Stopped at a red light.
On my way to work.
Her apologies were many and sincere! She told me a little bit about her situation. Her husband was sick and had been in the hospital for three months. He was still there. She never told me what was wrong with him and I never asked. She also told me she was on her way to the bank. That was all I knew.
The emergency personnel arrived. They made sure we were not hurt and then they began to ask for driver's license, insurance cards, and a description of what happened, etc. After I gave them my information, I saw her sitting in her car in the driver's seat bending over the passenger seat going through a bag. I could see several bags in her car, the ones you get to put your personal belongings in at the hospital. She was crying. I thought she was getting all of her things together before the tow truck arrived. The passenger door was open and I saw a card fall to the ground so I walked over to her car, picked it up and handed it to her. Through tears, she told me she could not find her drivers license. The passenger seat was full of the contents of her purse but another card had fallen on the floor between the passenger's seat and the door where it was not visible to her. It was her license. Relief washed over her face.
Before I left the scene, we exchanged names, phone numbers, and more hugs.
A friend visited me later that evening and as I shared with her what had happened, she told me that during a time period when she was distraught because of having to place her mother in a nursing home she hit the back of another vehicle, one with a Louisiana license plate. The lady got out of her car ranting and raving screaming to her that she needed to pay attention to what she was doing and that her personal problems were no excuse.
For you never know what a person may be going through!
(BTW: Her insurance company called me today. They were extremely cooperative, even offering to furnish me with a rental car while the damages to my car were being taken care of. Not sure any of that will be necesarry, but it's good to know I can count on them.)