That's a very nice story. After some time to go back over the accident I was recently in, I've come to the conclusion that the principles I've learned in Aikido also helped me avoid massive damage and probably losing my life also. I was going down the highway at 65 Mph when someone pulled out across the highway because they "didn't see me". Since I actively scan my surroundings and make sure that I'm aware, I saw him coming but had very little time to react. However, when I did react, I took the right path through what could have been a 65 mph rollover, collision, or worse. Instead, I just got whiplash and a totaled car from flying off the road and slamming into the barrow pit. I thank my lucky stars that's all that happened. I think back and if I had relaxed my awareness for 1 second, I wouldn't have seen him and plowed right into him.
There was also a young boy on a 250CC motor cycle near here that wasn't aware and was killed instantly in pretty much the same way.
My 9yr old son is taking Aikido now and one of the things I'm trying to instill in him is the importance of being aware of your environment. That includes everything from cars to trees to people's feelings and attitudes.
It's not just Aikido that stresses awareness either. I think that awareness is probably one of the main tenets of any martial art and is one of the most effective techniques you can learn.