This event took all of the skepticism out of me. Here is what occured:
This happened back in 1993. I was driving home with my girlfriend after a date to the movies. It was late on a cold, clear January night. There were no clouds. There was no fog. It was about 12:30 a.m. As we approached a hill, I pulled into the slow lane and just as I merged there was a man in the middle of my lane! He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, tennis shoes, and a red baseball hat. He had his head down and was walking briskly with his hands in his pockets. When I say he was in the middle of my lane, I mean he was no more than twenty or thirty feet from the middle of my hood! I was traveling about 45 mph and was about to hit this man! Horrifying!
Before I could react and hit my brakes, my girlfriend screamed. I shut my eyes, broke hard, and entered into a skid. She kept screaming and became hysterical. I felt shivers and chills all through my body. Pure terror! When we came to a stop in the middle of the highway, it was bitter cold inside the compartment of the car. We could see our breath and the windows were covered with condensation on the inside. Granted it was about 25 degrees outside, but we had been driving for about a half an hour and the heater had it nice and toasty in the car.
The battery was drained and the lights were dimmed and the car would not start for a couple of minutes. When it did, we sped off and drove as fast as we could to our homes. My girlfriend was so hysterical she could not speak! When she was able to speak she told me (and her pastor, my family, and her family) that we did indeed hit the man, but that he walked straight through the car! That night, we returned to the spot of the incident (with reinforcements, of course!) to make sure we had not killed anyone. All was well and we returned home to try and get some sleep.
This occurred when I was in college and I would not talk about this until recently. I am 40 years old now, and this is as fresh in my memory as if it happened last night, not 18 years ago. I know this sounds like stories you see on tv from other people telling their stories, but it happened. I know what I saw, felt, and experienced that night. It made me a believer in the spirit world and I am still dealing with "what was that" to this day. When I bump into my old girlfriend now, this topic comes up each time. It has profoundly affected her life as well.
Since this incident I have heard of this happening in this location to two other people and they have had the exact same experience. It is a mystery who or what this is as there is no physical description of this person or story of an accident that I can find to coincide with a person fitting this description. The top of this hill is a blind hill on a curve and there have been several people killed there in auto accidents over the years. That is all I have been able to learn.
I have had a couple of other experiences since that time, but not as up close and personal as this. I have to drive this stretch of highway each to and from work. Not a trip goes by that I don't remember this encounter. I guess I should feel lucky that this entity did not attach and follow one of us home.