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    I Nearly Ran Over a Teenager

    From the COLlive inbox: I nearly ran over a young teenage Lubavitch girl in Crown Heights and I would like to apologize to her. Full Story

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    Kol Hakavod
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    Kol Hakavod

    It takes guts to admit a mistake like that! Good for you! I hope other drivers take your example and keep off the cell while driving.

    Location
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    Location

    Was it on Albany and Carroll? If so, I can direct you to personally thank the girl who’s still alive today.
    Let everyone learn a lesson from this!

    very mentschlich
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    very mentschlich

    impresses with the apolgy

    col
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    col

    wow, very impresssed

    unreal!??!
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    unreal!??!

    In HS I had to write an essay on cell phones(while driving). One of the issues I brought up & I remember clearly that my teacher liked it was that it DISTRACTS the DRIVER while DRIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!This was more than 10 yrs ago!!!!! HELP! all those Blackberries, Blueberries & Raspberries! THank G-d, I don’t OWN one even 4 an EMERGENCY!!!!(what did you all do 20 YRS ago, b/4 cell phones-do the SAME NOW)!!!! Thank you “ASHAMED YUNGERMAN”, I’ve seen to many drivers using their phones either, chatting, texting or watching the latest on internet & I can testify to that(b/c I’m… Read more »

    amazed
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    amazed

    wow!

    B"H
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    B"H

    Hang this not in every shul and every public place (online and off).
    I will b”n never talk/text/surf and drive again.

    thank you
    Guest
    thank you

    thi is so so nice and so respectfull of human beings. aside form the point at hand, i think a big lesson can be learnt from your honesty and sincerity.

    just a simple jew
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    just a simple jew

    Now that’s a mentch!
    But really! Be careful, and stick to your hachlata with improving driving habits!

    wow
    Guest
    wow

    I’m very impressed. I thought this was going to be another of those articles about people who cross not at the crosswalk, or run across the street without looking, etc.
    Boy was I surprised. good for you that you didn’t also “just move on.”
    may we all take a lesson from this, in any experience, to really take to heart, and not let it pass us by superficially.
    I wonder if the girl herself will realize that it was her, who nearly got ran over……

    Dear deeply ashamed yungerman
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    Dear deeply ashamed yungerman

    I commend you for recognizing your mistake and posting, you don’t know what good can come of it, hopefully lots.

    I urge ALL drivers to watch the 4 minute video about texting and driving. It is graphic. But it depicts what can very realisticaly happen if you text and drive.

    a true mench
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    a true mench

    very sweet!

    yes
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    yes

    Yes i agree.
    Thats a good idea.
    Drive safely.

    Kol Hakavod!
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    Kol Hakavod!

    This is truly special to admit something you did wrong to the public! It is very hard for some people. Yasher Koach!

    b"h
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    b"h

    b”h she did not get hit!

    kol hakavod!!
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    kol hakavod!!

    at least you learned your lesson “without killing someone”

    everyone should take this to heart!!

    gosh!!!
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    gosh!!!

    i feel bad if you feel bad
    PEOPLE!!! comment!!! i want the person to say it was i who was almost hit even if they didnt realize it the girls on the sidewalk look like two unless the one pushing the stroller

    surprised
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    surprised

    Its nice that this yungerman finally got the message, no texting, talking on cell while you drive. Its been the LAW for a long time. WHY WAIT TILL SOMETHING DOES HAPPEN. DO YOU EVER HEAR THE NEWS OR READ IF FOR THAT MATTER. YOU KNOW ITS DANGEROUS.
    In Flatbush, weeks ago, someone was severely injured. The list goes on and on. POLICE, they should of cought you first. Its terrible that this incident had to teach you not to get distracted by your loving blackberry while driving.

    you're honest
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    you're honest

    This author is very honest. me and my friend were walking home today and we were walking on the intersection by our turn and some careless driver passed us by an inch. cause you know how they make left turns as you’re also walking and some don’t have patience or wanna beat you so my friend was astonished. it surprised me and an inch more would be the end of us. Baruch Hashem nothing worse happened but if the driver was honest like you, it would be a different story. thanks for your Kavod.

