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(Philly Burbs)   Senile 81-year-old tells cops he went to the mall, but can't remember when or where along the way he hit a pedestrian. Cops ask anyone recently run down by a light blue Taurus to get in touch   (phillyburbs.com) divider line 33
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2012-10-11 09:59:20 AM
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2012-10-11 10:16:58 AM
I thought it was a law that it had to be a late model Buick, preferably with a fake convertible top and a handicap placard hanging from the rear view mirror.
 
2012-10-11 10:17:49 AM
Get off the farking road, fogies.
 
2012-10-11 10:20:19 AM
I'd check at the farmers' market.
 
2012-10-11 10:21:30 AM

SkittleBrau: I thought it was a law that it had to be a late model Buick, preferably with a fake convertible top and a handicap placard hanging from the rear view mirror.


Must have a Florida license plate and a flashing left turn signal.
 
2012-10-11 10:22:43 AM
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2012-10-11 10:23:43 AM
I love how "they'll take him for a drive to see if anything jogs his memory."

If I had been driving erratically, my car had evidence of me hitting a pedestrian (like, I dunno, BLOOD on my car), and I claimed I "may" have hit something "but couldn't recall what or when or where", I'd be in jail for leaving the scene of an accident, and possibly vehicular manslaughter.

I'm getting really sick of old drivers getting a pass because "they're old". You don't have to throw them in jail but for the love of god take his license away forever. You ABSOLUTELY CANNOT say that this person IS NOT a danger to others on and off the road. Sickening.
 
2012-10-11 10:24:42 AM
Victim was probably a deer. They don't make a habit of calling 911.
 
2012-10-11 10:26:30 AM
When I read a story like this, I imagine him driving with this song blasting...

In the mood, that's what he told me
In the mood, and when he told me
In the mood, my heart was skippin'
It didn't take me long to say "I'm in the mood now"

Ba dah dah, ba dah dah, dah, dah-dah!!!!
 
2012-10-11 10:26:54 AM

SkittleBrau: I thought it was a law that it had to be a late model Buick, preferably with a fake convertible top and a handicap placard hanging from the rear view mirror.


You forgot beige. It's always beige.

And really, why do old people like those fake, fabric tops. Was there a time that people were actually tricked into thinking that was a convertible? And was the disappointment of "hey, a convertible! Oh, wait. Nope." a desirable effect?
 
2012-10-11 10:28:56 AM

DECMATH: Victim was probably a deer. They don't make a habit of calling 911.


Maybe the deer was wearing a toupee?

FTFA:

Police sent the evidence Wednesday to the New Jersey State Police forensics lab, which rushed the testing results and confirmed that the hair is from a human, authorities said.

...although the 'rushed test results' may be to blame.
 
2012-10-11 10:31:09 AM
The fake convertible tops are put on cars that had screwed up roofs from the factory. The car company could either pay to fix it or add an $1,800 'option'.

My grandfather was like that. They lived on a 350 acre farm in Kansas. 40 years prior they had moved from one side of the farm to the other so they'd be closer to a passable road. He was alway trying to sneak out of the house to 'go home' to the old house, which wasn't there anymore, usually in pajamas and house slippers when it was around freezing. A few times he'd get hung up in brush and they'd have to cut him out.
 
2012-10-11 10:34:45 AM

grinding_journalist: I love how "they'll take him for a drive to see if anything jogs his memory."

If I had been driving erratically, my car had evidence of me hitting a pedestrian (like, I dunno, BLOOD on my car), and I claimed I "may" have hit something "but couldn't recall what or when or where", I'd be in jail for leaving the scene of an accident, and possibly vehicular manslaughter.

I'm getting really sick of old drivers getting a pass because "they're old". You don't have to throw them in jail but for the love of god take his license away forever. You ABSOLUTELY CANNOT say that this person IS NOT a danger to others on and off the road. Sickening.


I don't think they were giving him a pass so much as trying to find an injured person on the roadside before they bled to death.
 
2012-10-11 10:40:02 AM
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2012-10-11 10:43:44 AM

you have pee hands: I don't think they were giving him a pass so much as trying to find an injured person on the roadside before they bled to death.


So the incident happened, was discovered by police, reports written up, tests on the hair done, and the newspaper story written and posted and they still haven't done that? Something tells me the person he hit isn't still going to be where he hit them, unless they're dead, in which case there's no need to hurry.
 
2012-10-11 10:45:10 AM
WHERES THE COUNTRY KITCHEN BUFFET??
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2012-10-11 10:49:04 AM

grinding_journalist: So the incident happened, was discovered by police, reports written up, tests on the hair done, and the newspaper story written and posted and they still haven't done that? Something tells me the person he hit isn't still going to be where he hit them, unless they're dead, in which case there's no need to hurry.


