Letters to the Editor

After accident, kindness prevailed

My husband Don and I are Canadian snowbirds who for the past 15 years have spent the five winter months in California. We were on the first leg of our journey on Monday, Nov. 3, with –– as you can imagine –– a fully loaded van. We detoured into Federal Way for a lunch break.

Minutes later, on a busy thoroughfare, our van was broadsided and sent spinning into a 180-degree turn. Thank God, despite the impact we were all able to exit our damaged vehicles.

This letter is to say how indebted and grateful we feel toward some wonderful people who helped us after the collision. It’s an awesome feeling to be sitting inside a suddenly smashed car and see two concerned faces looking through a window, offering to help.

What to us was just as important was their offer to stand there in the cold wind and wait to give a statement to the police. One of these men was on a tight working schedule, yet chose to offer his help and stay to speak with the police. The other, a bystander, advised he didn’t have to get to work until later and would be happy to help us unload our van.

Minutes later, the president of a local business turned up, also offering to stand there in the chill of that Monday afternoon to tell the police what he knew about the accident. The police officer who investigated, it should be said, was very professional.

Although we have the names of these people, we don’t have their permission to use them. But we shall always be grateful to all of them for taking time to be there and for their general consideration of our plight.

Our van was hauled to Federal Way Collision, where we were to learn that our Canadian insurer wanted to have it hauled back to Canada for repair. This loss of new business in no way deterred Linda and Bob Bjorneby, who operate Federal Way Collision, from helping us in every way possible. They offered two shaken-up strangers various suggestions on car rental agencies, hotels and restaurants. They even drew us maps showing how to access them. We used their phones and their cardboard boxes to repack. What a great pair.

Thank you, neighbors, thank you so much. I will never again walk the other way when I see somebody in trouble, and if they have a U.S. license, I will run, not walk, back to help.

Betty Taylor

Nanaimo, British Columbia

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