Some of you may remember a blog I wrote a few weeks ago about a good friend of ours who stunningly discovered she was dead, even though she felt very much alive and looked just fine to us during a Zoom meeting. It turns out that an online ancestry search listed her as having kicked the bucket in 2011. Luckily for all of us, we’ve confirmed that she is still breathing, ambulatory and in good spirits. The mystery of why she ended up in the “reduction in population” column is still unresolved.
Well, perhaps this happens a lot more than we thought. A recent article in the Albuquerque Journal says a woman riding a bicycle along city streets last week was struck and believed killed. An officer investigating the incident even went to far as to check the “deceased” box for condition of the victim on the official report he filled out about the accident.
It turns out that the woman was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition — maybe proclaiming “I’m not dead”* on her ambulance ride there — and this week was listed as “recovering.”
If you read between the lines of the Albuquerque Police Department response, it suggests they may have told several people that she had died before determining she was actually still with us.
“Due to an error in the report, we would like to extend our apologies to the family and hope she makes a full recovery,” a police representative sheepishly announced.
As far as I know, our good friend still has not received a similar apology from the ancestry site which said she had expired. I’m glad she and the bicycle rider are still with us.
*See the Monty Python and the Holy Grail clip in my previous blog below: https://wordpress.com/post/aero-cordero.com/805