Some of you may have seen my tweets on Saturday afternoon about almost running over a child.
We had just left home and were on our way to the shops. There was a car parked on the left hand side of the road and as I approached it a small boy, maybe 5 years old, opened the back door and ran across the road. I slammed on brakes and swerved slightly to the left. I came to a full stop just as the boy reached the right hand corner of my bonnet, I did hit him, hard enough to knock him down. He jumped right up and carried on running across the road.
I cant even begin to imagine what might have happened. My blood runs cold just thinking about it. If I had been looking at my phone or had turned for even a second to look at my kids in the back the situation could have turned out differently.
I pulled over to the left of the road so I could get out and see if the boy was ok and while I was doing that Paul was watching him. Apparently someone on the other side of the road gave this little guy a massive smack when he got to the other side. By the time I got out the car a woman had picked him up and had come across the road to crap on the boys dad for not locking the doors and watching his kids.
The little boy was sobbing his eyes out mostly from the smack he got. The boys dad wouldnt make eye contact with me and wouldnt respond to the verbal lashing he was getting from this woman. I hope that he wasnt talking because he was in shock and not because he didnt care. The woman assured me that the little boy was ok and we made him walk so that we could see if he was injured.
She then asked if my car was damaged. OMG! Woman, I dont care about the damn car!
We swapped numbers and I called her later that evening to see if the boy was ok. She said he was fine and that they would carry on watching him and let me know if anything changed.
Needless to say, I gave Aaron a huge lecture on running across roads and about looking out for cars and only crossing if he was holding an adults hand. I think he got quite a fright too when I slammed on brakes.
Please please please be careful when you drive. Dont send texts or check mails, dont take your eyes off the road. Be aware of what is around you.
Please please please teach your children road safety. Make sure they understand the dangers. Scare the crap out of them if you have to.