As I was crossing the street (in the crosswalk), I saw the truck barreling towards me.
In the split second it took me to make up my mind, I thought "I could keep walking. I have the right of way. But, hmm, they don't look like they have enough money to make it worth the time in the hospital." So, I stopped [in the middle of the street, mind you] and let them pass.
Actually, this is the second time in recent memory that I have almost been hit by trucks driven by Latinos. The previous time, as I was crossing the street (in the crosswalk, with the little green man blinking), the man on the passenger side started yelling at me to get out of the way.
Perhaps, driving rules are different in their countries.
Or maybe they picked up their mad driving skillz from the worst of our nation's drivers, VIRGINIANS!
So here is a little reminder to all of you Car People out there:
Pedestrians (me!) have the right of way. Please do not run us over when we are in the crosswalk.
Surely you can understand the logic. Pedestrians (me!) do minimal damage to cars; however, big hulking hunks of steel barreling around the corner (your cars!) can do lots and lots of damage to brittle little pedestrians (me!).
Is the 30 seconds you save by not stopping for cute pedestrians (me!) worth it?