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(Newsday)   When sledding down a steeply inclined driveway you really should make sure you have a plan to stop before you hit the street and especially before you reach the car driving by   (newsday.com) divider line 53
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2009-03-03 09:24:44 AM
Thanks Rick.
 
2009-03-03 09:31:10 AM
No charges were filed against the driver, Andrew Napolitano of Smithtown.

Good. Nice to hear about some good police work for a change ;)
 
2009-03-03 10:41:00 AM
www.joblo.com
 
2009-03-03 10:41:10 AM
Maybe they could have put a bale of hay at the bottom of the driveway.
 
2009-03-03 10:41:18 AM
Planning to stop? Where's the fun in that?
 
2009-03-03 10:42:25 AM
"Definitely a freak accident," Crean said. "We're keeping our fingers crossed and hoping she makes it through."

A freak accident? No, it was pretty much the expected result if you're going to sled down a hill on to the street. Woman is lucky she got as few injuries as she did. Hopefully her son will learn the lesson that perhaps sledding onto the street isn't a wise idea. At 42, the mother is pretty much already too old for her stupid to be remedied.
 
2009-03-03 10:44:04 AM
We had a kid killed in our area last year when his parents sent him down the driveway and he was run over because "they didn't think their cunning plan all the way through"
 
2009-03-03 10:44:37 AM
At least it was some knock-off "Lexis" she hit, and not a real Lexus.

/Magnetbox
//Sorny
 
2009-03-03 10:44:48 AM
Lexus
 
2009-03-03 10:45:47 AM
This woman gets the same medical classification as people who ride motorcycles in shorts, tank tops and no helmet. . . .

Organ doner

`nuff said?
 
2009-03-03 10:47:41 AM
In Minnesota we call that 'winter'.
 
2009-03-03 10:48:59 AM
My little sister had a classmate die in this manner around the age of 12.

The kicker? The person who hit him in the car was his aunt.

Sad stuff.
 
2009-03-03 10:49:59 AM
SpinStopper: No charges were filed against the driver, Andrew Napolitano of Smithtown.

Good. Nice to hear about some good police work for a change ;)


"That's some good police work there, Lou" comes to mind.
 
2009-03-03 10:52:14 AM
My house is on the only "hill" in the neighborhood. So when it snows, they will come. The hill is steep and you can't stop before you hit the street.

So us parents split into two groups. The pushers and the catchers. Two catchers are lookouts for cars. No kids have gotten hurt yet.

One of the little turds almost took me out, but my ninja skills, I jumped right over him. Good times.
 
2009-03-03 10:52:25 AM
Long, steep, icy driveway plus Radio Flyer sled equals the best winter days of my childhood.

'Course, we lived on a deserted country road, and there was an good place to bank a sharp turn off into the snow at the bottom before you quite got to said road.
 
2009-03-03 10:54:07 AM
Same thing happened to me. What can I say? I was 13, it was a snow day and my neighbor's front yard had a good hill. I was hit by a Lexus, too.

/concussion
//i got over it
 
2009-03-03 10:54:36 AM
Not everyone has a pond covered with thin ice subby!
 
2009-03-03 10:54:38 AM
When I was a kid, I was visiting my aunt & uncle up in Rockland County, NY right after a large blizzard. The snow was melting and I decided to rollerblade down a very large hill. Now seeing as I was a Floridian, and really wasn't accustomed to variations of elevation, halfway down the hill I realized there was a major street at the end of the road I was rolling down. So, at >30 mph I attempt to bail through someone's driveway slipping in the ice melt and went right through their fence. Thank god for the snow, for I escaped w/ nothing more then road rash and splinters, which was more preferable then the other possible outcome as evidenced by this story.
 
2009-03-03 10:55:03 AM
Twiggz221 : At 42, the mother is pretty much already too old for her stupid to be remedied.

Kids bounce; you, not so much. Out of the gene pool, kthxbai
 
2009-03-03 10:55:25 AM
i grew up in a ski resort in Colorado, and we had a steep hill at the end of one street that we used for sledding. more than once some kid almost got hit by a car at the intersection at the bottom, so they put up a big metal sign warning drivers to slow down... and the first day it was up this girl in my class ran into it (the sign) and broke her arm.
good times.
 
2009-03-03 10:57:26 AM
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/Thumbman lives
 
2009-03-03 10:57:44 AM
img.timeinc.net

feel the rhythm
feel the rhyme
get on up
it's bobsled time
 
2009-03-03 11:01:34 AM
Suburban Washington DC, 1970's.
We called it the "Competence Course", 50 yards down a 45° slope playground at the Top Of The Park apartments. You went through the middle of 2 swingsets (hold your head down or you'll get de-cap'd) cut into the hill. By the time you reached the bottom, you were doing about 40 MPH. The fence was cut and you had to go through it to prove your skillz, so you had about 3 feet to burn a hard rail to the right to keep from plowing across 40th Place, where you'd probably get wicked flat. Good times.
 
