And the dimming headlights thing...I just can not accept any kind of excuse for a driver so incompetent that his failure to start his car results in him striking someone three separate times. Frankly, I think it's much more likely that he struck him on purpose, perhaps stalling his car as he attempted to hit him without actually killing him. That is, lurching forward to hit him and then trying to brake short of actually running completely over him. That is the kind of situation where it makes sense that, yea, maybe you couldn't get back to the clutch in time after hitting the brake. It was either sheer, negligent incompetence (keep in mind we're talking about an admitted alcoholic here, coming back from celebrating his anniversary) or on purpose. I just don't see any middle ground between the two.