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What's The Closest You've Ever Come ...
« on: March 15, 2008, 10:51:57 PM »

... to killing someone?  I mean literally, what is the closest call you've ever had where you were almost responsible for taking a human life?  (Whether by accident, negligence, intentional act, whatever.)
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2008, 10:55:28 PM »

I was at a stop sign, turning right. I was looking left for traffic coming my way.  When it was clear, I started to go when I turned to look to my right and there was a jogger right there.  I nearly ran over her. 

She didn't seem too upset, but I was pretty shaken by it.
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2008, 11:58:14 PM »

the time i was in an auto accident (well, the one that was 'my fault'.. which i debate... but so...)






(back story...   for those that know the highway system in San Antonio)... planning to get on mcermott NW from Hildebrand, the on-ramp has that backleftshoulder view blocking hedge wall.  i slow down, play safe, look back when you can finally see, it's pretty clear but i obviously need to get up to speed as its the highway and there IS someone getting off at the exit the hedge shields,  look up ahead, the person ahead is doing the same, double check back one more time, and it's still clear behind,   pump the gas, turn head back around to front,    and the car ahead has 'broken down' in the middle of merging on.  no time to swerve/judge,  just brake as hard as I can.   slowed down to about 5-10 from 50ish before impacting them.   any less attention and i would have hit them considerably faster.  turns out their car was out of inspection,  and a total POS.  i initiated contact though,  so i was techincally deemed at fault, even though how can you count on the car ahead of you crapping out at all times while being vigilant elsewhere around you....

anyways, so since i hit them, and their car was a POS,  if it had been a higher speed collision, i might* have killed them. who knows.
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Re: What's The Closest You've Ever Come ...
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2008, 03:13:12 AM »

When my middle son poured water all over our brand new TV and it stopped working for the afternoon I was pretty close.

Actually the closest I've been to killing anyone was myself more then once. I received a shock from 220v, and I caused a minor electrical explosion. Both occurred while I was in the Navy. Other then that no.
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Re: What's The Closest You've Ever Come ...
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2008, 06:37:33 AM »

Actually having a human figure in the rifle sights, finger on the trigger, taking up slack.
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Re: What's The Closest You've Ever Come ...
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2008, 07:20:54 AM »

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Re: What's The Closest You've Ever Come ...
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2008, 07:47:28 AM »

Senior in high school driving home with a buddy one night. Wintry mix of snow and sleet had iced up a bridge and 3 cars had piled into each other.

As we approached, some moron was standing in the middle of the road waving his hands above his head signaling us to stop. I had seen the accident and had hit the brakes but there was no stopping due to the ice. 60-65mph sliding right at this guy. He managed to jump out of the way in time and we managed to get stopped 20 feet from the cars.

But the family in the station wagon behind us didn't get stopped in time and plowed into me. Luckily no one was seriously hurt. But that idiot in the road was one slip from being done.
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Re: What's The Closest You've Ever Come ...
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2008, 08:57:38 AM »

In high school, relatively new driver, in mom's mini-van. I was waiting to make a right-hand turn from a side street to a main road. I looked to my right as I pulled up to the stop, then looked left and waited for traffic to clear. When I had a hole in traffic, I failed to look right again before I turned and just pulled out. At the same time, a kid on a bike, going against traffic on the left-hand side of the road, darted in front of me. The kid and the bike ended up pinned under my front bumper. The kid, aside from some scrapes and bruises, was fine. The bike was pretty jacked up, though.

I was completely freaked out, but I asked the kid to let me drive him home and talk to his mom. He refused but I insisted, so we loaded the bike, and the kid, into the minivan. The weird thing is that the whole time he kept saying "don't call the cops, please don't call the cops." When we got to where he said he lived, and we unloaded the bike, he ran into the backyard, and jumped the fence. No one was at home when I knocked on the door at the house. I considered leaving a note, but the whole thing was just too weird, so I left the bike in the driveway and went home.

That's the closest I've ever come to actually killing anyone. It's not necessarily, however, the closest I've been to wanting to kill somone.
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Re: What's The Closest You've Ever Come ...
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2008, 10:10:19 AM »

in my alcohol and drug laden youth lets just say very close too many times and leave it at that.
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Re: What's The Closest You've Ever Come ...
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2008, 11:12:26 AM »

Easy.  The time I took out birdymaker's brother in arms.  I figured I'd killed him for sure.  When he stood up I wasn't sure if I should be delighted he was alright or scared *feces*less he was some sort of blood drinking, flesh eating, undead mother *fudge*er.
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Re: What's The Closest You've Ever Come ...
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2008, 01:16:18 PM »

I've never come close to killing anyone.  However, I've been close to being on the opposite side a few times while biking.  Considering I take great care to obey traffic laws and then some, never assuming right of way or any such thing, and remember that vehicles can easily take down someone on a bike... Sad  Never actually been hit while on my bike, though.
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Re: What's The Closest You've Ever Come ...
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2008, 04:59:21 PM »

have never stood on the edge of that particular cliff..
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Re: What's The Closest You've Ever Come ...
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2008, 05:39:38 PM »

Infantry, Vietnam, 1971. 'Nuff said. Sad
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Re: What's The Closest You've Ever Come ...
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2008, 07:35:34 PM »

Do co-workers count?

Does there have to be an actual act of physical violence, or is the thinking about the alledged act sufficient?

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Re: What's The Closest You've Ever Come ...
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2008, 05:31:16 AM »

have never stood on the edge of that particular cliff..

Same here.  I've thought about it for a couple of days, and can't come up with anything that meets the thread criteria.
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