pick up at the store? Wondering if he left the iron on?
 

Ophelia Black

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Hee hee! I love the West End! There are so may people in a small area that just by the law of statistics, X amount of them will be up to no good - hell, I'm one of them, according to many - but it also means it's a fun and lively place to be.

You can live in my kitchen. But you have to do the dishes.
 

Fotura

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Similar to what happened last night in Surrey. Two cars speeding and one loses control and runs into a bus shelter hitting a 71 year old lady.

On the news later a friend of the driver came to pickup what's left of the car and is laughing at the victim. The car was insured for one day, Monday, so it was not covered.

I feel your anger and it justs makes you want to see how much they would like being on the receiving end.
 

Ophelia Black

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Ha! We'll eventually meet in the neighbourhood, I'm sure - most likely while watching some disaster or another unfold; fires, car crashes, shootings - it's the time-honoured way to meet your neighbours here;

YOU:

"Holy crap! What the hell happened here? My name's______, and I live in that building right over there!"

NEW PAL:

"No way! I'm________, I live in the building across the street, and I think that guy shot that guy...or maybe ran him over...or maybe ran him over, then set him on fire..."

BTW - I met a very cute guy named Vlad near the scene. Hmmm. He was taking pictures of the wrecked cars, and dressed all in black. Maybe I should have asked to look at his teeth...
 

Gobble_Gook

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Ya know if you kicked the handcuffed guy in the balls while he was down ... the cops wouldn't have seen a thing. Hopefully he wouldn't have a chance to add to the gene pool!
 

BS Detector

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To step up and help Ophelia. Most people are too scared to get involved. It takes more effort than jusy the police to fight assholes and maybe someday we'll win and not let the scum take over our cities.

I hear ya on hating some people too!!!
 

Ophelia Black

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I desperately wanted to wind up and kick the guy in the chops, but he was cuffed, on his knees with hands secured behind his back, and it wouldn't have been very fair, kind of like...oh...I don't know...STEALING A CAR AND TEARING THROUGH A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBOURHOOD PACKED WITH PEOPLE UNTIL YOU NAIL SOME UNSUSPECTING DRIVER WHO HAS NO CHANCE TO AVOID YOU!

On second thought, I really ought to have kneed him in the face - but I would have been arrested for sure, given there were at least 20 witnesses, including the two cops. I mean, even if they didn't want to, with a crowd standing around, they would have had to.

I really hope that lady is OK, and that those idiots do time. Shouldn't running up and bashing somebody with an SUV be aggravated assault?
 

sushiman

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Those criminals showed a complete and utter disregard for all but themselves. That is, unfortunately, an attitude we are encountering much more frequently than we would wish. Another unfortunate outcome is that the court system will likely go soft on them and further reinforce their bad attitude. :mad: :mad:

Your concern for the lady shows you have the fortitude to speak up rather than going along with the majority of people who would just avoid becoming involved in the situation. GOOD on you. :) :)

Yoou desire to punish them on the spot is noted - you wouldn't get away with it whereas some of Vancouver's finest can get away with similar behaviour a la Guns n Roses. :( :(
 

Cock Throppled

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Ophelia- Bravo for getting involved and being what is becoming a rare commodity nowadays - A good citizen.
Your actions make me want to meet you. Congratulations on doing the right thing and for caring about the victims.
 

Ophelia Black

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Thanks guys! The way I see it, we don't have very long on this earth to get it right, and more and more often now, I find myself compelled to step up and do what I perceive is the right thing.

It'll probably get me killed one of these days, but I can't think of a better way to go.

franklyhuge;

Thanks for the props on the writing - I'm a UBC creative writing student who's a bit burnt out on the whole writing thing but every once in a while it creeps in there ;)
 
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