Saturday, November 12, 2016

Washburn student experiences fender bender

Lisa Herdman, Washburn student and resident of Topeka, partook in a fender bender at 10:30 a.m. Sepember 22 at 12 Street and Gage Boulevard.

The other driver, a woman who looked to be in her late 40's, is yet to be identified. She was driving a red Ford Focus.

Herdman recreated the scene before she attended her 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 fighting 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, the woman got out of her car and approached Herdman. However, Herdman was already 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 arrived at 10:45 a.m. and took both residents'  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."

Edited by Kenzie McCoy 


  1. Always fix the formatting. You might have to drop it back into Word and clear out the formatting.

  2. Luckily both parties were okay, but yes it is important to pay attention to the road. It seems as though arguing with the driver is also not a good idea. Takes their focus away from the road.

  3. I've never heard the words "experienced" or "partook" used with the phrase "fender bender." I'm glad you're okay though.