Oh my God! I just saved a lady's life! And I'm even serious!

@TheHorse (204832)
Walnut Creek, California
June 14, 2020 8:30pm CST
I was just driving home from Safeway when I came to an intersection that has a quick stop light. The light was green for me, but I knew but could change at any second, so I acceleerated to near the speed limit, which I believe was 35 mph. I was in the left lane, and in front of me and slightly to my left, I spied a youngish white or Latina woman crossing left to right against the light. As she was still "on the other side," I assumed she would stop near the cement median, which is about four feet wide. Only when I was already IN the intersection did I realize she was texting AND had headphones on. In a fraction of a second, I turned as hard as I could into the right lane without losing control of my Nissan Xterra. As I passed her, she walked DIRECTLY into the spot I would have gone through had I not done the abrupt lane change. Only as I passed her did she realize that I was even there. I watched her in the rear view mirror as she stopped, looked at me, looked to her right, and then looked ahead, realizing then (I assume) that she was crossing against the light. Had I been someone with average reaction time, or someone texting, she would be dead now. I know this is a bit weird, but I sometimes watch airplane crash videos. I want to be aware of everything that can go wrong, so I can avoid the kinds of errors that lead to death. I'll attach a video of an airplane crash that could have been avoided if the pilot of either plane, or the air traffic controller, had double- or triple-checked all parameters to ensure separation between the two planes. You don't need to watch it to get my point. Have you ever saved someone else's life?
https://twitter.com/AirCrashMayday On Friday, December 16, 1960, United Airlines Flight 826, a Douglas DC-8-11, bound for Idlewild Airport (later renamed Joh...
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@wolfgirl569 (94477)
• Marion, Ohio
15 Jun 20
Similar. I pulled into a parking lot to see a guy doing the same thing you described. I had to wait on him. Many people would have been going to fast and hit him.
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@wolfgirl569 (94477)
• Marion, Ohio
15 Jun 20
@TheHorse Seen him almost walk onto a couple of parked cars. He was that into his phone
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
@wolfgirl569 I had an Asian kid walk right in front of me on the bike path while I was cycling. He may have been playing that Pokemon game. I screeched to a halt and looked at him with no expression. He kept right on going without saying "sorry."
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
I'd be tempted to come right up on him and screech my brakes.
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@FourWalls (61781)
• United States
15 Jun 20
Yeah, mine. I had a semi that decided he wanted the lane I was in and he knew my Honda Civic would give him no argument. Into the median I went.
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@FourWalls (61781)
• United States
15 Jun 20
@TheHorse — thankfully, just hit grass. No damage except to my nerves. And he kept on going.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
Did you crash? Or just have to drive in that median lane? If it was the former, did he stop to help you?
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
@FourWalls I am glad to hear that.
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@snowy22315 (169319)
• United States
15 Jun 20
Not sure about that, but I have saved people from almost certain injury.
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@snowy22315 (169319)
• United States
15 Jun 20
@TheHorse There was a cart full of kids about to roll of the curb and into the street. I grabbed it.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
How did you do so?
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
@snowy22315 Where was their grown-up?
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@noni1959 (9858)
• United States
15 Jun 20
I see this so often when I go into Salem (Oregon) and go down a street called Lancaster. It's not a good street and I hate driving it but Petsmart is there. It never fails, someone crosses against the light and many times while texting. Good for you changing lanes. She should be grateful and it wake her up to stay off the phone when out.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
She may be clueless and not even know that her life was saved by my quick reflexes.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
@noni1959 That was my thought too. If she survives.
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@noni1959 (9858)
• United States
15 Jun 20
@TheHorse Unfortunately, it will an accident to wake her up...if she survives.
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@thelme55 (76433)
• Germany
15 Jun 20
OMG! I am glad you were very alert. One day, that girl might have an accident if she still keeps on texting while walking.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Jun 20
I don't know if she even realized how close she came to dying.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Jun 20
@thelme55 I don't either.
@thelme55 (76433)
• Germany
16 Jun 20
@TheHorse I don´t think she realized it.
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@JimBo452020 (42629)
• United Kingdom
15 Jun 20
Well done indeed on not mowing her down into oblivion. Have I ever saved someones life? Nah.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
I wonder if today's texting lady even realizes her life was saved by an alert driver today.
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@JimBo452020 (42629)
• United Kingdom
15 Jun 20
@TheHorse Well I didnt want to slaughter her on a forum like this, Someone somewhere would take issue and defend her actions or make allowances for it and make me out to be the villain Trust me, on a motorbike you see it all, And its scary
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
@JimBo452020 I am afraid of motorcycles. Yes, people like to externalize blame.
