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Hard lesson from the road

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Today, we unfortunately live in a world where a handshake is no longer an ironclad promise and taking someone at their word can often come back to bite you. Nowadays, we need witnesses, contracts and lawyers to ensure our backsides are covered. This was a lesson I learned the hard way and I’m writing to share my experience so this doesn’t happen to you. On Monday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m., I was waiting behind an SUV at a red light at the intersection of Education Street and Highway 49, when the driver started backing up in an effort to move into the left turn lane. I laid on my horn to alert the large SUV that my little, blue Chevy Aveo was right behind him, but to no avail. My hood was crunched and my fender ripped. I immediately did what every citizen is instructed to do. I got his name, address, phone number, license plate number, insurance information and his admission of guilt. What I did not do was find a witness. In that moment, my first instinct was not to flag down the car next to us. Consequently, I am now faced with a $500 deductible, because the man, who gave me his word, denied responsibility and lied to his insurance carrier, claiming I rear-ended him. Here is hoping this unfortunate experience does not happen to you and if it does, by any means necessary, grab a witness. Sandra Meyer, Auburn