Student drivers can sometimes be a pain in the rear for fellow motorists. Sometimes it makes one wonder how such noobs are even allowed on public roads. But well, they are. We all have to just deal with.
In this mind-breaking video, we see a student driver driving a Toyota RAV4. Bright Red, none other. The driver drives out into the intersection on a yellow light. Okay, this much is sort of fine, given that she’s still learning.
But what she did next, totally wasn’t. Presumably, without checking her mirrors and/or blind spots, this student driver just backs up mindlessly. As the biker sees the car almost about to run him down, he jumps out of the bike. The female driver still somehow managed to miss an entire man jumping on the road. He continues to back his car and ends up hitting the bike.
We could have had just let this much slip away claiming her to be just an inattentive buffoon. But no, that still isn’t where she stopped. As she hit the bike, she continues to reverse. Her car stops for a second as he the RAV4 lays on the front wheel of the bike. And she continues to reverse, running over the entire bike. It was almost as if, she thought, “Never leave a job half done!”
The rider’s hands in the video expressed the entire emotional roller coaster he went through, with much eloquence. All the way from shocked and alarmed, to helpless waving, to the final feeling of disappointed resignation! If you’d rather read his agony in his own words, here it is…
Ok boys and gals. I am the actual rider in the video and will once and for all dissolve all speculations and such that to my amazement have come up so far.
We both started slowing down when the light turned orange. The red SUV ended up in the middle of the intersection. Cars seen on the right started turning left, one car actually made it in front of the stalled/frozen driver. The car then proceeded to back up – IN THE LEFT LANE – i was aware about its presence all the time. And yes I was in the 1st with the clutch in as can be seen on video (anyone see the Neutral light?). As some have pointed out, only have I noticed it changing directions a couple of seconds before impact. Yes, a rider with tens of years of experience MAY HAVE been able to sprint to the right (risking clipping the car and being at fault for running a red light into potentially left turning traffic, as the light for the oncoming lane was changing to a left turn go), but given the circumstances… the horn wouldn’t have done squat. Again, we’re talking seconds. Disbelief that the car was going to back into me was up there. I was in the dominant position for my lane (left half of the lane, where cars in the left lane have the best chance of seeing you in their mirror), watching the driver… but again… how often do you guys assume that a car will decide to reverse into your lane from a different one and floor it?
The video ends where it does because there is absolutely nothing exciting happening afterwards. The two occupants get out, we exchange remarks, and then i take the helmet off and turn off the camera. No swearing or yelling. The adrenaline pumping through my system was so high, I was kinda happy to not be under the car. The car was resting on the bike, they had to lift it to get the bike from underneath.
Yes please, all those that could’ve avoided this – I salute you and your superhuman reactions. I’m just human and did the best I could when I realized what was going to happen to get my sorry ass out of the way.
The aftermath… if I can figure out how to post pictures here I will. The driver got a ticket as it is illegal to back out of an intersection (or something thereof) and yes, because they are on a learner’s permit (can only drive supervised), they may have very high insurance premiums. And as far as the bike – it will be looked at by an insurance adjuster on Monday where I will find out what happens next.