Last night I witnessed one of the most awful things I've seen in my whole life.
A friend and I was walking to Greenbelt to join a couple of other people for some late night drinks and a smoke. We both already downed a bottle of beer and were in jolly spirits and was looking forward to capping the night off in the company of good friends.
It was about 12 midnight and there was quite a few people on the streets: some taxi drivers, random pedestrians, and a mother and a child standing in the middle of the road waiting to cross.
We were about half a block away from Greenbelt coming from Gamboa Street when a black Toyota Camry came speeding down Paseo de Roxas and hits the mother and child.
Even from that distance we could hear the dull thud created by the impact of the car hitting a human body.
The vehicle was going so fast that it took at least two car lengths before it could grind to a halt.
The mother was dazed. Blood trickled down her right forehead while she looked around for her daughter. A wail tore through the night when she caught sight of her child lying unconscious in the pavement about 8-10 feet away from her. She rushed over and took her kid in her arms and was hysterically talking to her baby, trying to get her to wake up.
A guy came out of the car and ushered mother and child into his vehicle. He got back in and sped off, I assume, to take them to the nearest hospital.
All this happened in the span of less than a minute.
When the car hit that child all I could think of was that my son is only just about a year or so older than that kid. I was on auto pilot, half running to the scene of the accident. I wasn't even sure what I was going to do when I got there. My friend had her cell phone out and was about to dial for help.
It was a good thing that the guy in the car stopped, got down, and helped the two. It was the least he could do after what happened, driving so fast on an inner city street but then again some people would just have easily sped off and not looked back.
In a flash it was all over.
When the Camry hit the two it was like time suddenly slowed to a crawl. When they took off, time started up again and everything went back to normal.
You wouldn't have been able to tell that something terrible happened there a few scant seconds ago.