Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Road rage


To the Mustang driver,

The nice afternoon of Saturday, March 9, myself, a retired deputy in a wheelchair and his son were taking a nice walk as we usually do. We came upon a neighbor who was doing the same and we stood to each side as we heard a loud car coming towards us, so we went to one side and the neighbor to the other. We yelled at him to slow down as we had dogs and a man in a wheelchair. So he slowed, revving his motor in disapproval. Most of our neighbors know who we are and always slow to let us get to the side. No sooner than we get to walking again we hear the motor come roaring up behind us, the driver slows to a stop, rolls his window down and starts yelling at us that we better watch ourselves, we don’t know who we are dealing with and next time he will get us.

Shame on you young man. If you were my son I would have been ashamed. Why?

1) Driving too fast, 2) acting like a jerk in front of women, 3) and threatening a man in a wheelchair who fought for his country and was put in a wheelchair in pursuit of someone speeding.

And he lives with that everyday now. Shame, shame on you on you. Now we have to walk watching our backs, but you, little man, will not make us live in fear.

I am a woman who doesn’t like threats from people like you. Bullies beware.

Shingle Springs

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Discussion | 20 comments

  • DarrinMarch 13, 2013 - 8:36 am

    What a pig! Was the MORON in a silver 77? Chevelle SS. I wonder if it was the same guy who yelled at me in downtown Placerville to "Get on the bike trail". Which is where we were heading and since there is only one road between the two trails, it has to be shared by EVERY vehicle on the road.

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  • Retired 830March 13, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    To the little road rage rat: Be very careful of what you do. Karma and pine trees just may get you. When I see you wrapped around a tree, I will pass you buy and with a smile and you will no longer be a nuisance to citizens....or your proud parents. Pathetic PUNK!

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  • cookie65March 13, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    Several phone calls to the CHP from you and your neighbors with a discription of the car and driver will probably help. They are not used to being disciplined or corrected which is why you got the response you did. They have little to no respect for anyone. The term the leftists used when they outlawed discipline was self esteem. Yes, I can tie all that is wrong in the world to the evils of leftism.

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  • Walking TallMarch 13, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    A California Driver's License is a priviledge not a right and it is revokeable at anytime by a Peace Officer or by complaint to Law Enforcement. So beware to those who drive in the manner described, we are watching and reporting you....

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  • Your NeighborMarch 14, 2013 - 8:28 am

    Amazing! We're surrounded by nincompoops. Born/raised in Shingle Springs, moved to Somerset to get away from some of that , but alas, they're everywhere. They ride your bumper, play music so loud the house vibrates, fly down the road like there are no critters, joggers, pedestrians, bicyclists. And then you see them in the market, they come into your business, break down and need help, run off the road in the snow.....muahhh haaaa and like the old song, you "just walk on by"..... Stick to your guns Corina, try to get a license number if you see them again. There's more people with you than agin ya!

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  • R.J. CarterMarch 14, 2013 - 9:31 am

    I was riding my motorcycle down Motherlode Dr. recently when a laughing teenager leans out the window of an oncoming car and shoots me in the chest with a paintball gun...Gawd I hate teenagers...

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  • DB SmithMarch 14, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    R.J. ~ If they continue to get away with that kind of stuff with no consequence then it can easily graduate to something more serious. I would of had to track that little sucker down including the driver and introduce them to a few of my teenage grandsons. Dodging deer, dogs and cars is bad enough on a bike but to get shot at...Damn, that must of startled the hell out ya.

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  • rodMarch 14, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    Who doesn't have a cell phone these days? TAKE HIS PICTURE... and the car. If he gets in your face take a video! Verbal assault is a crime, so is harrasment or a verbal threat. Remind him of a trip to jail, you have witnesses.

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  • EvelynMarch 14, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    Perhaps the County's undercover "spotters" who work in tandem with Animal Control enforcing leash law compliance could help track and bring to heel the maniacs on the road. 'Cause seriously, folks, the behavior of the jerks mentioned by Corina Poor may pose a greater danger than my recumbent unleashed poodle enjoying the glory of spring in a public space.

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  • DeeMarch 14, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    Off Topic-Evelyn-Are you aware that the roundabout is back with two more? Here is the Facebook site-Save Our County, El Dorado - Citizen Oversight of Local Government

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  • EvelynMarch 14, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    Hi Dee: Yes, I saw the Roundabout on Tuesday's agenda. That was, of course, the same meeting where Mayor Mattson issued a Proclamation favoring the Sacramento Kings on our behalf. I would note that the Kings received from the City of Sacramento approx. $80 million and the Grand Jury found that documents regarding the transaction had been unlawfully withheld. It seems the City of Placerville knows better than the residents of Sacramento who refused to pass two sales tax measures for funding the Kings. But that is Regionalism for you. Local control is being lost by residents. Placerville is no exception.

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  • EvelynMarch 14, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    Actually, Dee, I misspoke. The Roundabout was not on the Agenda per se. It's mention was briefly referenced in a document attachment.

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  • EvelynMarch 14, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    P.S. If you're enthusiastic about hosting and paying for the 2026 Winter Olympics, do speak up. 'Cause they're in the planning, though nobody will admit it. But perhaps I shouldn't worry. We're rapidly turning to ash anyway.

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  • James E.March 14, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    Are we talking about the roundabout that was previously suggested at the intersection of Main and Cedar Ravine? That intersection has worked wonderfully for years and years. Everyone politely waiting their turn, with no problems that I have ever experienced. So, given it works we must have a roundabout? A waste of money. And, speaking of money, follow the money and find out who benefits from a roundabout that isn't needed and which will destroy the ambience of Placerville,

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  • James E.March 14, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    In 2026, I'll be 89 and too old to enter the downhill skiing competition.

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  • Phil VeerkampMarch 14, 2013 - 1:32 pm

    James writes that, "In 2026, I'll be 89 and too old to enter the downhill skiing competition." Depends, James, depends.

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  • EvelynMarch 14, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    James: Same Roundabout. Agreed -- citizens don't want it. City obviously does. Small things like eminent domain and destruction of local businesses need not concern us. At least, they don't concern the City.

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  • James E.March 14, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    Phil, well they could prop me up and get me started down the hill with my special "walker skis." But, I would hit the first available tree. Sure, good television, but not good for me hugging a tree.

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  • Phil VeerkampMarch 14, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    Peeps would pay per view!

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  • Sue TaylorMarch 15, 2013 - 12:10 am

    Same meeting - Councilman Carl Hagen is taking off to Washington D.C. to lobby for $40 million to finish building the Ray Lawyer Drive Interchange. The Placerville Streetscape plan is back on the City's wishlist to lobby Washington for more funds. The Feds are doling out money for roundabouts - that's why everyone keeps putting them in road plans. So how can they be clearing out the land on the South side of the freeway at Ray Lawyer when they are still working on the plans?

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