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What are you doing, Canberra drivers?

By ArthurianFish - 9 April 2013 52

Yesterday afternoon (08.04.2013) at around 2:30pm, I was t-boned driving home from work along Barry drive by what I now know was a stolen car on the intersection of Boldrewood street.

After pulling over to the median strip, assuming said car would also pull over, the driver swerved out and sped up along Barry drive and took a left down Clunies Ross street. Not a single person stopped to check on the car that was just hit directly on the driver’s side door by someone who fled the scene.

Not one of the multiple cars behind, in front of, next to me or on the other side of the road checked to see if I was alright or whether or not I was even still alive. Obviously I am, but not a single person pulled over to check, or, more importantly at this point, to offer themselves as a witness to the very obvious crime just committed in front of them.

I was struck by a stolen car driven by somene who fled the scene, and am now in the process of getting nothing from my insurance company, I will have an incredibly hard time getting anything out of anyone unless this man is caught, and if just one person had stopped to provide a witness account of what had just happened, I would be in an infitely better position than I currently am.

So please, anybody that was on Barry drive and saw a small blue Hyundai i30 hit by a stolen black Lexus, come forward and help me at the very least get my car fixed. I’m a student working in a supermarket, and I can’t afford to pay for it out of pocket, so please come forward. Leave me a comment, send me a private message with your email or phone number, any way to get in touch with you and help get this sorted would be incredibly useful.

To anybody that reads this, next time you see an accident – minor or major – pull over. Check on the driver, offer a witness statement, call the police and report it to them. Don’t just drive on, or slow down and gawk.

Pull over and offer help in any way you can. I sat and waited in my car, by myself, on the side of the road for almost 30 minutes before another person came and asked if I was okay, and that was only because I had called the police and someone was sent to check on me.

I don’t expect miracles, I don’t expect people to do stupid things on busy roads, but there was no reason that someone couldn’t have pulled over into the blocked off lane like I had to. So please, please, have a little care for everybody else on the road. You may be a little late to wherever you’re going, but it would have made a huge difference for me.

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52 Responses to
What are you doing, Canberra drivers?
Pork Hunt 5:35 pm 09 Apr 13

Someone please explain why you will get nothing from insurance? Sure, you might have to pay the excess because the other party disappeared.

Postalgeek 4:52 pm 09 Apr 13

Henry82 said :

If you can’t afford to lose it, get insurance.

If you can’t afford insurance, don’t get a car.

If you can’t be bothered to read the OP, don’t make a comment.

If you can’t help yourself, don’t get a computer.

The OP has insurance. What they don’t have is a witness to corroborate their explanation given to the insurance company.

Tetranitrate 4:31 pm 09 Apr 13

Henry82 said :

If you can’t afford to lose it, get insurance.

If you can’t afford insurance, don’t get a car.

What a vile, victim-blaming bastard of a post.

bundah 4:15 pm 09 Apr 13

Ah the humanity or lack of it.Unfortunately you are a victim of a low life that we all encounter at some time in our lives.Dare i say it’s someone that has been given bail for the umpteenth time by our limp wristed judiciary!

Henry82 4:13 pm 09 Apr 13

If you can’t afford to lose it, get insurance.

If you can’t afford insurance, don’t get a car.

BimboGeek 4:11 pm 09 Apr 13

ATypicalUsername said :

Last time I saw what happened during a crash (Some 20something year old hoon went around a roundabout too fast, skidded and slammed the side of his car into another man giving way on his left) I was held up for over an hour waiting for and then speaking with police. I know being late for work isn’t much compared to the ammount of help a witness can provide in a case such as yours, but it is a major inconvenience.

Boo frikin hoo.

I’m the star witness for a case where all I have to say is that he was around and I saw him.

They have taken several hours already.

Doesn’t matter.

If unsure of the moral way to behave always ask yourself “how would this go in an ideal universe?”

Deref 4:01 pm 09 Apr 13

Holden Caulfield said :

This sucks.

Good luck.

That.

Bloody disgusting, Canberra.

curlylocks 3:57 pm 09 Apr 13

That is shocking!!!!! Hope someone comes forward for you.

zorro29 3:37 pm 09 Apr 13

you should put a “seeking witnesses to black lexus hitting hyundai i30 yesterday” blah blah in the title cos you will probably get help

agree about helping people. we saw a car reverse into another car at belconnen mall once and then didn’t leave a note or anything. they hung around trying to make sure no one notified the driver but we waited and left a note (hidden for them so the offender couldnt remove it). we heard from their insurance company seeking a witness statement but i found it rude the driver never thanked us for doing that for them and saving them the money/inconvenience (when we waited around to do them a favour)….but anyway.

Grail 3:04 pm 09 Apr 13

Yup, they will quite happily slow down and choke up traffic for an extra fifteen minutes, but perish the thought of actually stopping and offering assistance.

There is a name for this too: the bystander effect. So it is not Canberran drivers specifically. Not that this is much comfort.

ArthurianFish 3:01 pm 09 Apr 13

Although I am pretty angry at the literally hundreds, if not thousands, of cars that were still driving by a few hours later nice and slow so they could stare at the car on the side of the road…

ArthurianFish 2:59 pm 09 Apr 13

Oh, don’t worry! I am most definitely mad at the joyful individual who took it upon himself to ruin my day and the day of the guy he robbed. I’m not really even that mad at the people that didn’t stop, just very disappointed. I’ve stopped for accidents and logged myself as a witness with the police, and most of what I had to do was say “Hey, I saw what happened, give me a call if you need me”, so I really just want/need someone’s phone number so I have some sort of proof that I didn’t just flip my car sideways into a pole!

FarrerGirl 2:53 pm 09 Apr 13

What a terrible situation to be in – I remember being stranded at an intersection when someone drove into the back of me – I really appreciated the help that was offered to me. It makes me really disappointed that no one stopped to help you – it seems like herd mentality took over – people just continued on past you, thinking someone else would help out.

ATypicalUsername 2:36 pm 09 Apr 13

While I appreciate the unfortunate circumstances of this incident, and indeed, would myself have stopped to assist (Even had I not witnessed).
Having been a witness in the past, I can say I understand when people want to avoid it.

Last time I saw what happened during a crash (Some 20something year old hoon went around a roundabout too fast, skidded and slammed the side of his car into another man giving way on his left) I was held up for over an hour waiting for and then speaking with police. I know being late for work isn’t much compared to the ammount of help a witness can provide in a case such as yours, but it is a major inconvenience.

The person you should be mad at is the genetalially deficient arse who stole a car and slammed into you, not the public for trying desperately to continue their life.

Holden Caulfield 2:31 pm 09 Apr 13

This sucks.

Good luck.

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