Friday, August 22, 2008

Close call

On Monday, August 18, approximately 10:15 a.m., I was in Hailey, parked in front of Susie Paperie on W. Carbonate Street, just behind the Big Belly Deli. I backed out of my parking place (there was a car parked on my left), and started east toward Main Street.

I was just beginning to accelerate, must have been going less than 10 mph, when a young boy--maybe 10-12 years old--on a bicycle, flew--airborne!--across the street just in front of my car, landing about halfway across Carbonate. This was not at the intersection, but quite a distance back. I quickly braked, he continued to pedal on across the street. I waited a few seconds, then accelerated to continue to the intersection when I realized there was another young cyclist coming off the high step at the side of the Big Belly Deli, who would have crossed just behind my car had he not hit the curb at the bottom of the step and fallen (both bike and boy)! I stopped, waited as he got up, pulled his bicycle up and met the other boy, back on the south side of Carbonate. I got out of my car and called to him "Are you okay?" I believe he nodded as they continued going west.

If my sons had been seen doing something so potentially dangerous, I would want to know. I probably would impound their bikes for a month! So, if your son got home on the 18th, bruised and scraped, maybe with a damaged bike? I can only hope these two boys were as shaken and frightened as I was, over what could have been a very serious accident for either or both of them.

LaRee H. Morgan

Sun Valley

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