I had a very interesting day yesterday and I’m left wondering what to do with the information I have about an accident I witnessed yesterday afternoon.
I was on my way back from a visit with my friends at Creative Hockey Development who had their March Break camp at Chesswood Arena, and on my way to pick up my two oldest children from their day at The Monkey Vault.
I was driving South on Keele Street in the left-lane, and just approaching the traffic light just north of the 401 (south of Wilson Avenue) when the light turned amber. There was a car in front of me, so I took my foot off the gas, and began to brake.
At the moment that I began to brake, the car beside me and a bit behind me, in the middle lane slammed his foot on the gas and accelerated towards the intersection.
As I was the second car in line, when I heard the acceleration, I looked up towards the intersection to see that the light was red, and there was a car turning left (heading West) crossing in front, and then I saw the car beside me enter the intersection and hit the car making the turn.
Fortunately, the car making the turn was aware enough to turn away from the car, limiting the impact to the drivers side door such that both cars ended up facing almost southbound, side-by-side.
They both popped out of their cars and looked at the damage – thankfully.
I couldn’t stop in the middle of the intersection, but I felt that the poor driver making the turn would be charged, when it was totally the car beside me who was at fault.
I circled trying to get close enough to hand my car to the driver who was hit, but by the time I made it near, tow trucks were already moving the cars.
I looked online and much of the information relates to hit-and-run accidents, which this was not.
In those cases, it is recommended to provide police with as much information as possible, including:
- Your name, address and contact details
- Time and place of the hit and run incident
- Licence plate number of the fleeing vehicle
- Vehicle description (colour, make & model)
- Driver’s description
- Description of what I saw.
Undaunted, I found this information from an article by the Globe and Mail;
Constable Melissa Wutke, with B.C. RCMP traffic services recommends, “If you witness an accident – and don’t just see the aftermath – you have to call police to tell them what you saw. If you pull over immediately to report this collision, it is appropriate to dial 911. If it is hours after the collision and you call once you are at your destination, please use the non-emergency line to the police department nearest to where the collision occurred.”
So I will gather my information and provide it 12 Division and see what happens…
What would you have done?
Maybe a better question, what would you want others to have done if you were the car that was hit?