At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, I stopped for a red light at the intersection of South Main and Water Street in Rushville. I was heading north, returning from a visit to Greensburg and Westport. I was riding a motorcycle, although that has no bearing on this story.
Across from me was a white sedan, headed south, also stopped for the red light. The car was driven by a nice looking lady of perhaps middle age and she had a passenger who would fit the same description.
Everything was just fine up to this point, right?
When the light turned green, the lady immediately whipped a left turn directly across in front of me. In my mirror, I saw that immediately upon entering Water Street, she executed another abrupt across-lane left turn into the Admiral gas station.
Fortunately for her undoubtedly lady-like ears, she had her windows rolled up so did not hear any "colorful" language. Me being very busy at the moment, gestures were out of the question.
Interestingly, I had viewed a similar "left turn" situation about a half hour before at the dangerous intersection in Greensburg where Lincoln enters the bypass. In that instance, a younger woman driving a pickup truck and exiting the Greensburg Crossing shopping center near Burger King, waited until the light turned green then popped a left turn trying to head north. Of course there was traffic coming straight across the busy intersection, which she drove right in front of. There was considerable squealing of tires and slewing to one side or another by the oncoming vehicles whose space was being invaded. I was behind the malefactor in this traffic blunder, so was not personally endangered.
The lady driving the white sedan on South Main Street in Rushville, who could have killed me had I made a slightly quicker start at the changing of the light, is probably a cherished mother; more than likely an adored grandmother; a lady who is undoubtedly beloved by many.
She is also a mortal menace behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
Otherwise it was a fine day. I hope your day was fine, too. By the way, when operating a vehicle, also keep a keen eye on grandpas, young men and women, cell phone users, texters, eaters and so forth. In other words, everyone.
They are all potentially deadly.
Resident of Rush County; native of Decatur County
P.S. During the afternoon I had visited three southern Decatur cemeteries in the company of my friend and long-time Daily News columnist, Pat Smith. I consider cemeteries to be marvelous records of local history. I enjoy visiting them, but I'm not quite ready to become a permanent resident. ndv