In Zen and the Art of Motyorcycle Maintenance, the author maintains that gravity didn't exist before Newton discovered it!
So ultimately, it all boil downs to BELIEF.
If you believe in paranormal, ghost, ESP, Near Death Experiences, God, after life: then they exist?
If you don't, then they don't.
Reality is subjective.
The guy you hit? If he got a look at the plates, it won't even take that long. There's no play here. There's no angle, there's no champagne room. I'm not a miracle worker, I'm a janitor. The math on this is simple; the smaller the mess, the easier it is for me to clean up.