Charlie Davies saw his past in the dying woman, and he ran away from it in tears.
He looked at the two bodies lying on the pavement, a woman struggling to breathe, a man with a badly gashed head, and saw himself.
He watched as emergency responders strapped the woman into a stretcher, listened as she cried, “No! No!”, and wondered if those would be her last breaths, and how close he had come to breathing his.
The memories — pain and torment and stillness — flooded back, and Davies tried to outrun them. He sprinted, crying, to his wife.
“It was like seeing what happened to me,” he says of witnessing a devastating car crash that claimed two lives in Boston in June, “on the other side.”
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