To the woman who nearly ran me down in the crosswalk at the intersection of Iowa and Cuyler a couple of Friday nights ago: Rather than apologizing, you shouted at me several times that I am invisible. While I agree that it is harder to see people wearing dark clothing after dark, I am not actually invisible. When I am driving, it is my responsibility — and yours — to be vigilant for pedestrians, who always have the right of way.
I'll also note that I was in the crosswalk under a street light. The other driver at the intersection clearly could see me — I could tell by the horrified look on their face as I leapt out of your way.
You also shouted at me, "This has happened to me before!" I assume you mean that you have nearly hit other people wearing dark clothing. I suggest that you slow down instead of making left-hand turns at full speed. If that's insufficient, perhaps it's time for an eye exam.
Meanwhile, fellow dark-coat wearers of Oak Park, please be careful at night. You never know who is driving out there.
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