I'll just tell you the story. I went to pick up my youngest daughter from the bus and when I got home and walked in the front door, my oldest daughter was sitting on the couch. She is learning to wash and brush dogs and although the training is free, she has to come up with dogs to practice on before our groomer feels comfortable letting her handle client dogs. She had taken the Chev HHR to pick up/drop off a friend's dog because her car doesn't have an open trunk space like the HHR.
I could tell by the back of her head something was wrong (cuz that's what mom's do). I thought, "Bad day dog grooming?" "Did she get bit?" "Lose a dog?" So I said, "Are you okay?"
She wailed, "No! I hit a jaywalker. He was running across the turn lane and I slowed down and thought he was going to stop, but he kept going and I hit him!"
"Is he okay?"
"He just got up and ran away!"
"That's weird, he must've been running from something."
"I need a hug!"
If there was ever a time to pull on my parenting panties, this was it. "Damn, I hate when that happens."
I gave her a hug, let her cry on my shoulder a bit, assured her it wasn't her fault and told her we needed to call the police and report it in case the person she hit reports it. So I called and explained it to the dispatcher, who said she should have stayed at the scene, but they could send an officer out to the house.
Why stay at the scene? The supposed victim got up and ran away; where is the scene exactly? He was jayrunning across a 6-lane city highway (including turn lanes), she was driving in a turn lane; she wasn't exactly responsible for the accident. She wasn't in trouble though, and didn't have to return to the scene, so I opted to have the cop come out to the house.
The officer shows up about 20-30 minutes later and says, "I already know what happened, but go ahead and explain it to me." Oh, my daughter and I had done our research; I had Google maps pulled up with the street view of the exact location to show him where she was and where the guy ran out from. It didn't get that far.
She explained what happened and the officer said, "He was a shoplifter running away from security guards and if your car isn't damaged, you don't need to contact your insurance company."
Then Lucy kitty decided the officer should love her and jumped up to the back of the couch where he was standing in the door way. He petted her until she bit him. She jumped down and ran around the corner down the hall.
We chatted with the officer a little more while Lucy commenced racing up and down the hall. The officer pulled out a laser pointer and began to beam the red light while Lucy chased it.
It all became rather humorous at that point; who gets into these predicaments anyway? I asked him about staying at the scene and he said she should have pulled into a parking lot and called 911. Did you know that? They don't exactly teach you in driver's ed what to do when you hit someone and they get up and run away.
Then the officer said, "You should have hit him harder." He was joking, but not really because they know this guy and haven't been able to catch him. Then he left and Lucy waited in the hallway for the red dot to reappear.
Later, my youngest and I took the HHR to practice driving and she noticed the mirror was folded in. My daughter didn't hit the guy, the guy must've hit the car seeing as how he popped the mirror in and the mirror is on the side of the car. His timing must've been off; as he was fleeing across a 6-lane highway, he was probably looking behind him. Then my daughter saw him, slowed down, which he didn't expect, and he ran into the side of the car. She was so shocked she just couldn't remember exactly what happened
I just have this image of him running into the car and sliding down the window, screeeeeeeeee. It wasn't funny when it happened, but again, who do these things ever happen to?
Not surprisingly he didn't report that he'd been hit by a car. But for that kind of trauma to my daughter, she should've hit him harder.