A motorist stopped at a local intersection this morning, inviting a nearby runner to cross the street in front of him and three other lanes of bustling traffic.
Steve Winwood, 71, was southbound on John Barleycorn Drive around 7:20 a.m. when the incident occurred.
Dave Mason, 44, a local runner, was nearing the end of a four-mile run when he arrived at the intersection, sources said. As he stood waiting for a chance to cross the busy, four-lane street, he noticed an approaching car slowing and then stopping.
Meanwhile, vehicles in the other three lanes, moving in both directions, continued to hurtle past. Most appeared to be traveling well above the posted speed limit of 30 mph.
“Go ahead,” a smiling Winwood seemed to say from behind the wheel of his idling car. “After you.”
Not wanting to die, Mason declined the invitation.
As vehicles behind him began to honk, Winwood grew impatient, his gestures becoming more emphatic. Ultimately he threw his hands in the air, shook his head, and sped away.
Mason crossed the street less than one minute later, during a break in traffic.
Winwood was later seen stopping at another nearby intersection and smiling at a woman pushing a double baby stroller as he motioned for her to walk into the path of an oncoming garbage truck.