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(NBC Washington)   70-year-old drives 7 miles on DC trail before striking an 80-year-old woman walking to the same farmers market   (nbcwashington.com) divider line
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2746 clicks; posted to Main » on 03 Dec 2022 at 4:38 PM (8 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-12-03 4:40:54 PM  
When I lived in Bethesda, I used to walk that stretch of trail all of the time. Never saw a car on it, but there were plenty of Lance Armstrong wannabes who would try to run you down.
 
2022-12-03 4:43:22 PM  
Apple Maps strikes again
 
2022-12-03 4:44:08 PM  
People over 65 should need to take drivers practical tests every 5 years. Yes, that should include me in 6 years.
 
2022-12-03 4:52:29 PM  
The driver hit a woman in her 80s walking on the trail near the Bethesda public pool, police said. Her injuries are not life threatening and she is out of the hospital, police said.

Some 80 year olds break a hip and fall.  This one takes a hit from a ton of moving metal and calls it a draw.  Drink your milk people.
 
2022-12-03 4:52:52 PM  
To be fair, it's certainly a road-like trail in some parts:

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But not for seven whole miles. If you drove seven miles on that trail, someone needs to take your license away and look into putting you into a home.
 
2022-12-03 4:56:24 PM  
and that's terrible
 
2022-12-03 4:59:49 PM  
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2022-12-03 5:01:04 PM  
Gary Condit?
 
2022-12-03 5:02:58 PM  
All the paths around here have posts and other stuff to block motor traffic like cars from even getting onto the path.  WTF?
 
2022-12-03 5:05:33 PM  

CheatCommando: When I lived in Bethesda, I used to walk that stretch of trail all of the time. Never saw a car on it, but there were plenty of Lance Armstrong wannabes who would try to run you down.


My nephew almost drowned in Lance's pool during a party and from what I understand Lance did the opposite of trying to run him down, and then there is the whole "attempting to cure cancer" thing.  Anyone who wants to be Lance Armstrong is trying to save lives, even if they may be a dick personality-wise.
 
2022-12-03 5:09:32 PM  
Sounds like something out of the latest Indiana Jones film.
 
2022-12-03 5:12:22 PM  
We have a trail like that in my town. People occasionally get confused and drive on it

Drivers tests every ten years
 
2022-12-03 5:13:02 PM  
Maybe put up something at the entrances that cars can't get thru. Just an idea.
 
2022-12-03 5:16:36 PM  
Automatic revocation of drivers license at 65.  And if they don't have a driver or public transit they can access, automatic relocation to a retirement camp city where they can live ve out their days with public transportation or work from pod work.

Have the government seize their property, if they own it, and auction it off, which pays any back taxes they owe and goes towards their life in the retirement city.

In the center of the retirement city have a Going Home Megaplex where they can go home with dignity and a personal IMAX show.

Problems solved.
 
2022-12-03 5:17:49 PM  

NotARocketScientist: People over 65 should need to take drivers practical tests every 5 years. Yes, that should include me in 6 years.


I'll see your five and raise you to two years.
 
2022-12-03 5:18:18 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: Automatic revocation of drivers license at 65.  And if they don't have a driver or public transit they can access, automatic relocation to a retirement camp city where they can live ve out their days with public transportation or work from pod work.

Have the government seize their property, if they own it, and auction it off, which pays any back taxes they owe and goes towards their life in the retirement city.

In the center of the retirement city have a Going Home Megaplex where they can go home with dignity and a personal IMAX show.

Problems solved.


THIS!!!
 
2022-12-03 5:18:53 PM  

Lsherm: To be fair, it's certainly a road-like trail in some parts:

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But not for seven whole miles. If you drove seven miles on that trail, someone needs to take your license away and look into putting you into a home.


I imagine he entered it in Georgetown where the trail sort of grows out of the West end of Water St. I can see making that mistake for a few hundred yards but not seven frikkin' miles! Isn't there a tiny bridge at some point?
 
2022-12-03 5:20:10 PM  

CheatCommando: When I lived in Bethesda, I used to walk that stretch of trail all of the time. Never saw a car on it, but there were plenty of Lance Armstrong wannabes who would try to run you down.


Between senile old drivers and douchey cyclists I think I'd rather take my chances with the geezers.
 
2022-12-03 5:20:52 PM  

NotARocketScientist: People over 65 should need to take drivers practical tests every 5 years. Yes, that should include me in 6 years.


I wouldn't be averse to making all drivers test every five years.
 
2022-12-03 5:22:28 PM  

SpaceyCat: All the paths around here have posts and other stuff to block motor traffic like cars from even getting onto the path.  WTF?


That would only serve to cause elderly motorists to drive motorcycles.
 
2022-12-03 5:23:40 PM  

Walker: Maybe put up something at the entrances that cars can't get thru. Just an idea.


