She hit me! Not a very strong crash but she fell down. I stopped, being well, but with my bike bag broken and all the apples falling all over the ground. Technically it was not my fault as I strictly abided by the traffic rules and kept on my lane. But the accident made me seriously worried and tense as she was an old lady.
I helped the lady get up from the ground and she was trembling, severely with her right arm and right leg. Passors-by gave me some help in conforting the lady. Her right arm and leg were still trembing.
Having an appointment with someone, the lady had to go. I promissed accompanying her untill she saftly arrive her destination. I tried to pursuade her to walk a while as her right leg was stilling trembling but she replied in dysfluent English saying it's more comfortable for her to ride. I was puzzled.
I helped adjust her bike she rode on. Suddenly I found her right leg was an artificial limb. At that moment, I suddenly understand why she couldn't brake timely to avoid the accident and why she said it's more comfortable for her to ride. However a huge feeling of sadness and guilty immersed me as thinking of how the accident made her so uncomfortable. She was senior, or rather, frankly, old.
Although the thing was she hit me. But after noticing she had an artificial limb and had a crutch carried on her bike. I began to realize it's not her fault anymore, not at all. I was deeply sorry, even sad.
Accompanying her to the destination, I kept apologizing. We couldn't communicate much as I don't speak Dutch and she only speaks a little English. Silently, we cycled. She didn't blame me at all, which made me even more sorry and guilty.
Finally, we arrived her destination and she said "Thank you" to me. At that moment, I was touched. Dutch people are so nice.
This might be the first lesson for me in the Netherlands. Moreover, on my way back home, I thought of my previous supervisor at Hong Kong. She once had a severe traffice accident when riding a bike during her work as Post Doc. in the Europe. She survived but in her later life she abandoned biking.
I hope this sixty+ old lady today won't abandon biking because of the accident.