Sunday, September 30, 2018

Senior citizen in moped accident Sept 2018

There are (too) many senior citizens who ride mopeds in Korea. 
Most don't have any kind of formal training. For them is it a cheaper and easier way to get around without a car. Some use bikes or tractors. Because just about anyone rides these mopeds there are lots of accidents in bigger cities where there is a high level of traffic of both cars and mopeds. 
My little town is different. We have less than two hundred thousand people for both sides of my area, the new and old part of the town. 

I was sitting behind the bus stop downtown two days ago, Friday evening.

All of a sudden there was a loud screech and bang.
We all ran to the street and there was a moped lying on its side in front of a grey SUV.
Underneath the bumper of the SUV was an older woman. Her body was rolled forward and her head was right under the front bumper and left tire. 
We all held our breaths as the driver jumped out to see if she was okay.
For about ten seconds we all stood still...until slowly she unrolled her body from underneath the bumper. 

I didn't realize how scary the moment was until everyone on the street exhaled. Thankful for her saved life. Grateful that we had missed a tragedy. The old woman refused to sit down and walked, holding her arm in an awkward position, two blocks down the street to get her husband. Meanwhile the driver moved the moped from the street and waited for the police and emergency vehicle. The emergency workers wrapped up her left arm and took her to a local hospital, I assumed. 

Life is so precious. You never know when your last moments will be on this earth. 

Love and live with your entire soul, man. 

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