I have a sort of creepy residual haunting story I would like to share. The incident takes place near my old neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia. This is an easily verifiable location and I encourage others to check it out to see if they see the same thing I have seen.
The first time I saw the "thing" was when I was in high school. I had just gotten my drivers license and was driving home after a late event at my high school.
I have to stop for a minute to explain how my father taught me to drive. He always taught me to look as far ahead as possible to check for things that could become a problem, like kids playing on the sidewalk, pedestrians, etc. He also taught me to look for "moving shadows" when I was driving at night, because sometimes you can't see someone in the dark, but you can see their shadow moving in front of other light sources. I guess this has made me especially aware of shadows while driving at night, and probably helped me see the "thing".
So I was heading south down Brook Road (US Route 1) on the section between Azalea Avenue and Hilliard Road. As I passed the Brook Run shopping center and went through the light at the entrance to the shopping center I was looking ahead for pedestrians, etc. All of a sudden, I saw in my headlights the pants legs of a man walking across the road. I knew if I didn't stop I would run into him, so I slammed on the brakes and slid to a stop in the road. No one was there. I had clearly seen gray pants, wrinkles and all, illuminated in my headlights, and they were walking from the left-hand median into the center of my lane. Needless to say, it shook me up a little. But that's not the only time I saw it.
About 3 years later I was coming back from an event at my church and was passing the same spot. (FYI - I was in a different car) I again saw the gray pants walking from the left-hand median into my lane. This time I didn't overreact, and instead slowed down. There was no one there. Now, every time I pass that spot I look for the pants. The last time I saw it was about 5 years ago. I was coming back from an event downtown and was passing the same spot. Again, I saw the pants. This time I was with my husband and tried to point them out to him, but he didn't see them. He has really bad night-vision, so maybe that's why he didn't see it.
I have only seen the "pants" at night and only during warm months, so if you decide to cruise the area, wait until after dark. And watch your speed because police sometimes set a speed-trap on that stretch of road.
A little history on the location:
The area around the Brook Run shopping center was the location of major earthworks and trenches built during the Civil War to keep the Union army out of Richmond. There were a few deaths associated with the earthworks. There is a historical monument inside the shopping center parking lot. Also, at the bottom of the hill, where Hilliard Road crosses Brook Road, is the location where Gabriel, a famous slave had instructed his supporters to meet to begin a slave rebellion in the summer of 1800. Check out Wikipedia under Gabriel Prosser for more details about Gabriel. There is also a location in the area that is supposedly haunted by Gabriel, but I'll write that in another story.