I had one of those 'flash before your eyes' moments yesterday:
My son ran out onto the road. A busy road...
My friend and I were waiting at the traffic lights, chatting. He was standing right by us ... and then he stepped out onto the road. Only about a metre or so, but enough to make me screech his name, and upon hearing this he did freeze. I saw him think for a second 'which way do I go' and thankfully it was not forward and into the traffic and instead a step back into my arms.
I swear I shook.