What does STOP really mean? A story of life or death...

What does STOP really mean?

 

The other day Gary and I were leaving our home and going through the neighborhood (which has a lot of twist and turns). Just as we were going up a little hill a HUGE garbage truck was coming down the hill. I said to Gary - well that guy is bigger than your truck so be careful, jokingly.

 

By then we were within a seconds of  passing the stop sign (above). Within a blink of an eye a younger gal went through the stop sign on a small motor bike and took a right turn on Pershing - within seconds of the huge truck coming down the hill. She didn't do a 'rolling' stop or even look to see if anyone was coming down the hill. She flew around the corner. I could see the panic on the garbage man's face as we were right there - OMG I'm going to hit her.  He was within 12 feet of her heading directly towards her - straight on. He slammed on his brakes and missed her by a second, maybe three. Had he hit her it would have been all over for her. Can you imagine how the truck driver would have felt if that had happened.

 

What did the gal do?  She didn't even notice anything had happened! She just kept going,  turning around another corner with no stopping or looking. I have no idea where she lives as I've never seen her around the neighborhood. If I did I would have made a point to stop by and talk with her and her parents and explain to them what we witnessed in hopes she would change her ways in the future, while she still has one. Very serious stuff, especially with teens who think they are invincible.

 

This young gal could have died. That's what a stop sign means. STOP.

 

Please remind your loved ones to -   PLEASE - JUST STOP. You may save a life.

 

What does STOP really mean? A story of life or death...

 

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Comments

Wow, that's a serious situation.  Young people on motorcyles and mopeds = disaster waiting to happen.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 29 days ago

Youth and even adults sometimes believe stop is for everyone else.  Thanks for sharing a valuable story.

Posted by Leanne Smith, Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom (Dirt Road Real Estate) 29 days ago

Hi Anna - scary stuff.  Some of the "near misses" I see are avoidable if attention is given to the task at hand.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 29 days ago

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 - What a frightening experience that could have ended in tragedy. It truly was a wake-up call to the driver of the truck, Gary and yourself.  She could have also caused anyone of you to have a heart attack. Was she stoned? Out of her mind, Listening to music? Talking on the phone? Texting? Thankfully, an accident did not occur but it's not to say someone else won't be so lucky. I think we all learned something. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 29 days ago

I am so glad that you were witness to that close call and not a collision that would have undoubtedly been fatal! The next time you see that young lady, it may be a photo the her in a story in your local paper about her unfortunate demise in a traffic tragedy.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) 29 days ago

For the part of the driver, he has good reaction time and quick thinking. I do hope you will be able to locate the parents because this is scary and serious stuff. SMH.

Posted by Leif Price, Content Marketing Specialist (Spot Color Marketing) 29 days ago

Anna- so many thoughts I have in my head! Thankfully no one was hurt but what's frightening is that young lady has no idea (or doesn't care) how close she came to being killed. That poor truck driver must have been scared and relieved when he was able to stop his truck. Motor vehicle accidents is the #1 killer of our young people. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 29 days ago

It sounds like the girl was dwelling in the "Darwin Realm."  That realm determines who is worthy of continuing on the evolutionary trail of survival of the fittest!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 29 days ago

What a scary story. Some people have no sense or respect for others. I am glad no one was hurt. 

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) 29 days ago

What a great post, Ana... I see drivers ignoring STOP and YIELD signs all the time in our subdivisions. I always say those signs are not "suggestions" as so many drivers seem to think. Fortunately, your story had a "happy ending." But no doubt, it was close to being anything but.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 29 days ago

There is no shortage of distracted driving here, phones, phones and more phones

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 29 days ago

Hi Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 yes it was a life or death situtaion. In a blink of an eye for failing to stop or even just look, that young gal could have very well ended her life.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 29 days ago

Hi Leanne Smith I see far too many people running yellow to red lights as well, not good. And of course there is all the texting....

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 29 days ago

Hi Michael Jacobs yes exactly - near misses. This one one of the worst I've seen. It would have been terrible to witness that young girl being hit - terrible. And  this was on a back, quiet street in a neighborhood. Crazy.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 29 days ago

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP the young gal was driving a small motor bike and would have had zero protection has she been hit. She was not on a phone - she simply failed to stop at the STOP sign. Rolled right through it - direcly in front of the huge truck, not even noticing. Unbelievable really.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 29 days ago

Hi John Juarez as accidents go, it happened in a blink of an eye. I had an immediate awareness as soon as I saw her roll through the stop sign....she's dead. What a horrible thought but true. Thank God the truck driver was able to make an abrupt stop. I hope I do see her around the neighborhood as I will stop and have a talk with her and her parents in hopes of helping her not make another almost fatal choice.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 29 days ago

Hi Leif Price yes the truck driver knew exactly what had to happen to  try and avoid hitting the girl. The look on his face was pure panic. My plan is drive around a bit and see if the moped is outside a home. I have never seen her before so my guess is she's not from this area.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 29 days ago

Hi Kathy Streib it happend so fast and it's interesting how many thoughts run through ones mind so quickly. I am grateful it didn't end up with the girl being hit which more than likely would have been fatal. Ugh......

