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Stranded Motorist Finds No Angels, Just "Dirty Looks, Middle Fingers"

When car stops suddenly, women find no help from passing motorists.

Stranded Motorist Finds No Angels, Just "Dirty Looks, Middle Fingers." Route 7, Google Streetview Screengrab
Stranded Motorist Finds No Angels, Just "Dirty Looks, Middle Fingers." Route 7, Google Streetview Screengrab
When your car breaks down on a busy roadway, you hope a passing motorist will help out.

One woman told WTOP about a dangerous incident on Route 7 on her way toward Herndon when her car stopped suddenly in a driving lane. Dozens of cars drove past her in the next 45 minutes, but she didn't get any help.

"I just got dirty looks, middle fingers," Melinda Arbinger told a reporter.

What do you do when you see a car stopped in a driving lane? Tell us in the comments!


Virginia State Police advises drivers in this situation to turn on flashers, lock the doors and get as far off the road as possible. And to call #77 for police assistance.

AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman John Townsend told WTOP that drivers should help each other out.

"We as motorists have a social contract," he says.

AAA shared tips for drivers when the car suddenly shuts down. Read more of the WTOP story.

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