This is likely where the driver entered:

https://goo.gl/maps/UzCNAs4B2NgALps66

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It's where the trail begins in Georgetown, and is at the end of a dead-end street. I'm pretty sure those gates aren't locked in position, so if anybody opened them for any reason, they probably just remained open for days.

Though, if that's where he entered, and he got 7 miles all the way up to Bethesda, it means he drove through at least one narrow tunnel and across several pedestrian bridges, which mostly are unlikely to be designed to accept the weight of a car.
 
2022-12-03 5:27:55 PM  

Lsherm: To be fair, it's certainly a road-like trail in some parts:

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But not for seven whole miles. If you drove seven miles on that trail, someone needs to take your license away and look into putting you into a home.


Yeah, if he drove 7 whole miles - north from DC into Bethesda - he drove a long damn way, and you'd have to be awful confused. There'd be intersections with roads, places he could have tried to get off, or stopped at. If he'd gotten on by accident and got too far in to back up out before he realized it's crazy to go seven miles. Wild stuff.
 
2022-12-03 5:30:57 PM  

wxboy: Walker: Maybe put up something at the entrances that cars can't get thru. Just an idea.

This is likely where the driver entered:

https://goo.gl/maps/UzCNAs4B2NgALps66

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It's where the trail begins in Georgetown, and is at the end of a dead-end street. I'm pretty sure those gates aren't locked in position, so if anybody opened them for any reason, they probably just remained open for days.

Though, if that's where he entered, and he got 7 miles all the way up to Bethesda, it means he drove through at least one narrow tunnel and across several pedestrian bridges, which mostly are unlikely to be designed to accept the weight of a car.


This is the bridge I was thinking of - not my photo, I looked it up online. It's near-ish to Sibley hospital where the CC trail crosses the C&O Canal. The farker's lucky his car didn't collapse it entirely, leading to a totally different Fark headline!


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2022-12-03 5:35:03 PM  

mongbiohazard: Lsherm: To be fair, it's certainly a road-like trail in some parts:

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But not for seven whole miles. If you drove seven miles on that trail, someone needs to take your license away and look into putting you into a home.

Yeah, if he drove 7 whole miles - north from DC into Bethesda - he drove a long damn way, and you'd have to be awful confused. There'd be intersections with roads, places he could have tried to get off, or stopped at. If he'd gotten on by accident and got too far in to back up out before he realized it's crazy to go seven miles. Wild stuff.


From Georgetown, there aren't really any easy places to exit if you're in a car until basically where he ended up. It's all bridges and tunnels over and under roads until that point. There are some opportunities at access points, but no level crossings like a crosswalk until where he wound up.
 
2022-12-03 5:37:53 PM  
Dude discovered the one amazing trick for avoiding DC traffic.
 
2022-12-03 5:38:53 PM  

NotARocketScientist: People over 65 should need to take drivers practical tests every 5 years. Yes, that should include me in 6 years.


They do something like that here, don't remember the specifics but I think after 75 it's every year
 
2022-12-03 5:44:08 PM  

NotARocketScientist: People over 65 should need to take drivers practical tests every 5 years. Yes, that should include me in 6 years.


I would say every year, but no chance. Old people vote.
 
2022-12-03 5:44:11 PM  

Moniker o' Shame: SpaceyCat: All the paths around here have posts and other stuff to block motor traffic like cars from even getting onto the path.  WTF?

That would only serve to cause elderly motorists to drive motorcycles.


That should sort itself out quickly
 
2022-12-03 6:02:49 PM  
at least she wasn't armed with a deadly weapon.
 
2022-12-03 6:05:00 PM  

Walker: Maybe put up something at the entrances that cars can't get thru. Just an idea.


This.

I arrived at the American Falls in Niagara, early one foggy, frozen morning. Was there to see the frozen Falls. 3:30, 4:00 am. Did I mention the fog? I ended up driving on the walkway. The ice was so thick it was up to the bench seats. And I was driving on it. I can conjure up a pretty good panic attack if I think about the "what ifs" too much. Since there were no barriers, I did eventually find an out. Thought for sure I was punching my last ticket there. One false slide and I was a goner. 
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2022-12-03 6:06:39 PM  
I've posted before about the book There Are No Accidents. The author's friend was killed on a New York bike/walking path by a drunk driver who had entered the path in his car. They didn't enhance the potential vehicle entrances to the path until years later, after another man used a vehicle to commit an act of terrorism.
 
2022-12-03 6:16:30 PM  
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2022-12-03 6:33:10 PM  
Why are so many of you farkers hypothesizing about where this guy drove on the trail? Read the article, it clearly says

Police said more devices will be installed along the Dorset Road entrance to the trail by the end of the year.