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 29 days ago

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat whatever realm this gal was in as well as so many other teens and adults.....there's a lot of them these days. Teens especially don't think anything can hurt them....

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 29 days ago

Hi Sharon Lee yes lack of respect for simple laws like stopping at a stop sign to save your own life and that of others.  Not so tough to do, is it. But it goes on...

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 29 days ago

Nina Hollander it was within seconds of ending up very badly for that girl, the driver, us and the neighbors directly in front of where it would have gone down. And this is a quiet, sleepy neighborhood. I expect it on major roads and freeways as people drive like maniacs.  But not in a quiet neighborhood. But as you said, many people think the stop or yield sign don't apply to them. Especially teens.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 29 days ago

Hi Scott Godzyk yes we have plenty of distracted drivers. This gal was on a moped, not on phone. Just not stopping, at all at a stop sign. She didn't even know a big garbage truck almost hit, and would have within seconds had the driver not made a heroic effort to stop abruptly.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 29 days ago

Anna this young lady was very fortunate this time, but if she keeps on doing this she will be in a section of the news paper no one wants to see their name in.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 27 days ago

AB, It seems red lights and stop signs have just become suggestions to many.  You just can't trust anyone to follow the rules of the road.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) 27 days ago

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886

So glad nothing happened to Gary and you or the girl.  It is a shame you don't know who she is. Defensive driving skills help keep us alive. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 27 days ago

A similar situation in our neighborhood also involving garbage pick up. Young kid 8-9 years old on a mini motorcycle (gas powered) and illegal on our city streets. Ran stop sign going around the corner and near collision. Kid laughing and still going. My husband knew where he lived. The truck driver threw it in park and had to sit on the curb. Driver was having chest pains and shaking uncontrollably. Had to call paramedics. Police came and husband started to take them to the house but the kid came back to see what all the commotion was about. They confiscated the bike and cited the parents. Driver said he'd be ok but was done for the day and it was his last day on the job. He was retiring as planned.  The driver could've squished that kid like a bug.  That kid cursed those police officers like a drunken sailor following in his parents shoes.  They tried to fight the ticket but we were called as witnesses. Husband produced our security video! Nuff said!!

 

Posted by Theresa Akin (CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP) 27 days ago

We've had similar close calls when driving - a couple of times people have come out of side roads when we were on the highway and we'd have had a collision had we not seen them coming in time to slow way down and stay out of the way. Both times the other driver came out onto the highway without even slowing at the stop sign - I had the feeling that they didn't even know how close they'd come. Strange - because once was at night. They didn't see headlights coming?

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 27 days ago

Hi George Souto my thoughts exactly. I haven't seen her or her modped this week.  I just hope and pray she gets advice from somebody to set her straight.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 27 days ago

Hi Liz and Bill Spear Bliz agreed. I do not trust that anybody will actually stop at a stop sign anymore.  There are far too many accidents here in PHX and I suppose everywhere else as well.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 27 days ago

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® we would have been just fine (physically) and of course had she got hit it would have been a very hard scene. I haven't seen her around but if I do.....

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 27 days ago

Hi Theresa Akin that's a terrible story. I't hard to imagine parent's allowing that kind of behavior from a kid but it happens. That poor truck driver.....thank goodness he was able to stop and he's ok. Bless his heart.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 27 days ago

Hi Marte Cliff driving on country roads can be so much worse. One has to be super vigliant on those lonely roads.  At night, my only guess is maybe alchol was involved? How does on not see a head light?

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 27 days ago

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 Both of those times we were on State highways, but have had people come out of side roads out here in the country too. Out here where there's not much traffic I think they forget that someone else might be on the road.

I did wonder if the one at night had been drinking. They were going way too fast when they got to the highway and barely made the 90 degree turn to stay on the road.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 27 days ago

I've noticed a lot of crazy drivers out there lately - everyone seems to be in a rush to get somewhere and are throwing caution to the wind here too, Anna.

The girl doesn't realize that she would have been dead, the truck driver NEVER would have been the same, even if it wasn't his fault and other witnesses like you and Gary would have been impacted as well. 

It's not just missing a sign or speeding, it's ruining others' lives too!

Happy Friday, Anna!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 26 days ago

In my other life before real estate, I used to be the Director of Operations for a large trucking company. I had only one fatality in five years and that was caused by someone failing to stop in an intersection and our truck hit the car, killing the driver. I still remember having to console the driver as I took him for a mandatory blood alcohol test. He was sober Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) 25 days ago

I'm sure that was unsettling to witness.  It's so sad how irreverent young people can be at times when they are in such dangerous situations. Being on the road requires such careful concentration - and sadly, young drivers often have their head in the clouds thinking about other things. I'm grateful the driver of the truck was able to stop. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 25 days ago

Wow Anna - that was some close call!  Your neighborhood is a bit twisted!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 23 days ago

That's pretty darn scary, Anna. I see people running through stop signs, or barely slowing, and at red lights often and have witnessed some pretty close calls. They clearly are not paying attention or are on their phones talking or texting.

Sounds like this young woman is really tempting fate. Hopefully she won't lose!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 16 days ago

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