Ronald Adams left to drive to California. His mother said, "Be careful when you are driving. Don't fall asleep-or drive fast-or pick up any strangers on the road...." Adams replied, "Of course not."
Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge that morning, he saw a man, that seemed to be waiting for a lift. He had fresh spots of rain on his shoulders and a overnight bag. He stepped out to walk and if Adams had not swerved he would of hit the man.
On the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, right before the tunnel, he was there again. He hailed Adams this time. He said, "Hall-ooo... Hall-ooo...!" Adams stepped on the gas and when past him.
Adams offered a woman a ride because he no longer wanted to drive on the road alone. Adams sees the man again and almost crashed in a ditch, causing the girl to freak out. Then Adams saw the man again and crashed into a barbed wire fence and she left his car.
Adams felt that if he were to speak to his mother he would pull himself together, so he called his mom. When he got ahold of his house number he finds that his mother did not answer the phone. Instead, it was a person named Mrs. Whitney.
Adams asks where his mother is. She tells him that his mother is in the hospital. She tells him that she had a nervous breakdown since her son, Ronald, has died. He freaks out when he finds that he is dead.