About 20 years ago, I was driving home from a late wedding DJ gig. I was driving south on a major interstate which was relatively empty at 2:30 AM or so. At one point, in the “narrows”, the retaining walls on each side get very high as the highway snakes underneath overpasses. Out of nowhere, a young woman jumped down from the retaining wall onto the highway and directly in front of my car. I hit the brakes hard, came to a complete stop, and nearly slammed into her. She looked up, ran to my passenger door and got in looking terrified. She looked between 16 and 20 years old, long blonde hair, and her clothes looked a little dirty. Not homeless dirty, but like she’d fallen down a few times. “I just need to call my mom,” she said.
I tried to calm her down and began moving back down the highway and behind me about 50 feet, I see another figure jump down onto the highway out of my rear view window. I didn’t mention this to her and she didn’t look back or see the other person. I sped up and went about 4 or 5 exits south. She kept saying over and over, “I just need to call my mom.” This was before most people had cell phones, so I told her I would take her to one of the 24 hour grocery stores and she could call her mom. I asked her if she needed money for a pay phone, what was wrong, etc. She said nothing other than, “I just need to call my mom.”
I pulled up to the grocery store and stopped. She got out quickly, but not running, then ducked into the grocery. She didn’t say a word to me or look back. I pulled into the gas station across the street and called 911 and told them the entire story and let them know the young woman was inside the grocery store and a description of her. I have no idea what happened. I don’t know why she did that, what happened to her, who the figure behind us on the highway was – nothing. Really made me super uneasy. I think I did the right thing. I would have tried to do more but she seemed really fragile emotionally and somewhat afraid of me (I am a guy), so I wanted her to just be able to get to where she needed to be. -@CO_74