Well the "taking him on drives" may have happened before the newspaper story were written up. Clearly by "trying to jog his memory" they're trying to find the scene of the accident since they have no idea where this guy hit someone.

I'm sure he'll get arrested, not that he'll know the difference.
 
2012-10-11 10:50:28 AM

grinding_journalist: I love how "they'll take him for a drive to see if anything jogs his memory."

If I had been driving erratically, my car had evidence of me hitting a pedestrian (like, I dunno, BLOOD on my car), and I claimed I "may" have hit something "but couldn't recall what or when or where", I'd be in jail for leaving the scene of an accident, and possibly vehicular manslaughter.

I'm getting really sick of old drivers getting a pass because "they're old". You don't have to throw them in jail but for the love of god take his license away forever. You ABSOLUTELY CANNOT say that this person IS NOT a danger to others on and off the road. Sickening.


I agree with this one thousand percent. One hundred percent agreement in light of the given incident would be for the weakly committed.
 
2012-10-11 10:51:59 AM
He probably hit someone holding drugs or something. Obviously they didn't want to deal with authorities.
 
2012-10-11 10:57:26 AM

kokomo61: DECMATH: Victim was probably a deer. They don't make a habit of calling 911.

Maybe the deer was wearing a toupee?

FTFA:

Police sent the evidence Wednesday to the New Jersey State Police forensics lab, which rushed the testing results and confirmed that the hair is from a human, authorities said.

...although the 'rushed test results' may be to blame.


Hopefully,this incident will turn out to be not as bad as it could have been.
 
2012-10-11 11:09:53 AM
:CSB:

In the mid-90's in Oklahoma City, I was working alongside a 4 lane road. We had signs, cones and an arrow board set up to notify traffic about a project ahead.

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As I was standing there (in the grass) talking to the crew, I noticed a car in the lane closest to us coming on strong. (I believe the speed limit was 50 or 55mph). He'd barreled over the cones and, without wincing, slammed right in to the arrow board (over 1000lbs) - sending fragments, batteries, wheels and tires everywhere - nearly hitting us with flying junk.

He kept on trucking like nothing happened. Never hit the brakes... nothing.

I jumped in the truck and chased his ass down to a Shell station up the road that he pulled in to ahead. It was an old geezer driving a new Lincoln Continental. He pulled up to the pumps, got out and started pumping gas - with the front of his car and windshield completely thrashed.

I told him that he just rammed the arrow board and asked if he was okay. He had no recollection of the event. I had to call the PoPo to come get the old guy.

:/CSB:

/Don't know what happened to him, but I learned that old people + cars = bad news.
 
2012-10-11 11:25:47 AM

PallMall: :CSB:

In the mid-90's in Oklahoma City, I was working alongside a 4 lane road. We had signs, cones and an arrow board set up to notify traffic about a project ahead.

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As I was standing there (in the grass) talking to the crew, I noticed a car in the lane closest to us coming on strong. (I believe the speed limit was 50 or 55mph). He'd barreled over the cones and, without wincing, slammed right in to the arrow board (over 1000lbs) - sending fragments, batteries, wheels and tires everywhere - nearly hitting us with flying junk.

He kept on trucking like nothing happened. Never hit the brakes... nothing.

I jumped in the truck and chased his ass down to a Shell station up the road that he pulled in to ahead. It was an old geezer driving a new Lincoln Continental. He pulled up to the pumps, got out and started pumping gas - with the front of his car and windshield completely thrashed.

I told him that he just rammed the arrow board and asked if he was okay. He had no recollection of the event. I had to call the PoPo to come get the old guy.

:/CSB:

/Don't know what happened to him, but I learned that old people + cars = bad news.


Are you sure that didn't happen in Atlanta? I thought metro Atlanta was the only place where people drive like that.
 
2012-10-11 12:03:58 PM

Lunaville: Are you sure that didn't happen in Atlanta? I thought metro Atlanta was the only place where people drive like that.


I'm sure it happens all over the place. That was merely the first time I'd seen it first hand.
 
2012-10-11 12:11:46 PM
What the hell is an 81 year old doing behind the wheel of a vehicle anyway? At some point, we're going to have to admit that mandatory yearly testing after a certain age is a good idea.
 
2012-10-11 12:31:20 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: What the hell is an 81 year old doing behind the wheel of a vehicle anyway? At some point, we're going to have to admit that mandatory yearly testing after a certain age is a good idea.


