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Distracted driver nearly struck pair; please stop at signs

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Last Thursday (Aug. 23) around 1 p.m. in the afternoon, my little granddaughter and I were in the crosswalk crossing Main Street in Grangeville when a silver-blue Chevy 4x4 pickup ran the stop sign on Hall Street next to Oscar’s and nearly ran over us. The pickup was so close, I could have touched it with my hand. The driver, a man with dark hair and glasses had a phone stuck to his ear and didn’t even see us or slow down when I screamed. This brave man turned and looked at me when I screamed, but he did not slow down or stop to see if we were all right.

Instead, he sped up and turned right at Umpqua Bank. My little granddaughter was so frightened, she froze and was afraid to cross the street. When, finally, we got into the car, she started shaking and crying. She kept saying “he almost ran over us!” Thanks to this man, I had nightmares that night thinking about what could have happened to myself and my granddaughter. I hope you, sir, also had nightmares thinking about how you could have injured or killed two people that day.

Please, people. Stop at the stop signs and do not have your phone stuck to your ear. When you do, you are not paying attention to what is going on around you. I wonder, sir, if that phone call was worth almost changing three peoples’ lives permanently? Think about it!

Miki Wemhoff



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