On Dec. 17, I was on my way home when my car died on Metcalf Street between Wayne and North streets.
The whole electrical system went out and I could not turn any lights on, including the flashing lights. I wasn't able to pull my car completely over to the side by the time it gave out, and cars were going around me at a high rate of speed. This happened around 6 p.m. so it was very dark outside, and that night was very cold and windy.
A deputy sheriff pulled alongside me and asked what happened. Although he wanted to stay there, he was on his way to an accident and could not stay with me.
He said he would send someone to stay with me. I told him that wasn't necessary, that I was just about to call the tow truck. Nevertheless, about five minutes later, a police cruiser pulled up behind me and put his lights on. He insisted that I wait in the cruiser, where it was warm.
I sat there until Big Daddy's Towing showed up. As I was exiting the cruiser, I thanked the officer and told him that he would no longer need to wait. But he stayed there until my car was hooked onto the truck and we all left.
I wanted to thank all the people who helped me that night. It was a scary feeling being stranded with no lights on. I also want to thank Big Daddy's Towing for getting there so quickly. I'm grateful to everyone who assisted me that night in a very frightening situation.
— Mary Beth Miller, Lima