I know this isn't my usual kind of 'story', but it has hit close to home. I know this man.
Blind man struck by school bus
Though some of the 'facts' in the article are not correct, I sure hope that Rick will be okay. Though, I have my doubts after seeing the amount of blood splattered all over the road. The street was closed off for almost 5 hours.
In the above piece, it mentions his guide dog saying it died a year ago - uh no, Ben a beautiful golden retriever passed away many years back now - over five at least perhaps longer. I felt so sad for Rick, as Ben was such a part of his life, and already so old that often I think it was Rick leading Ben towards the end rather than Ben leading Rick.
And yeah, Rick did build a wrap around porch - by himself! That and watching him years back on a ladder stringing up Christmas lights was enough to make my heart almost fail. My neighbour and I offered our help, but being the independent soul he was, he politely refused it. We stuck around that day anyway.
I guess what I'm saying is that Rick never played the 'victim'. He mowed his own lawn, albiet he missed some blades - but really so what? He took care of himself and didn't cry for sympathy, I was always in awe of that.
My prayers are with him, I truly hope he can recover.
Now, about this bus driver, who says the light was red. Well, if it was and this is not another mistake in the article, then she was clearly at fault - as she was turning left onto Haig where she slammed into him at the crossing - right in the crossing actually. I feel for her too, in the sense that she now must live with this the rest of her life. That said, it's pretty clear she was at fault.
I'll try to keep some tabs on this, he was my neighbour afterall, and truly not a bad sort of fella. It's been a tough winter for him, as I've seen the paramedics at his house on a few occassions in the last month.
Well Rick - use that iron fortitude of yours and get better, the neighbourhood won't be quite the same without you.
God's speed for a lasting recovery.
Rick died today.
I hope his soul finds some freedom.
I hope this woman is never allowed near a motor vehicle again, never mind a school bus holding our precious children.
It's a sad day.