Phantom driver of Whor­ton Hol­low

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - PA­TRI­CIA UNDERWOOD Castle­ton

I’d like to thank the reck­less driver in the white pickup who, on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 13, at 11:30 a.m,. go­ing way over the speed limit com­ing over a hill in the mid­dle of a nar­row gravel sec­tion of Whor­ton Hol­low Road, did NOT hit me head on. You did force me to swerve into a ditch that is about a foot deep, 25 feet long and filled with sharp rocks. VDOT and the county — time to fi­nally ad­dress this stretch of road where runoff rou­tinely ex­poses ditches and there is no other place to land ex­cept in them. Aban­doned hub­caps, ev­i­dence of other ve­hic­u­lar mishaps lay among the rocks as tes­ta­ment to how dan­ger­ous this spot is.

Oh, and thanks also to this per­son for NOT stop­ping to see if I was okay, which I am, but my car suf­fered $11,000 worth of dam­age (flat tire, bent wheel, dam­age to the un­der­car­riage and steer­ing). And I, like most of the rest of us who live out here and use these back roads safely and wisely, was go­ing at a rea­son­able speed.

I’ve been asked if I re­mem­bered what you looked like. Well, don’t worry, in the split-sec­ond I did see you crest the hill com­ing straight at me be­low, be­fore I jerked the steer­ing wheel to the right, I saw your white truck and the top of your head (wear­ing a base­ball cap of some sort). You must have been look­ing down at some­thing more im­por­tant, like your GPS or iPhone than at the road on which you were about to hit me be­cause I didn’t see your face. Good job.

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