Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Flying debris is dangerous

This morning, Thursday, July 12, I was driving to work from Bellevue to Hailey. A white pickup truck with a utility trailer with a steel mesh back gate was driving north in front of me. At approximately Flying Hat Ranch, a large piece of white painted wood with what looked to be 4-by-4 posts on either end flew out of either the truck or trailer. I was hit square in the front of my car by this wood. It was dragged under my car, causing damage to my undercarriage and my front bumper. The driver of the truck never stopped.

Fourteen years ago, I was hit by a steel wellhead pipe improperly strapped to a truck rack. My car was destroyed and I was badly injured. The vision of something flying at my car once again was devastating.

Fortunately, Deputy Ed Fuller was traveling south and saw the wood piece come out from under my car. He pulled over and turned around to the north side and helped me look for damage and helped me deal with the fear that came up from the prior incident.

It is high time that we start doing something about the lax standards for transporting materials by landscapers, construction workers and others just going to the dump. As we have no idea who the person was who allowed this to fly off his car and damage my car as well as set off some serious emotional issues for me again, I'm stuck with a scrunched bumper that I'm going to have to pay for.

Be a man, whoever you are. If you realize you are missing a large piece of white painted plywood and you drive a white pickup with a utility trailer—fess up and call the Sheriff's Office. Show a hint of responsibility and accountability!

Kathleen Clark


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