2009-03-03 11:02:29 AM
Odd, the FoxNews Andrew Napolitano lives in northern NJ...wonder if it's the same dude.
 
2009-03-03 11:03:05 AM
It quit snowing here in Denver. I got my son and I some cool sleds at Christmastime, but they have gone unused. After his hockey season ends we can hit the hills. But this weather is crazy.
70 degrees today.
 
2009-03-03 11:03:24 AM
AaronK,

thats awesome. as sad as it is, you dont hear that very often: parents supervising and helping their kids have fun with something that could be dangerous. i love it.

the closest i can come is once we had a street wide water balloon war and most of the parents were at the sinks, tubs, outside spickets and hoses refilling our ammunition for us while we rampaged through our neighbors yards. the most fun part was when parents would narc out their own kids, "Ricky's hiding behind the Millers' shed. Sneak in from the south."
 
2009-03-03 11:04:59 AM
It's also apparent that this woman didn't see Geddy Lee's safety video on sledding.
 
2009-03-03 11:05:21 AM
My parent realized early that "kids will be kids", so the only rule they inisted on was that we posted two spotters when driveway-surfing/skating/sledding.. one at the bottom of the driveway, one at the adjoining street. It prevented two possibly horrific accidents that I can recall, and who knows how many more. I still recall how close that bumper was to my little brother's face that one time we relaxed the rules.. I did the usual big brother thing, but I had nightmare for months.
 
2009-03-03 11:08:53 AM
Stephen_Falken: Suburban Washington DC, 1970's.
We called it the "Competence Course", 50 yards down a 45° slope playground at the Top Of The Park apartments. You went through the middle of 2 swingsets (hold your head down or you'll get de-cap'd) cut into the hill. By the time you reached the bottom, you were doing about 40 MPH. The fence was cut and you had to go through it to prove your skillz, so you had about 3 feet to burn a hard rail to the right to keep from plowing across 40th Place, where you'd probably get wicked flat. Good times.


I call shenanagians. No suburban Washington DCer would say "wicked flat".
 
2009-03-03 11:09:25 AM
Story time, gather round. Now, my story begins in 19 dickety two. We had to say dickety 'cause that Kaiser had stolen our word twenty. I chased that rascal to get it back, but gave up after dickety six miles...

Anyways we had this nice big hill near where i lived on campus. This hill had a big wooden light pole right in the middle of it for some reason. We got a decent size snow that night so we decided to take some of the plastic dorm-type industrial mattresses down the hill.

We had been at it for about an hour when more people showed up. 4 ladies decided to go down on the mattress and made a bee-line towards the pole. The first three bail out but the last doesn't. Front of the mattress hits the pole and she slides all the way from the back of the mattress into the pole. Ends up hitting the pole loony-toons stile with a leg and arm on each side of the pole. I couldn't stop laughing about it the entire night, kept imagining the coyote riding a rocket into a wall or something of that nature.
 
2009-03-03 11:11:23 AM
SpookyBee

Our street has 7 houses on it, mine being on the end of a court. Between all of us there are 15 kids under the age of 10. If you hate kids, stay the hell away from this street. Random kids just end up in your hous/yard/garage. Just a part of life. Its how I remember growing up, and i'm glad we have it this way for these kids. Everyone wears walkie talkies for dinner time. There's no way you could find any of them without the walkies.
 
2009-03-03 11:12:47 AM
We have a nice hill for a front lawn, but we always bailed at the sidewalk. That was the most fun part, usually. If you're standing up on the sled and actually make it that far, consider it a blessing to have to bail.

Usually don't get that far down the hill these days when I'm under the influence anyway.

Also wtf this snow was terrible for sledding, so far anyway. Maybe Thursday.
 
2009-03-03 11:20:30 AM
It's a bad feeling, being out of control on snow heading straight for something fast.
 
2009-03-03 11:22:23 AM
No charges were filed against the driver, Andrew Napolitano of Smithtown.

www.highschooltown.com
 
2009-03-03 11:22:54 AM
Growing up in Massachusetts, it was the cornfield across the street that we used for the toboggan. The plan to stop was "roll off the toboggan before you reach the trees at the bottom of the hill!" I was 5 and I knew that tumbling on the icy snow was better than slamming into a tree.

What the hell was she thinking?
 
