If you were one of those stuck in traffic on I-45 in Houston on Sunday, this story could either ease or increase your irritation. The source of the holdup: Vidal Valladares Navas and his friends stopped their cars in the middle of the highway so he could propose to his girlfriend, Michelle Wycoff. Valladares Navas tells the Houston Chronicle that the section of highway is actually one of Wycoff's favorite spots and the site of the couple's second date, a motorcycle ride. "I stopped on my motorcycle and she loved the view," Valladares Navas tells KTRK. So when it came to proposing, "I just wanted to do something different," he says. An Instagram video shows friends standing in lanes of traffic with cellphones and cameras as Valladares Navas gets down on one knee. As Wycoff says yes, a few vehicles sneak by the scene honking their support or anger—it's not quite clear which.
Valladares Navas says he told Wycoff they were going to a party, then stopped on the highway and told her to get out. "I said, 'Are you serious?'" Wycoff recalls. "Then I saw all my family and friends with cameras and I looked where Vidal was and he was down on one knee. … Honestly, I didn't think about if it was a good idea or a bad idea. I was just so happy in the moment." Valladares Navas apparently didn't think about the consequences, either. "I never really thought about causing an accident," he says. "Love makes you do stupid things." He adds that the group stopped traffic for only about 35 seconds. "I think it's rare and romantic," a woman writes on Instagram, per KPRC. Others have a different view. "I do hope that there is enough photo evidence to get him fined for pulling this stunt," a user says. Police say they didn't receive any complaints but are evaluating whether any charges will follow. (This guy proposed while dressed as a serial killer.)