Help! I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!

Nov 30 2010

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So the other day I was driving down the road in extra snowy Winnipeg after finishing a long overdue workout at the gym when I saw a bizarre and distressing scene on the side of the road. On a snowy trail running parallel to the road about 10 meters from the roads edge I saw one of those motorized scooters that elderly and disabled people use to get around. It was stopped on the trail. Beside the scooter there was an old man on his hands and knees in the snow with a young girl about 5 years old sitting in the snow beside him. Tied to the scooter was one of those little yappy scotty dogs and I could see it was barking. Here is a depiction of said scene:

My first instinct was to stop and see if everyone was ok as this scene did not seem right in my head and it was quite a cold day at -16 degrees Celsius with the wind chill. I was driving at about 60km/h in very icy conditions on a very busy road. The shoulder of the road where one might normally pull off out of traffic was virtually non existent due to a large snow bank. I decided it was too dangerous to suddenly stop on the side of the road so I drove ahead looking for a better location to pull off but there was none to be found. I continued driving and thought to myself “someone will help them if there really is a problem. Maybe the old dude was just playing in the snow with his grand daughter.”

After driving away I felt conflicted about my choice to not stop in the middle of the road to help. I still feel bad about not stopping. What do you guys think about this? Should I have risked it and stopped? Should I have turned around and gone back to see if the old fellow really was in distress? Let me know what you think.

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3 Responses to Help! I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!

  1. Anonymous says:

    That picture is pretty much how i imagined it.

    — Your Buddy

  2. Anonymous says:

    ya you should have stopped. i think likely someone else did stop. but maybe everyone else was thinking that too. like is a a pickle. eat it!

  3. Neon Jello Evangelist says:

    I probably should have, but I really felt like it would have caused another accident considering the conditions.

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