I’m always amazed more of this doesn’t happen when you see how the whole world is inappropriately on their phone.
Pete now has two broken legs, a fractured hip, a dislocated shoulder and three kids, not too convenient for a counter-man who serves a good 300 people a day.
I went to see him at Roosevelt Hospital shocked at what I saw. This strapping fellow with the John Cassavetes eyes looked like a flimsy facsimile of his former self. His pupils sunk deep in their pockets, his cheekbones sharp as glass. He said it hurt even to eat because apparently when the car hit, he bit his lips till they bled.
I sat in a chair listening to him relive that horrible few minutes. The doctors say, it might take as long as 6 to 8 months for him to be able to go back to work, and even then, will he be able to be the way he was…still a big question.
I asked about the driver…was he charged with negligence? Were there any witnesses?
The answer is no to both questions unless you count Pete who was the only one who saw him texting. He didn’t even look up right away, even as Pete slid beneath his Ford Mustang, allegedly finishing his text.
When he realized what happened, he stopped the car calling for an ambulance.
I am accosted by smartphoners everywhere I go. How many times do I have to slide toward the curb because some cow is Tweeting.
There needs to be some type of new lawful policy to keep this dangerous habit going any more viral.
Do we write our congressman? Storm City Hall? Technology is becoming a liability to those without boundaries and common sense.