Letter: Stranded motorist on Catonsville street appreciated helpful gesture from stranger

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On March 12, my wife and I entered Catonsville, via Frederick Road, traveling east to a doctor appointment at 4 p.m.

Suddenly, our car was enveloped in a cloud of steam coming from the engine, forcing us to stop on the side of the road.


An urgent call to AAA assured us that assistance would arrive in 30-45 minutes.

Some 15-20 minutes later, as I was examining the engine, a gentleman, approaching from behind, tapped me on my shoulder to ask the nature of our problem. I assumed he was the AAA service contractor.


After listening to my story, he said he had to pick up his youngster at nearby Hillcrest Elementary School but, in 10 minutes or so, he would return with enough anti-freeze to get us home.

When he left, I advised my wife of his message, whereupon she pointed out (even now I have trouble with this!) that the gentleman was not from AAA.

Before this gentleman returned, AAA service arrived and carried us back to Howard County Honda.

We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to this gentleman for his act of concern and kindness to two senior citizens.

Charles Crass

Ellicott City