Editor’s picks: Split-second decisions that can change your life
May 20, 2016
We were driving south on the 285 back from a great weekend with friends in Denver when it happened. A large black SUV coming in hot from the on-ramp merges into the right lane of traffic just ahead of us, but behind another car obviously going slower than this driver wanted to. With four cars in the left lane, the SUV driver let three of them pass before gunning it to the that lane, not realizing there was a fourth car in line. At that point the SUV was committed to passing, realizing too late there was one more car, and swerves back, bumping into the car in the right lane. At this point, the SUV is no longer in control, and we watch it swerve a couple times on the highway before going off the side of the road and disappearing. It only takes only a second before we come upon the car, flipped completely upside down in the ditch. We immediately pull over and call 9-1-1, and while I was on the phone with the dispatcher, a crowd starts forming around the SUV.
After the ambulance arrives we leave, shaken up and sitting in contemplative silence on the way home. I spend a lot of time in the car, commuting from Fairplay to Summit, and have had a few scary moments with over-eager drivers. I've even complained about the route and other drivers in this column.
This morning in Blue River, I got behind a truck carrying a bunch of wood, going about 15 miles an hour slower than the speed limit. As a line of 12 cars piled up behind the truck, one car passed, and if you know Blue River, there is really no safe spot to do this. It got me thinking about those split-second decisions we make, that can sometimes change our whole lives. A quick text on the cell phone, to just pass this one car — things that only take a couple seconds to do but can have long-lasting consequences. As I drove slowly behind the truck, I didn't feel my usual irateness with the fact that the driver wouldn't use any of the pull-outs. As Colorado continues to grow in population and we start to feel the effects of this in a variety of ways, I think we should all try to remind ourselves often to respect and care for each other, because it could mean all the difference.
BROKEN COMPASS PARTY
Broken Compass is celebrating two years by throwing a party on Saturday, May 21 with kegs and eggs, live music and a pig roast. A locals' favorite, owners Jason Ford and David Axelrod said they want to give back to the community that has supported them over the last couple years.
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Students from the Lake Dillon Theatre Company's 11-week Youth Theatre Workshop will perform in "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" on Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m.
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