2009-03-03 11:23:07 AM
Subby's sentence runs on longer than any sledder could.
 
2009-03-03 11:26:14 AM
Back in '88, right around this time of year, I ran the Stockade City Half-Marathon. As I recall it looped from Watervliet out to Schenectady, then back to Albany and over to Watervliet again, kind of a long skinny triangle. The most memorable part was State Street in downtown Albany. State is a very short street, and ends near the Hudson. It is pretty damn steep, sloping down to the river. The course turned left there, very sharply, on Broadway. When I started downhill I enjoyed the breezy downhill run until I realized that the turn at the base was covered by black ice. I noticed that a lot of runners were deliberately putting on the brakes just before the turn. I did the same. I later learned that there were some spectacular wipeouts on the ice.
 
2009-03-03 11:28:50 AM
BobXXL Wins the thread.
 
2009-03-03 11:31:35 AM
The last time I went sledding down a driveway I made an unplanned stop and broke my collar bone.
 
2009-03-03 11:34:41 AM
I grew up sledding/tobboganing a lot of places but we never did it where you could end up in a road.
Hello! snow+cars=less control.
Trees in the path? rarely.
Jumps or ramps at the bottom of the hill? Oh yeah!!!
funny how much it hurts to hit snow at 30+mph from 10+ feet up.

/miss them good ol' days
//don't miss the cold
 
2009-03-03 11:41:05 AM
You kids today.

We had a train track at the bottom of the hill. And the really cool kid had the skill to drag his feet to slow him to shoot under one of the coal cars.

We thought he was a god. And yes he is still alive 45 years later.

We also had Jarts, just both as intended and as a Darwinian Dodgeball sort of game. Nobody died. Everybody grew up with quick reflexes and a set.

Now get off my lawn.
 
2009-03-03 11:44:49 AM
This almost happened to me when I was about seven. I was sledding with some friends on mine near a pile of snow next to a residential street. Unfortunately it was next to a convenience store (I lived in central Nebraska so we don't have hills like in Omaha). I went down the hill and also slid under someone's car. Fortunately I turned my sled just in time.

tuna fingers: It quit snowing here in Denver. I got my son and I some cool sleds at Christmastime, but they have gone unused. After his hockey season ends we can hit the hills. But this weather is crazy.
70 degrees today.


I hope it stays that nice. I'm going out there next week. We still have snow on the ground from the snowstorm we got last week + it just got above freezing for the first time since last Friday. My boyfriend who lives out there heard they are fearing the beginnings of a drought out there.
 
2009-03-03 11:51:40 AM
www.the-rocketman.com

gadget-reviews.org

Who needs hills?
 
2009-03-03 12:22:17 PM
was the Dumbass tag home from work for a snow day?
 
2009-03-03 12:30:45 PM
Ricky Bobby says it's all good. "If you ain't first, you're last".
 
2009-03-03 01:00:38 PM
this happened to some kids i knew down the street from me. except with a van. and all the roads were iced over so they couldn't send an ambulence. spoiled brats deserved it. their parents were the first in texas to own a civilian hummer.
 
2009-03-03 01:08:34 PM
my sister almost died in an accident like this one in the 70s. Course she was around eight years old, not 42.
 
2009-03-03 01:19:16 PM
Next door to my house is a big empty field. It's got a nice gentle slop towards a flat area, perfect for sledding. In the middle of this flat area is a little stream that flows like a mad river in the spring and trickles in the summer so its a deep cut in the ground. Once you clear said stream there is a hill that goes up at a 45 degree angle covered in trees. You have to climb up on hands an knees to get to the top. When I was a youngen a group of older kids took a chain saw and cleared a path through the trees and left those that were too big to move in the path. So you were going down a steep slope, trees on either side and you stood a good possibility of ending up in the drink at the end of the trip from being launched in the air by hitting these log jumps. I almost broke my left leg twice, my right arm three times and came away with more cuts, bruises and cases of near hypothermia from getting soaked in the stream that I can remember.
 
2009-03-03 01:31:39 PM
Just how is that a "freak accident?" Are they referring to her as a freak that had an accident? Must be because there was nothing else freakish about colliding with a car when SLEDDING INTO A STREET.

Morans. The whole lot.
 
2009-03-03 01:36:16 PM
wylkyn: Growing up in Massachusetts, it was the cornfield across the street that we used for the toboggan. The plan to stop was "roll off the toboggan before you reach the trees at the bottom of the hill!" I was 5 and I knew that tumbling on the icy snow was better than slamming into a tree.

What the hell was she thinking?


this!
i came here to say that. just roll off the damn sled instead of hitting the "_____". durrrrrrrr.
 
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