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AIBU to want to warn the driver?

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Lflossy88 Thu 23-Mar-17 10:17:56

Yesterday me and DDs were walking home from school when a child who is in reception ran past us way ahead of his mum (who was chatting and allows him to run ahead) and straight across a road without looking (this happens every day and frightens the life out of me).

On this occasion a car was coming out of the garages/private parking where this road leads. Being about 10 feet behind him, pushing Dd3 in the pushchiar and having Dds 1 & 2 either side of me I was too far away to grab him. Luckily the car wasn't going at speed and managed to stop before a collision.

The driver got out, he was quite clearly angry and scared, and started to yell at me for not watching my child (completely understandable). The child's mum caught up with us and ran to her son hugging him and also began to yell at me confused. Asking why I didn't grab him or stop him! I put this down to her feeling guilty and scared so just carried on walking home. (The driver apologised).

Once at the corner of my cul-de-sac I stopped to chat with a neighbour and low and behold the boy goes running by again!! Straight across the road no mum in sight!!

So now to this morning.

I dropped the girls at their classrooms and was walking across the playground when I was approached by the boy's mum. Assuming she was coming to apologise for yelling at me I stopped to talk to her. She did apologise (in a sickly sweet kind of way) and then went on to ask for my number... When I asked her why she needed it she said "So my lawyer can contact you about the accident yesterday." hmm When I asked her what accident she stated "When that car hit my son!" shock.

Now, I am 100% sure that the car stopped about 2 feet from her son and told her so. She then had the gall to ask if I would say the car had bumped her son as the driver's insurance would cover any claim...angry

I lost my temper at this point and told her if she made a claim against the driver I would report her for fraud. She exploded and started yelling at me as I walked away not even sure what she was saying.

So would IBU to tell the driver (the car was parked in the private parking/garage area this morning) what she was/is planning?

nogrip Thu 23-Mar-17 10:22:32

Tell the other driver! The woman is a loon

RB68 Thu 23-Mar-17 10:23:03

Not at all - she is disgusting

rjay123 Thu 23-Mar-17 10:23:20

100% tell the driver. And give him your details as a witness

DrunkenUnicorn Thu 23-Mar-17 10:24:41

Tell the driver. What a ghastly woman

MouldyPeach Thu 23-Mar-17 10:25:26

Yanbu tell him if you can. I really hope her son never has to go through the reality of being hit by a car sad

Maudlinmaud Thu 23-Mar-17 10:26:00

Oh my word what is that woman on? Yes, warn the driver.

snotato Thu 23-Mar-17 10:27:33

Yes tell the driver and give him your contact details.

Soubriquet Thu 23-Mar-17 10:28:07

Yes warn the driver definitely

She obviously is looking for quick cash

stumblymonkeyremix Thu 23-Mar-17 10:28:46

I would 100% tell the driver and give them my contact details as a potential witness if she makes a fraudulent claim.

I can't believe she let him run ahead again straight after a near miss. She sounds very weird!

agedknees Thu 23-Mar-17 10:29:15

Tell the driver, and I would go further and inform the police. Isn't fraud a criminal offence?

This is why car insurance is so expensive.

Oliversmumsarmy Thu 23-Mar-17 10:29:53

Why would she think you would lie so she can get some cash.

Absolutely tell the driver and offer to be a witness on his behalf

I think I would also have given my details to her so when her solicitor contacted me i could tell him in no uncertain terms that it was a fraudulent case

Isitjustmeorisiteveryoneelse Thu 23-Mar-17 10:29:59

Jeez, is she letting him run off on purpose in the hope of doing exactly this, fraudulently claiming?

RiversrunWoodville Thu 23-Mar-17 10:30:42

I would definitely tell the driver and give him your contact details

FrizzBombDelight Thu 23-Mar-17 10:31:37

I know a lady that is on her third claim, the most recent is for witnessing an accident where there were no serious injuries hmm Makes my blood boil! Good for you for standing up to that woman and yes warn the driver!!

BathshebaDarkstone Thu 23-Mar-17 10:32:01

Definitely tell the driver.

AntiHop Thu 23-Mar-17 10:32:25

Yes tell the driver for sure. She's BVU.

Snugglepalace Thu 23-Mar-17 10:37:14

Surely if he had hit her child there would have to be doctors reports etc and some kind on injury on the child? How is she going to come up with that one?
She is obviously a nasty piece of work. I would let the driver know what is going on.
WTF is wrong with people??!!

CoraPirbright Thu 23-Mar-17 10:37:18

Yup - def warn the driver that she might try and pull this disgusting stunt and offer to be a witness on the drivers behalf! Well done you for pulling her up on it!

totorosfluffytummy Thu 23-Mar-17 10:37:20

Yes tell the driver.
You should also consider telling School how she doesn't take proper care of her child as you mentioned he has run ahead into roads before. I would tell the school if I were in your shoes.

unfortunateevents Thu 23-Mar-17 10:37:23

I know a lady that is on her third claim, the most recent is for witnessing an accident where there were no serious injuries - what kind of claim can you make for witnessing an accident?!

FooFighter99 Thu 23-Mar-17 10:39:01

Tell the driver and also tell the police! People like her are the reason that everyone's car insurance premiums have shot up.

The fucking cheeky bitch!! angry I hope she gets done for fraud (or attempted fraud if there is such a thing).

I was once crashed into by an old lady, she had Motability insurance that sorted my car out, but I didn't claim against her as I wasn't injured. This 'where there's blame there's a claim' culture really needs to stop.

PurpleMinionMummy Thu 23-Mar-17 10:39:26

I doubt she would get very far anyway if she lets him run off. The gall of some people though

Catherinebee85 Thu 23-Mar-17 10:43:47

What an awful woman! Yes I'd definitely tell the driver, and offer him your contact details to pass on to his insurance company.

She's so lucky her child is alive and in one but if she continues not to watch him he might not be. I'd be telling her that too.

Catherinebee85 Thu 23-Mar-17 10:44:19

*in one piece

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