Would I be a "stand-up" guy?
I'd like to think I'd be a "stand-up" guy, but I don't know what I would do in real life. I offer this real life experience to illustrate my doubts.
Originally Posted by CopperKnight
While young and full of certainty I railed against the people in news reports who ran from a hit and run accident leaving someone hurt or dying. Then, while in college I was driving home from a night class on a reasonable well lit four lane suburban street, probably at or slightly above the speed limit. A rider on a bicycle shot out from a side street as I was almost upon him. Other traffic prevented me from swerving. The sound I heard when I hit the bike is hard to describe, but with the multiple bangs I thought I had hit the bike and run over the rider.
I stopped the car and for several seconds fought the panic telling me to drive away and escape this horrible situation. Somehow I got out of the car and walked back to see if I could help the rider. To my surprise, he was standing up but his hand was bleeding profusely from a deep gash. I told him to get in my car and I would take him to the hospital, but he begged me to take him home first, as he lived quite close. As he entered his home he said, "Mom, Dad, I messed up." I went to the hospital with them to make sure he would be all right. It turns out that his hand had been spiked in football practice earlier in the day and the bleeding was mostly from the stitches coming out.
The police interviewed me away from the boy and his family. After the interview he told me that my story was what the boy had said. The next day there was a small item in the paper noting the accident. The last line said, "The driver was not held." I carried that article with me in my wallet for years.
Bottom line... I don't know what I would do today in the same circumstance. I'd like to think it would be the same. But the panic I felt was overwhelming.