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• United States
15 Jun 20
I have had near misses with people that enter or run out in a crosswalk without looking. Had someone literally run out from behind a parked car and I nearly missed him. I am talking fractions of an inch. I hit the horn and he jumped a mile and ran faster. I was shouted WTF dude!!!
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
I don't understand how people can be so clueless. Darwin Awards and all that, I suppose.
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@GardenGerty (157378)
• United States
15 Jun 20
Oh how scary. I hope she noticed how close she came to being hit. it is always good to drive defensively.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
That IS something I always do.
@marguicha (214932)
• Chile
15 Jun 20
There are too many people texting and with headphones on. She was lucky that you saw her.
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@marguicha (214932)
• Chile
15 Jun 20
@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
She's lucky I'm an ex-baseball player. It was very close.
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@LadyDuck (456944)
• Switzerland
15 Jun 20
Doing something as you did? Yes, my husband saved dozens of idiots lives, all those youngsters who walk looking at their phones instead to look at the road. I do not drive, but I often grab someone when I realize she/he is crossing while a car is arriving.
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@LadyDuck (456944)
• Switzerland
15 Jun 20
@TheHorse I see more and more young people only looking at their smartphone, it's just like they were hypnotized... may be they are, brainwashed!
@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
I'm surprised more of these idiots don't get hit.
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@LindaOHio (155082)
• United States
15 Jun 20
It's lucky that you were paying attention even though she wasn't!
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
It really is. Imagine if I'd been texting!
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@holdoors (2487)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 20
If you count , calling ambulance as the first one on scene , maybe yes...
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
Yes, I've been there too. What was your situation?
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@holdoors (2487)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 20
@TheHorse Well, I saw a lorry smash into a motorcycle until the guy flew off his bike... It was pretty bad but luckily no fatality.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
@holdoors Glad he survived. In my case, I was cycling when a guy had a heart attack and plowed into a construction site. I was the first on scene, turned off his engine (his rear ties were spinning, as his muscle contractions had caused him to "floor it," and a small fire had started in the brush near his right rear tire), and had someone call 911. I left the scene after the ambulance arrived.
@CarolDM (203454)
• Nashville, Tennessee
15 Jun 20
Similar situation to Four Walls. No injuries thankfully.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
I'm glad there were no injuries. Did yours involve a "semi" as well?
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@CarolDM (203454)
• Nashville, Tennessee
15 Jun 20
@TheHorse No, it was another car. But I have been very close to semi trucks as well.
@DocAndersen (54413)
• United States
15 Jun 20
that is scary, glad you reacted quickly and weren't forced into a worse situation. distracted walking/running/driving is epidemic.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
It really is.
@chavezrmc (6095)
• Philippines
15 Jun 20
Yes, it happened two months ago. A relative have a mild stroke and he even didn't notice it. But the moment I've seen him from afar and when i got nearer I have seen and heard difference in his speech and movement. I told him that we need to go to to the nearest hospital and he was saved . Time is essential when this happened and we have to think that we all live once and we have to act fast.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
Interesting that he could not tell he was speaking oddly. Glad you were there.
@1creekgirl (40347)
• United States
15 Jun 20
My goodness. Did she realize what almost happened? Thank God you were able to act in time.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
I know she was surprised. I don't know (I doubt it) that an ex-baseball player with lightning fast reflexes changed lanes at the last moment and saved her life.
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@sallypup (57548)
• Centralia, Washington
15 Jun 20
I hope that ditzy woman learned her lesson. I have wondered what would have happened from time to time, for instance, when a lady started to barrel through an intersection without noting that we would broadside if she did that. My laying on the horn woke her and from her expression, left her horrified. But she also braked her vehicle and minded her stopping before we impacted.
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
Twice, I have hesitated (intuition?) before entering an intersection at a green light while a texting driver sped through a red light and almost t-boned me.
• India
15 Jun 20
That's good you were aware of it and that woman was just casually passing the red light
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
I am glad I was able to react quickly.
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@Lavanya15 (12888)
• Chennai, India
15 Jun 20
That's great, I indeed lol. Have a nice day
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
Saving a life is kind of fun.
@Adie04 (17361)
15 Jun 20
Walking at the road while texting is both dangerous and, stupid
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@TheHorse (204832)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 20
It's incredible how many people do it.