Monday afternoon we were downtown running errands and crap. We decided to stop at the loncherias in front of the municipal market. As we rounded the corner, I noticed that Rosemary was just ahead of me. I also noticed that a tourist on a rented motor scooter made the corner right behind me.
As we got close to the entrance to the parking lot for the market, the tourist suddenly gunned the motor on his scooter and sped by me. His intention was to pass both me and Rosemary ahead of me. Unfortunately, he didn't make it.
I'm sure that Rosemary did not even see him. Or if she did, it was too late to do anything. She clearly had her left turn signal on. Something the idiot on the scooter probably never even saw.
Rosemary started her left turn into the parking lot, cutting this idiot on the scooter off. He had no choice but to hit his brakes....hard. By the look of his crash as it was happening, I think he only applied the front brake. Or maybe the back brakes weren't working. It was a rental scooter after all.
In the following diagram, which is hard to see I know, you can see how it went down.
The tourist was not badly hurt. Despite the fact that he did some cobblestone kissing. His right knee and leg were scraped up and he was bleeding. I hope it hurts like hell. He put every body's well being in danger by his antics. Yes, it is legal to pass on the left. But not at a highly accelerated speed and not without paying attention to what is in front of you.
His rental scooter was badly damaged. Still drivable though. The last I saw of him, he was back on it and driving away. No doubt to go to the hospital to rack up a bill and then back to the rental company for an assessment of damages. Both at the instruction of the local police.
I was able to briefly talk to Rosemary before she was taken away. I was appalled and sickened to hear that the police were assessing 100% of the blame for causing this accident on her!
Why? The reason they gave was news to me and I have been going to those loncherias and that market for the past 19 years or so.
If you look at the diagram I drew, you will see that there are two entrances to the parking lot. Except there really isn't. It seem that the entrance Rosemary turned into is really an exit! Who knew? I have seen tons of people enter through the "exit" and have done it myself. I have even seen police cars do it. What is very important to note here is that there is absolutely no signage whatsoever to indicate that one is an entrance, the other an exit! None. Zero. So how are people supposed to know this? Divine wisdom or something?
There is no doubt in my mind that Rosemary was not at fault. She made a correctly indicated left turn. If this tourist had not been hotrodding on his rented scooter, which he evidently did not know how to drive in the first place, this never would have happened. I simply can't fault Rosemary for entering through the exit when nobody on this island, other than the police officers in attendance today, knew there was a difference between the two. Not even the owners/employees at the loncherias knew it!
If you ask me, a great travesty of justice was done on Monday. I hope Rosemary contests this.
UPDATE: I spoke to Rosemary's partner today. She had to pay a 400 peso fine AND for the damages to the scooter! Life can be so unjust sometimes. When I asked him why she paid instead of contesting the lack of signage, he replied that she did not want to spend anytime in jail.