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Saw a bizarre hit-and-run this AM

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Coming in to work this morning (in my freshly repaired car) I witnessed a really f**ked up scene.

On K Street at 19th St in downtown DC a car had failed to fully cross the intersection due to traffic in front of them. A tour bus going in the other direction on K was trying to turn left onto 19th. When the light for K Street traffic finally changed back to red, this bus (which had pulled into the intersection) decided to complete it's left turn.

But it cut it's turn too sharp and tore off some of the back end of the car (an Olds Achieva I think) that was still in the intersection as it turned. I could see the rear fender get pushed in and that corner's turn signal housing burst plastic shards all over the road.

Pedestrians (and there are MANY of them at this intersection) all were visably shocked at what they had just seen.

But the bus driver apparently did not notice what she had done and kept going. Other traffic was honking after the bus and pedestrians were yelling. (I was a few cars back from the intersection facing the same direction as the car that got hit.) But last I saw the bus, it was going on it's merry way down 19th Street out of sight.

The car limped off into the marginal and I made my way around the block to my office. There were plenty of witnesses without me.

Still, a pretty f**ked up thing to witness (especially being around the corner from where my car got rear-ended 6 weeks ago).
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At least the buses in DC only rip off car's bumpers. The buses in Pittsburgh rip off people's legs.

Right in front of where I used to work, a guy's legs got caught in the wheel well of the bus and he had to get them amputated at the scene. Not pretty. (granted, the guy shouldn't have been running next to the bus, knocking on the window trying to get on but still...)

Something similar happened to a child a few weeks later.

The buses around here are Death Mobiles :eek:

Last time I was in DC I saw someone get pulled over for having their back bumper hanging a little over the white line of a crosswalk... Then we got in a cab and we were gonna make a left but our light turned red so the cabby made a right and then a u-turn over the double line to go straight!!! When we told him about the car we saw get pulled over for the bumper thing he's like "well, he ran the red light" and i'm like "Wtf?!?" heheh
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