    Roch
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    Roch

    You’re a mentch for apologizing….we could all take a lesson…

    good bh
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    good bh

    bh nothing happened and u learn and thaught all a very important lesson. thanks for sharing

    Be Alert!! Life is Precious....
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    Be Alert!! Life is Precious....

    There is a teenager who hit someone with her car & he’s braindead. If he dies then she’s in major trouble-more then she is now!! Why? Because she was TEXTING while driving!!!
    THINK, USE YOUR HEAD!! We are all vulnerable & should live it to the fullest. So PLEASE PLEASE be carefull!

    Halacha question
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    Halacha question

    Does someone who is texting while driving have a din ‘rodef’? Can you imagine the halachik implications??!

    thank you!!
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    thank you!!

    im not that girl, but i have a friend thats in jail because she killed someone while texting and driving! so EVERYONEEEEEE PLEASEEEEE STOP USING UR PHONE WHILE DRIVING…THERE’S A REASON Y THERE IS A LAW AGAINST IT!!!!

    wow
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    wow

    very inspiring i admire u for your gr8 courage in puplically apologizing

    ch mom
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    ch mom

    may we all learn a valuable lesson at no one’s expense BH

    impressed
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    impressed

    BRAVO for acting like a man, and admitting that you are wrong!!! Most people today just blame others Another thing that impresses me is that you went public and told everyone so we can learn from you. You signed yungerman; let your wife know what a “mentch” she has and your mother what a “mentch” she brought up!!!!

    Where it's legal to talk and drive
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    Where it's legal to talk and drive

    Living out of town, where using a cell phone while driving is allowed, you start thinking that it’s really just fine…the streets are quieter and it is allowed, after all.

    This is a wake up call…

    Btw, do any of you out there think it’s okay to use a phone where it IS legal? Just curious to hear what you all think…I’m trying to figure this out!

    thoughts
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    thoughts

    New Yorkers should spend some time in smaller cities and see that people in those smaller cities don’t cross against the lights and life is alot easier in that way. Pedestrians should know how to conduct themselves as well as drivers.

    estie
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    estie

    SHUT YOUR PHONE OFF WHEN YOU GET INTO A CAR TO DRIVE IT.

    From author
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    From author

    #2, it was and you are right about thanking her: Thank you so much for the defensive measures you have taken. I shudder at the thought…

    Wake Up Call
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    Wake Up Call

    While this is a good time to remind drivers to stop texting when driving, this is also a good time to remind everybody when crossing streets to look both ways and then LOOK AGAIN, EVEN when your crossing at the intersection when the light is green.
    As much as you have to be careful not to hurt other people, you also have to be careful not to get hurt.

    Thank you for being a true mensch
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    Thank you for being a true mensch

    Thank you for standing up to the plate and admitting and taking responsibility for your actions…that testifies to the fact that you are a real mensch….! Thank you for teaching us all such a powerful lesson…this is a lesson that has to keep on being refreshed in our minds till we all realize how serious the consquences of such actoins could lead to! thank you~~

    Yes
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    Yes

    While tge lesson is well taken. I think it’s important to point out that teenagers and kids in crown heights make terrible pedestrians. I see kids running into street every day after classes end. Yes. Drivers, be responsible. Bit we need to remind our kids about crossing at the lights and not in the middle of roads!

    And while I’m on the subject. Testing and walking is also canebrakes. Just last week I saw a girl head down staring at her phone. Walk straight into a street against the light and almost get hit.

    Shidduchim
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    Shidduchim

    I am an 18 year old baalas teshuvah and I know absolutely nothing about the guy who wrote this, besides that he has the humility and ahavas yisroel to publicly admit to almost killing someone, apologize, and vow to change. I hear that there is a shidduch crisis, but it seems to me that if more people were simply looking for someone with good middos rather than yichus or what school the person went to or how they look, there would be less of a problem. G-d willing me and all the single girls out there should marry menschen and… Read more »

    apps that disable phone
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    To the author
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    To the author

    I was a bit reluctant to comment on this article when I first read it. But being that only a real man would confess on a public website with a heartfelt apology, you deserve to know that your apology is accepted 100%. Once I quickly ran out of the way, I did see from the corner of my eye that you stopped at the corner, but I kept walking because I didn’t want you to feel embarrassed by your mistake. Being that Baruch Hashem no one was hurt, all we can do is learn a valuable lesson and drive more… Read more »

    idiot!!!!
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    idiot!!!!

    we all know that you dony use cell phone’s while deriving.

    but what a man you are to stand up for your foult.
    ps the iphone is better for surfing the web while deriving

    to 38
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    to 38

    i think you should listen to your own advice – the first sentence you wrote… not the last.

