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Thanks for the hand when her drive went nuts
Good Samaritans do exist, as I discovered on Dec. 11. While driving west on Clarke Road in Coquitlam, I suddenly heard a thump. A flat tire, I thought, so I slowly manoeuvred my car to the curb lane, hoping to roll it to the visible side street, Kemsley Avenue.
However, the car stopped mid-intersection, blocking traffic. Much to my horror, I discovered that all the lug nuts from a newly installed front tire were gone, and the wheel had come off.
Had I been on the highway, as planned, where the traffic is faster and heavier, a runaway tire from a moving vehicle could have been disastrous, especially during rush hour.
A construction worker, who I later discovered had previously been a Kal Tire manager, immediately jumped into action, setting up safety cones. Then, using the tools and spare lugs from my trunk, he quickly changed the tire to a spare so that I could reach my mechanic’s shop in North Vancouver before it closed. I wished to send him something to express my gratitude but he declined, instead asking that I do something for someone going forward and that he was happy that he could help.
I would like to say a big thank you to this modest gentleman, Greg Jabbusch, and the young woman, Jessica Bornestig, who directed traffic. Thank you to my guardian angels that day.