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Comments by SanDiegoHighwayman

The Highwayman's Rig: Totaled

MY *actual* "witness" [ BEING there! ] statement by the SanDiegoHighwayman -- This collision, that killed my Beulah, occurred the afternoon of 08/10/11 I entered the transition from I-5 NB to SR 163 NB prepared, as always, for the likelihood of encountering slowing or stopped traffic just out of sight over the hump around the curve of the transition, having been thru this dangerous transition thousands of times over 40+ years - often several times a day -- have made numerous rescues at this location -- many of them documented -- as I entered the transition, I NOTED stopped and slowing traffic near the bottom of the hill -- adjusted my speed accordingly and knew I had PLENTY of distance-time to come to a halt at a safe distance behind it -- I *always* leave multiple car lengths of distance between the front of my vehicle and the back of any vehicle in front of me -- I call it "escape" distance and it has saved me more times then I can count when someone comes up too fast behind me -- I glanced to the left, at a disabled small vehicle sitting on the gore point of the transition from the 5 [ intending to circle back around from the Robinson OC, back SB 163 to I-5 SB Imperial UC then coming back NB I-5 prepared to safely land behind the disabled to assist them WO causin a ripple in the flow of traffic -- done this countless times thru the years - it's safer then trying to make a *sudden* maneuver in traffic ] At *THAT* exact instant, I heard a high pitched squeal and there was a tremendous WHUMP! I attempted to brake hard, to no effect, shortly after, there was another, second WHUMP, and I had then hit the last car I'd seen some distance down the hill -- My "WITNESS" statement IS -- that the first car struck passed me on my right, then unexpectedly changed lanes suddenly into my lane directly in front of me and braked hard at the exact moment I glanced to my left, THIS was the first WHUMP -- this impact sheared my brake line to my master cylinder [ discovered upon investigation after ] disabling my brakes, which is why I couldn't avoid hitting the second car -- I was NOT in a hurry, I was NOT speeding, I was moving "with the flow of traffic" I was NOT "texting on my cellphone" nor doing ANYTHING with my cellphone -- I WAS payin close attention as this is one of THE most dangerous traffic locations in all of San Diego.
— April 16, 2013 3:27 p.m.

Bugged by U-T Litterbugs it's gettin to be a real sore subject!
— February 15, 2012 7:13 p.m.

Car Trouble On SR 163, 1958

Now, here's -- car trouble on the 163 Monday, February 06, 2006 The Highway Man according to a chinese oracle who calculated my birth and numbers, whenever i run into an issue, someone will be near to lend a hand. it's translated as "royal guest through grand gates." i got a flat tire yesterday on the 163. so i called road side assistance. while on the phone with a very nice lady... i saw in my rearview mirror: the Ghostbuster mobile drove up. i swear. but on the front it said, "search & rescue." i pulled my phone away from my ear, looked at it with a raised eyebrow, looked back at the mirror, a man was already walking up to me. "Hi, i'm here to help. we'll get you on the road in no time." "what? are you asking for money?" he hands me a card with the greatest smile. "no. i do this for fun. i saw you from the other side of the highway, turned around and stopped here." "wh..what do you do this for FUN..." while the lady on the phone says, "well... it seems like you're ok..." " thanks.. i'll call you again if i need anything..." he had me hooked. "it's what i do.. i look for people like you and help them get back on the road. they call me The Highway Man." i then looked for his cape. while getting my spare on within 5 minutes, he had me standing on the hill incase some drunk didn't see us around the bend. my job was to Scream, if. i stood there... stunt. he's been doing this for 20 years. his partner in crime, Shela, had her chin out the window just waiting patiently in her black and white blotches. his business card says, "Assisting you has been my pleasure. I ask for no payment other than for you to pass on the favor by helping someone in distress that you may encounter." Today. i am a believer.
— July 20, 2008 11:25 a.m.

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