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    Last night at 830 pm while driving home on a 20 mile long remote road deep in woods, I saw a car that'd to veer hard to miss something & put the car in a deep snow bank. I was too terrified to stop to look to see if someone was hurt, I did slow down and rolled down my window to look and listen, but I was terrified so instead of stopping and getting out, I drove on for 10 miles to get cell coverage to call 911. What would you've done? No cell coverage, alone, dark, and in the middle of dense woods.

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    I think you did the right thing, could you physically help anyone?

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    We would all love to stop and help, but really it is just too dangerous for us to stop. You did the right thing.

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    If you had no cell coverage you did the right thing in my book. It would have been very hard for you by yourself to get to the car and try to help. If someone really needed medical help you would have delayed help. It was a tough descision but I think you made the right one.

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    I might have stopped. I came on an accident that had already happened where a pickup had flipped (before everyone carried cell phones). I stopped and could see a man inside, but he wasn't responding to my voice. While I was trying to figure out how to pull him through the window, another couple stopped and between the 3 of us we got him out. We sort of drug him back up the embankment and his truck caught on fire. They stayed with him and I went on home and called 911. When I went back to let them know, the police and an ambulance had already gotten there. He got a broken leg and probably a DUI out of it. I wasn't in the middle of the woods, though, and I don't think I'd ever have gotten him out alone. I agree with the others, you did the right thing by getting help to them sooner.

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    I could have if it was daylight. A friend just wrote me and said I probably feel quilty for not stopping because that could have been me in that vehicle and another car drove on and I was hurt or shaken up.
    Yet, I chose to slow down, and drive off for 10 miles to call for help. Leaving someone maybe hurt or dying. I abandoned them in the deep woods at night.
    That's why i wrote this, because I feel quilty for abandoning that vehicle.

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    It is hard to know what to do -

    I would have been afraid to stop - and you did call for help.

    Have you heard what happened next?

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    I would stop, but I understand why others would not. Some areas of the country just have so much crime you have to worry about such things.

    Even if you would've stopped, you would have had to eventually drive on to get cell phone coverage if the driver was hurt.

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    When I had my accident, I was ran off the road by another person. Lots of people stopped to help, but it was 3:30 p.m., well traveled, and 2 miles from town. This makes a lot of difference. Everywhere I drive has cell coverage and that makes a big difference also. You should not feel guilty in the circumstances you were faced with.

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    Believe me, you did the right thing - you may have put yourself in danger at that time of night. Your family comes first and if you were harmed your family would suffer. You effort to call 911 necessitated you to leave the scene so yes, once again you did the right thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlerouge
    I could have if it was daylight. A friend just wrote me and said I probably feel quilty for not stopping because that could have been me in that vehicle and another car drove on and I was hurt or shaken up.
    Yet, I chose to slow down, and drive off for 10 miles to call for help. Leaving someone maybe hurt or dying. I abandoned them in the deep woods at night.
    That's why i wrote this, because I feel quilty for abandoning that vehicle.
    It is better to feel guilt, than to feel foolish if something bad happened to you. We can't take risks like this anymore, it is a crazy world. You did call for help, you did not abandon the car. If I had been in the car, I would be glad that you called for help that I needed, medical, emergency, etc. You could not have done much. You did good.

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    You did the right thing!! By driving you were able to get cell service and get help quicker

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    You did the right thing.

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    Everyone is different and every situation requires different reactions. I was a volunteer FF so I would have stopped to assess the situation as best I could and gone on from there.
    You did what was right for YOU and you should not feel guilty about that.
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    Thank you for answering! When I went back and waited, a state trooper stopped and he told the woman was safe and she was picked up by a passerby to take her to call for a tow truck.

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    You did the right thing.

    I had a similar situation. I didn't stop because I saw a man in that situation (car crashed into bushes/side of road). He didn't look too injured so I went on into town & notified the local sheriff. They went to check on the situation.

    **I didn't stop because it was dark & I was traveling alone.

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    You absolutely did the right thing. The best you could do was call for assistance. You needed to drive to do that. Just think, if it were your daughter in that situation, what would you have told her to do?? Stop or Drive to get help?

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    You have no reason to feel guilty! If you had stopped and couldn't do anything then help would have been delayed. I think that what you did was reasonable. You didn't abandon the person, you were going for help!

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    Aw, dont feel guilty. You DID call for help, so it wasnt like you didnt help out.

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    Calling for help was the safest thing you could have done. If you had stopped, what could you have done to help. If the person was seriously injured they needed an ambulance. There are too many bad people in the world to put yourself in danger after dark.

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    I would have done the same thing as you - driven on to get cell coverage, called for help and gone back to wait for the help to arrive in the safety of my car.

    Think about what advice you would have given your daughter or a friend in the same situation - and then don't feel guilty for doing the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingIzabella
    Everyone is different and every situation requires different reactions. I was a volunteer FF so I would have stopped to assess the situation as best I could and gone on from there.
    You did what was right for YOU and you should not feel guilty about that.
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    I was not a FF but First Responder and you did the correct moves (do not feel quilty. Hugs to you for what you did to help out

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    You did the right thing, you had to make the call on the phone 4 help, the only way to do that was to get service. I would have done the same thing.

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    oh DEFINITELY - you did the right thing- have you heard any more about the person?

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    You did the safe thing. I would have done the same.

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