I'm willing to do this now....it's not me you need to convince. You need to talk every politician into not taking money (or ignoring) the AARP aka one of the strongest lobbying bodies in the country.  You know...not because it's true but because it discriminates.

/I say you start testing every 5 years at 50, every 2 years at 60, and every year at 70.
 
2012-10-11 12:38:35 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: What the hell is an 81 year old doing behind the wheel of a vehicle anyway? At some point, we're going to have to admit that mandatory yearly testing after a certain age is a good idea.


At some point we're going to have to admit that investment in public transportation is more humane than consigning people above a certain age to shut-in status.
 
2012-10-11 01:06:56 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: What the hell is an 81 year old doing behind the wheel of a vehicle anyway? At some point, we're going to have to admit that mandatory yearly testing after a certain age is a good idea.


Some 90 year old people can do just fine. Other 60 year old people are completely incompetent.
I agree regular testing is needed, though.
 
2012-10-11 01:41:44 PM
It happens unfortunately, Many years ago, when I was about 12, we went to visit my grandparents and they offered to take us to their favourite restaurant. My grandfather was going to drive there and we'd follow in our car as there wasn't enough room for everyone in either car. A little over an hour later, after seemingly going up and down every street in the city, he remembered where the restaurant was, drove there and parked. Then acted surprised to see us when we pulled alongside and got out of the car.

/please let that Alzheimer's vaccine work out
 
2012-10-11 02:40:50 PM

Lunaville: The My Little Pony Killer: What the hell is an 81 year old doing behind the wheel of a vehicle anyway? At some point, we're going to have to admit that mandatory yearly testing after a certain age is a good idea.

At some point we're going to have to admit that investment in public transportation is more humane than consigning people above a certain age to shut-in status.


Wait... what? Is this a rational statement on Fark? Or did I make a wrong turn at Albuquerque?
 
2012-10-11 07:56:34 PM

Smoky Dragon Dish: Lunaville: The My Little Pony Killer: What the hell is an 81 year old doing behind the wheel of a vehicle anyway? At some point, we're going to have to admit that mandatory yearly testing after a certain age is a good idea.

At some point we're going to have to admit that investment in public transportation is more humane than consigning people above a certain age to shut-in status.

Wait... what? Is this a rational statement on Fark? Or did I make a wrong turn at Albuquerque?


If so, you need to stay off the field.

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2012-10-11 10:29:49 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: What the hell is an 81 year old doing behind the wheel of a vehicle anyway? At some point, we're going to have to admit that mandatory yearly testing after a certain age is a good idea.


Wrong, wrong and wrong. Mandatory re-testing in order to renew a driver's license needs to happen for ALL DRIVERS, regardless of age. Besides the fact that making re-testing age-dependent would get thrown out in the very first court case it appeared, no legislator would ever touch that third rail.

They won't touch my idea either, but there are plenty of crappy drivers of all ages; not just the geezers. Re-testing all drivers every four or five years would do a whole lot to stop urban sprawl, would do a lot to get more public transit usage and would actually force people to DRIVE instead of doing every other stupid thing they do while behind the wheel.
 
2012-10-12 06:59:12 PM
I am actually amazed that people are so GOOD at driving. I mean most people can't walk around in a crowd without bumping into others, most people can't do well in a video game, a lot of people are not coordinated or lack attention. Yet, for the amount of traffic barreling around at 50+ MPH it is amazing how little accidents we have.

I think it must be because driving is a mostly one-dimensional problem with occasional two-dimensional awareness needed. The human brain (even the weakest among us) can apparently handle this fairly easily with processing to spare for texting, doing makeup and fiddling with the radio.

Anyone agree? I mean if you looked at people walking around in mall would you really think you could give them all cars and have it result in anything except a major disaster?
 
2012-10-12 08:01:14 PM

jabelar: I am actually amazed that people are so GOOD at driving. I mean most people can't walk around in a crowd without bumping into others, most people can't do well in a video game, a lot of people are not coordinated or lack attention. Yet, for the amount of traffic barreling around at 50+ MPH it is amazing how little accidents we have.

I think it must be because driving is a mostly one-dimensional problem with occasional two-dimensional awareness needed. The human brain (even the weakest among us) can apparently handle this fairly easily with processing to spare for texting, doing makeup and fiddling with the radio.

Anyone agree? I mean if you looked at people walking around in mall would you really think you could give them all cars and have it result in anything except a major disaster?


In the States, our roads tend to have well-painted lane markings, well-defined edges and some modicum of traffic law enforcement. Take any of those away and things change, if Italy's 100mph airport taxis and Africa's traffic free-for-alls (including idiots on motorbikes going the wrong way on roundabouts) are any indication. :)
 
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