Driving home today on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, traffic was easy and I was moving along smartly. I had been passing someone in the left lane and an SUV behind me was doing the same. I move right to allow the SUV to take the lead and they pull ahead a few carlengths. I notice off to the right a teal pickup truck passing to the left across the solid lines of the exit ramp, as if they had decided not to take that exit at the last minute, just as the SUV begins merging into the right lane. The SUV notices the danger first and swerves to avoid the sideswipe. The pickup slows as the SUV seems to have regained control. My mouth was about to form the words "we almost saw an accident" when the SUV reveals that it is in fact not in control, spins around twice, begins to teeter on its wheels and ends up backend-first in the muddy median. The pickup truck begins to drive away and the traffic in the right lane begins to move again, just as the SUV regains momentum, charges full speed past me with inches to spare, directly into the right lane traffic and smashes head-on into another truck. The teal pickup squeals away and takes the very next exit off the road. The driver of the second truck points and motions to us to follow the first truck. We take the exit, follow them down a stretch of sideroad and right into the parking lot of the Anne Arundel Mills mall, write down their license plate number and return to the scene. I guess Christmas shopping takes priority over fleeing an accident.
Everyone involved was unhurt. The driver of the second pickup was happy that we understood his motioning and was concerned that he had merely scared us off. The driver of the SUV is the wife of a police officer and was talking to her husband on the phone when we told her where the truck went. "She's at the mall now" the lady explained to her husband. "No...let the police handle it!"
I provided my name, address, home and work phone numbers to the officer in charge and made sure to ask his name. I have to keep all of these officers straight when I get my calls on Monday. I hope my work has a lenient policy for lost time due to reporting to court to serve as a witness.