Monday, May 14, 2007

First & Franklin

Summer weather means more activity in our neighborhood.

The other night we were awoken at 2:30am by a woman screaming for her life. B went outside to see what he could do to help & waited until the cops showed up. In the time it took for them to arrive the woman could have died a few times over. B said she had a bloody nose & was in a t-shirt & panties only. Apparently it was a domestic dispute between sisters & at one point the abusive sister demanded the victim get back in the house. She didn't & B said the cops took the abusive sister into custody. This was the second time we've heard a woman screaming for help behind our building (the first was a robbery) . I suppose in 9 years that's no so bad.

Last night a pedestrian was hit by a small car two buildings up the street. We heard the screech of tires & a prolonged honk, then a thud. I didn't think much of it, figuring it was nothing much since I didn't hear a crunch or crash sound. B went out front to check it out & called me to tell me there was a person laying in the street & the windshield of the car was smashed in. This does not surprise me, as we all jaywalk across this street & there's a slight curve at the intersection, making oncoming traffic sometimes impossible to see if there are cars parked on the street. It also doesn't help that it's a slight decline, so people drive much faster than they should. I just can't be surprised that it happened. It certainly could have been me. Likely it was either a drunk or one of our interesting neighbors from the group home next door. B said the pedestrian was moving, so unless he died later of internal injuries he will survive. This was one of many automobile accidents on our street over the past 9 years. It's a straight shot to downtown & slightly downhill to boot, so like I said, people drive too fast & there are too many blind spots. I was just surprised it wasn't our ancient, deaf neighbor Darryl. He rarely even bothers to look when jaywalking.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007