Lisa Herdman, senior Washburn student and resident of Topeka, partook in a fender bender around 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 22 on 12 Street and Gage Boulevard.
The other driver, a woman who looked to be in her late 40s, is yet to be identified. She was driving a red Ford Focus.
Herdman recreated the scene before she was at class.
"I pulled out of my driveway and headed down 12th Street towards Gage," Herdman said. "I was stopped at a stoplight, and this lady, coffee in hand, sunglasses gleaming in the light, smacked right into the back of me!"
Herdman said the woman looked to be figiting with something while she was driving, and she could see that the woman was not going to be able to stop in time. After the accident occurred, the woman got out of her car and approached her. But Herdman was already busy calling the police.
"I was furious!" Herdman said. "I punched in 911, and then tried to not look like I wanted to fight this lady before the policeman arrived. I hadn't even made it a block away from my house yet!"
A police officer showed up around 10:45 a.m. and took both women's information, before assigning a ticket to the woman in the Ford Focus.
"I am still upset that it made me late to class," Herdman said. "My car is so old, so I don't really care about it. But you have to be careful when you are driving and approaching a stoplight, watch where you are going!"