I just saw another casualty involving a motor scooter
Luckily, this time it was the scooter and not the driver. It was in front of the Xin Beitou Kentucky Fried Chicken. You know the one. You can't miss it coming from the metro station. The scooter was under one of those yellow minibuses and a small crowd (including I presume the driver) was gathering around the scene of the accident. It seemed as if nobody was hurt.
It wasn't like that two weeks ago on Guangming Rd, which takes you to the divide (what used to be a river, but has since been covered up and converted into a road/parking lot) between Beitou and Xin Beitou. A girl was lying on the road--motionless; someone held his hand under her neck. Her scooter was discarded to the side.
She has been in my thoughts ever since. I wonder how she is.
Then, during the very same week, I saw another similar post-accident scene on Bei-an Road, near the Grand Hotel and RTI. Again, someone appeared to be hurt.
Soon after I moved into my place in Beitou, I was walking down Quanyuan (Source of the Spring) Rd., approaching Sun Yatsen Primary School where the road forks off up the mountain. You know, there is a perpetually blinking red light there. It never changes. It never directs anyone to stop, and cars come from three different directions. Only in the morning is there a crossing guard who guides the children across the street.
Other than that, you are on your one--like the chicken who tried to get to the other side (ha ha) or frogger in the video game. Sometimes its scary...
Well, one morning (I think it was while the children were walking to school) I was walking down Quanyuan (Source of the Spring) Rd., approaching Sun Yatsen Primary School where the road forks off up the mountain. That's Xinmin (New Citizen) Rd. A car was coming down--carelessly.
Simultaneously, a motor scooter was coming down Quanyan Rd--apparently also carelessly. I think that is the direction from where the scooter was coming because before I knew it, the driver of the car was slamming on her brakes and I heard a crashing sound--the car ramming the scooter and the woman on top catapulting to the ground.
People ran over to her and she slowly stood up, in pain. She looked like she would be ok and it was a good thing she was wearing her helmut.
And still, people keep asking me why I don't get myself a scooter. I'm sorry, I'm a metro person. It's convenient and so much fun to swipe my card.