It looks like this

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2022-12-03 6:36:36 PM  

wxboy: Though, if that's where he entered, and he got 7 miles all the way up to Bethesda, it means he drove through at least one narrow tunnel and across several pedestrian bridges, which mostly are unlikely to be designed to accept the weight of a car.


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2022-12-03 6:42:00 PM  

Bslim: THIS!!!


Mr. Lim (I don't know you well enough to just call you BS...
 
2022-12-03 6:48:34 PM  

the unabomber was right: Why are so many of you farkers hypothesizing about where this guy drove on the trail? Read the article, it clearly says

Police said more devices will be installed along the Dorset Road entrance to the trail by the end of the year.

It looks like this

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TFA said he entered the trail in DC. All of the access points they mention improving are in MD (and not by a small distance). TFA also says he drove 7 miles on the trail, which is most of its length.
 
2022-12-03 7:09:38 PM  

Bslim: THIS!!!


You know, it is near the end of the year, and I just wanted you to know, I really do appreciate you.  Not a snark comment.  I really do.  Thank you.
 
2022-12-03 7:19:30 PM  

NotARocketScientist: People over 65 should need to take drivers practical tests every 5 years. Yes, that should include me in 6 years.


I think ALL drivers should take a driving test every 2 years.  Far too many people just don't understand how to drive properly i.e., watch how people treat Yield signs for on ramps.  Even better watch what happens when a stoplight-controlled intersection loses power.  The privilege of driving is taken for granted way too much here.
 
2022-12-03 7:27:37 PM  
One nice sunny summer day, I (and hundreds of other people) were on the Stone Arch Bridge that crosses the river in Minneapolis. We all had to dodge out of the way of the smiling geezer driving through.
 
2022-12-03 7:43:38 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: Automatic revocation of drivers license at 65.  And if they don't have a driver or public transit they can access, automatic relocation to a retirement camp city where they can live ve out their days with public transportation or work from pod work.

Have the government seize their property, if they own it, and auction it off, which pays any back taxes they owe and goes towards their life in the retirement city.

In the center of the retirement city have a Going Home Megaplex where they can go home with dignity and a personal IMAX show.

Problems solved.


Hell if they had that I wouldn't wait till retirement. I would volunteer beg to be shipped off to camp.
 
2022-12-03 7:49:00 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: Bslim: THIS!!!

You know, it is near the end of the year, and I just wanted you to know, I really do appreciate you.  Not a snark comment.  I really do.  Thank you.


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2022-12-03 9:07:58 PM  
Is there any other country on earth so lunatic that a person can get hit by a car on a pedestrian trail inside a park?
 
2022-12-03 9:11:15 PM  

Gaythiest Elitist: NotARocketScientist: People over 65 should need to take drivers practical tests every 5 years. Yes, that should include me in 6 years.

I would say every year, but no chance. Old people vote.


Geezers not only vote they run both major political parties.
 
2022-12-03 10:32:01 PM  

Lsherm: To be fair, it's certainly a road-like trail in some parts:

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But not for seven whole miles. If you drove seven miles on that trail, someone needs to take your license away and look into putting you into a home.


A narrow, 1-car-width road with no markings except lines in the middle... What street looks like that in the DMV area? Maybe if it were in rural Kentucky or Ireland (minus the benches). There  arebenches close on the sides and limited intersections with crosswalk stripes.

/Used to ride that somewhat regularly
//nah, it does not look like a road
 
2022-12-04 2:56:20 AM  

Bruscar: Is there any other country on earth so lunatic that a person can get hit by a car on a pedestrian trail inside a park?


What sort of hell-hole must they live in where they aren't shot before something like this could happen?
 
2022-12-04 6:02:05 AM  
In my in laws home town in Germany, when you realize you shouldn't drive any more, you can be paired with a local high school and a driving teenager will drive you around on your errands.  The teen earned community service points ( ?) and Oma got to do her shopping. Mind you, my husbands Oma was in her 80's and never drove a car in her life and walked everywhere, so for the first time in her 8 decades on earth, took a lift for groceries.

None of this would fly in 'Merica.
 
2022-12-04 1:35:14 PM  

Bruscar: Is there any other country on earth so lunatic that a person can get hit by a car on a pedestrian trail inside a park?


I take it you've never driven in South America, Africa, or India.
 
2022-12-04 3:01:39 PM  

ElFugawz: Lsherm: To be fair, it's certainly a road-like trail in some parts:

[Fark user image 850x637]

But not for seven whole miles. If you drove seven miles on that trail, someone needs to take your license away and look into putting you into a home.

A narrow, 1-car-width road with no markings except lines in the middle... What street looks like that in the DMV area? Maybe if it were in rural Kentucky or Ireland (minus the benches). There  arebenches close on the sides and limited intersections with crosswalk stripes.

/Used to ride that somewhat regularly
//nah, it does not look like a road


The guy's 70. When he was growing up, roads probably looked like that even in the DMV.
 
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