today i was on my way to work and driving down one of san francisco’s busy one-way city streets. it’s the street you take if you’re in a hurry and the lights are all synchronized so you can get where you’re going - quickly!
as i was heading down the street, with the wireless handset on, speaking with a colleague in new jersey, suddently out of the corner of my eye i saw a woman fall in the middle of the crosswalk. another girl was right next to her when it happened, and i pulled right over to the side of the street. i was in such a hurry that i left my car window down and the KEYS IN THE CAR, along with my purse and laptop!!
i ran across the street and called 911 and the other girl sat next to the woman, who had not moved at all - her face was literally facing the pavement. i stayed on with 911 and the girl and i answered the 911 attendant’s questions, and we waited for the firetruck and ambulance to arrive. it literally only took about 5 minutes. in the meantime the woman started to cry, i think she was in shock but thank God she was conscious again! i grabbed her lunchbox, scarf, hat and purse (it was cold this morning!) and gave it to the ambulance guys while the other girl called the woman’s husband. then they loaded her in and we were on our way.
when i ran back across the street i remembered my keys were still in the car - and i was next to a fire hydrant. luckily the parking attendants saw the whole situation and let me off for free :)
it was quite a start to my monday morning - and hers! hopefully she’s doing OK now.