Watch: The terrifying moment a driver nearly hits a man standing on a main York road in the dark
Watching this, it reminds you of a jump scare in a horror movie.
But this video is real, and it was filmed on the York outer ring road.
Reece Tanner was driving home at night, on a stretch of road between Haxby and New Earswick that he is very familiar with.
Then, out of nowhere, his headlights pick up a figure standing just a few feet ahead.
We’ll let Reece pick up the story…
“On the ring road between the Haxby roundabout and New Earswick roundabout, a guy was stood in the middle of the road in pitch black darkness.
“Luckily, driving just under 60 and having some sort of super reaction time which isn’t tested on a regular basis, allowed me to swerve out the way.
“Thank god that there was not an oncoming car passing at the same time – but there was one in the distance.
“If a car had hit my car on the other side I would have been perhaps killed myself. And secondly, thank god I didn’t hit him.”
Reece took a moment to compose himself, then rang the police.
“Fingers crossed he hasn’t done this to someone else and he’s okay,” he said
He posted the video on social media, and it provoked a lot of comments. “This terrifies me because I genuinely would not have had the quick reaction to swerve that,” one said.
“How did you not hit him?!” another asked. “Well done for been so alert and aware.”
Reece had a strong message for other York drivers. “Please please please be careful on those ring roads. Especially in the dark.
“Just want to spread the word that anything can happen even when you’re not expecting it.”
Alarming video, I wouldn’t want to be the driver! Fact check though, there is only one roundabout on the ring road which goes into New Earswick and only one which goes into Haxby and you can’t drive between them as they are the same roundabout. He was driving between Haxby Road and Wigginton Road roundabouts.