On my way to 8:15 Mass this morning, while I was walking across a street in which the white WALK sign was on (with no traffic at the small intersection as I was crossing a side street - not a major traffic thoroughfare), when I was halfway across the street a large white car (perhaps a taxi or delivery vehicle as there was some writing on the side of it) ran a red light travelling at what I think would be about 30-40 miles an hour, turned the 90 degree corner directly into my path (actually careened would be a better word to describe the turn) and accelerated. I sensed something (but did not hear anything as the driver did not honk his horn and came up very fast speeding through the red light) and I stopped dead in my tracks.
The car passed within 3 feet directly in front of me. If I had continued walking, I would at best have been knocked down and injured by the driver's side of the car, and at worst been killed by that injury or by having been totally run over by the car. The car continued on while I stood there gaping after it. I couldn't find police (and after talking to them afterward it doesn't matter because even though the person ran a red light and it is on tape, they will not look for it because I wasn't injured). If they police had seen the person run the red light and I had been injured ror killed then they would have ticketed the driver for running a red light and reckless driving. (And, I know this to be true as an elderly neighbor of mine in the building I used to live in was hit and killed by a taxi driver turning onto a side street without stopping and running her down, and he was only given a ticket with fine, no jail time.) So, I went to Mass and then looked for a police officer afterwards.
I'm not sure what happened just before I stopped walking as I didn't hear anything until after the car was past me (when I heard him accelerating - likely trying to get away from the scene), but I sensed something just before he got near to me and I stopped still in the middle of the road. If I had taken 2 more steps I believe I would have been knocked down, and if I had taken 3 or more steps, I would have been run over by the car (as I was walking at my normal city walking speed which is quite fast). I was easy enough for the driver to see as I had on a black down coat and we had bright sunshine this morning and there were no other cars in sight on either street. I would assume that the driver was either drunk, on drugs, fleeing from police, or just in a really BIG hurry - enough to run a red light! It is unfortunate that the Chicago police are unwilling to look at the tapes to ticket him, as I assume the driver will likely injure or kill someone eventually (unless this incident woke him/her up)This type of incident does seem to happen fairly often - and usually by taxicabs, but has never happened to me. I have never had a close call that was this close! And, now, even 9 hours later I am still a bit shaken up and haven't been able to eat a meal yet today (as I apparently created a lot of adrenalin, and so no appetite (same thing happens to cops/firemem in emergency situations - the adrenalin zooms out into your body and if you eat, you will likely not be able to keep it down (to put it nicely).). So, I've had conversations with the cops, my aunt, and some friends, put music on to decompress, and typing this in will help I think.
I think my stopping walking was caused by some heavenly intervention, as I have never done that before. Usually my instinct is to speed up to get across faster, if I think traffic is coming. I can't explain why I stopped other than that I sensed something (almost as if someone put their hand on my shoulder to stop me although I didn't feel an actualy hand.) That is the best way I can describe this. I think perhaps my Guardian Angel intervened, or perhaps another angel or perhaps a saint or Jesus or the Holy Spirit or God or Mary or . . .
I am profoundly greatful that I am still alive and uninjured (I'll get over the being shaken up - although it might take a day or two.)
Please, fellow Mass-goers, say a prayer of Thanksgiving with me to thank God!
I will certainly thank Him tomorrow when I go to either 8AM or 12:10 Mass (and I will look twice or three times before crossing because apparently looking once isn't enough even when there is no traffic and the white WALK light is on.) The only ONE who could have possibly prevented me from injury here was and is GOD. Thank you, beloved Jesus! AMEN.