Attack of the Crazy Cars

May 11, 2008 by

For anyone familiar with the Marigny / Bywater, the stop light at Franklin & St Claude is a menace. It’s flashing yellow (caution) for those on St Claude, and flashing red (stop sign) for those on Franklin Ave. 

Last night, about 7pm, I was headed home on St. Claude, slowed for the yellow flashing light, saw no one, and rolled in to the interesection.

Some lady flew up Franklin, not even slowing down, and as she approached , I could see her head turned completely away from me, looking the other way up the street.

Needless to say, she hit my truck so hard she shoved me across both lanes and the bicycle lane. I only stopped because the wheel hit the curb on the opposite side of the street.

I’m banged up, stiff and bruised, but otherwise okay.

I’m very gratefull I wasn’t seriously hurt.

I’m am now, however, working my renovation business from a bicycle.

Why does the City of New Orleans have this traffic light turned off like that?
How can someone drive around and not know basic traffic laws?
Who would pull out on to a busy street looking away from the oncoming traffic?

This same kind of stupid shit killed Billy Ding just last week.

I’m lucky she hit my quarter panel instead of the driver’s door, or I’d be crippled or worse.

I’m lucky I know, but man, that shit’s fucked up.

Lord David

Battered & Bruised
New Orleans

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