    Re 37, from the author (yungerman)
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    Re 37, from the author (yungerman)

    Thank you. It was very kind of you to write that.

    Duh
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    Duh

    Why all the accolades for this driver. It’s as if one proclaims that he was in the habit of shooting a gun on a crowded street and now realizes it is dangerous and will stop.
    Killing bshoigeg is chayev Golus and texting and surfing (and even talking) while driving on Kingston is not shoigeg but meizid.
    Ahdu Bshuftineh koaskinon

    WOW
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    WOW

    I’m just totally blown away…

    Re 40, from the teenage girl
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    Re 40, from the teenage girl

    Of course, forgiveness is what god wants and expects from all of us. Your very welcome

    Grateful Skeptic
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    Grateful Skeptic

    At first I thought this was some kind of a spoof, but I see it really happened. I don’t need to criticize or blast you, you have done that to yourself. If nothing else, you have done a great service in alerting people to this danger. We’re all guilty but hopefully, no more. However, I don’t think this terrifying tale will make a big change. Even if chas v’sholom someone gets hurt, nothing will stop everyone. We never think it will happen to us, until it does. But you stopped me from even speaking without a hands free (texting I… Read more »

    Wait for cars to stop at the light before crossing!
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    Wait for cars to stop at the light before crossing!

    I see people start crossing before cars come to a complete stop at the light! That is so foolish cause if some idiot spaces out and keeps going, you’re dead.

    Puzzled?
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    Puzzled?

    Could someone enlighten me, as to what the big deal to make an apology without a name is?

    good for u
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    good for u

    ur a good man

    puzzeld
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    puzzeld

    Hashgach protis

    wow!
    Guest
    wow!

    this is probably the 1st time theirs no negative comments!:)

    to 46
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    to 46

    because the girl knows who she is…and why should his name matter to any of us?
    Also, if he wrote his name, a bunch of people would comment that he’s only doing it for the attention….

    to #50
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    to #50

    ur right!
    ~~~~
    it so nice of you to admit it!

    Even without cell phones NYC drivers are one of the worst
    Guest
    Even without cell phones NYC drivers are one of the worst

    To all of you NYC drivers, coming from and raised in Northern California, you are one of the worst drivers I have ever seen in the U.S. If you want to prevent from killing someone, pedestrian or in a car ALWAYS DO WHAT I DO WHEN I DRIVE: 1. Always stop for pedestrians even if they are jaywalking 2. Always wait a second or two when the light hit green (because another careless driver goes on red) 3. NEVER USE YOUR HORN UNLESS TO WARN SOMEONE OF POSSIBLE DANGER. Horns are not for, hey the light is green. Horns are… Read more »

    driving
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    driving

    We hAVE VISITED OTHER STATES. YOU ARE RIGHT. WE DO NOT DRIVE THAT WAY. THIS IS TO COMMENT 52

    wake up
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    wake up

    its about time …

    no sense!
    Guest
    no sense!

    it takes 3 seconds to look at ur phone, and during those 3 seconds u can kill someone! is it all worth it??

    I am #52
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    I am #52

    I had to add another comment that is poised at three certain bochurim whom I helped get an out-of-state license. I hope that you are driving the way I taught you how to drive. I hope that you are taking everything to heart and not behaving like the drivers around. I hope that you finally understand how dangerous it is to drive; that it is indeed a privilege and major responsibility (especially if your passengers are children).

    READ 37 FROM THE GIRL THAT DID NOT GET
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    READ 37 FROM THE GIRL THAT DID NOT GET

    RUNNED OVER, B”H.

    Man, that girl is cool. No wonder she was saved!

    Ken yirbu!

    to number 57
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    to number 57

    who are you?

    to #58
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    to #58

    mendy 🙂

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