Unbelievable. A 93-year-old man in Florida recently killed someone with his car, then continued to drive around town with the body still on his windshield. OK, why is a 93-year-old man driving a car? I hate to sound “ageist”, and I know this is Florida we’re talking about, but come on. As we age, there’s a point where our minds and bodies aren’t always doing the same thing. If you’re driving around with a dead body on your windshield and you don’t even know it, maybe it’s time to turn in those keys, hmmm? I don’t know what Florida’s laws are, but given the heavy elderly population there, maybe they oughta consider definite age limits for driver’s licenses. This guy hadn’t been tested since 2003! Yes, it’s a shame that driving was the one thing he could still do and enjoy…but is it worth risking people’s lives?
ST. PETERSBURG – A 93-year-old motorist struck and killed a pedestrian Wednesday evening, then drove about 3 miles with the body lodged in the windshield until he was stopped at a Sunshine Skyway tollbooth.
The driver told officers he thought the body had fallen from the sky, said St. Petersburg police Officer Mike Jockers.
“He had no idea he had been involved in an accident,” Jockers said. “He doesn’t totally understand what happened.”
The crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. when the 52-year-old pedestrian attempted to cross 34th Street S from east to west near 46th Avenue S, witnesses told police.
The pedestrian made it across two of the southbound lanes before he was hit by a 2002 Chevy Malibu, which was traveling about 45 mph, police said.
The impact severed the pedestrian’s lower right leg, which remained in the street. His head and arms went through the windshield, while the rest of his body flipped up onto the roof of the car, Jockers said.
“The driver continued southbound, as the eyewitness said, like nothing happened,” Jockers said.
OK, this is officially the most depressing story I’ve seen all month. It’s bad enough that these old folks had to flee their nursing home before Hurricane Rita showed up, but for the bus to explode on the freeway and burn most of them to death…it’s just so horrible and random.
WILMER, Texas — A bus ferrying nursing home residents away from Hurricane Rita caught fire and exploded Friday while stuck on a gridlocked highway south of Dallas, killing as many as 24 people.
Early indications were that mechanical problems, possibly with the vehicle’s brakes, sparked the fire, which was then fed by explosions of passengers’ oxygen tanks, Dallas County sheriff’s spokesman Don Peritz said.
Authorities believed 24 people were killed, but that number could change, Peritz said. The medical examiner’s office was still working to determine the number.
The bus was carrying 38 residents and six employees of the Brighton Gardens nursing home in Houston to another home in Dallas owned by its parent company, Virginia-based Sunrise Senior Living.
Usually when something like this happens, people ask, “Why would God allow such a thing?” Some people in my office are asking this question, while others are chalking it up to God’s Will™ and leaving it at that. It’s interesting to watch how people deal with such nasty news. I don’t ask this particular question anymore, because I’m not sure God (or whatever) causes every tragic death in the world. Sometimes shit just randomly happens to people. Except for homosexuals, of course…they clearly deserve it. 😛
A group of bluehairs in Tucson (land of my birth) calling themselves the Raging Grannies have been pestering a local recruiting office in an attempt to get shipped off to Iraq. They’re against the war and want to take the place of their children and grandchildren who are currently stationed over there. It sounds like they’re just trying to make a point, but I think they’re actually serious about wanting to go to Iraq…they would go if there was a chance in hell they could get away with it. The idea is absurd, of course, since they’re far too old to enlist. And now that they’ve been turned away (and charged with trespassing), they’re going to go directly to the Pentagon and ask to be let in.
Elderly members of a US anti-war group called the “raging grannies of Tucson” are due in court following a protest at an Arizona military recruitment centre.
They have been accused of trespassing after entering the centre earlier this month, saying they wanted to enlist.
The group, mostly women in their 60s and 70s, said they wanted to go to Iraq so their grandchildren could come home.
Now, as ridiculous as I think the war is, I have to side with the recruiting spokeswoman quoted in the story: these ladies should not be pestering the recruiting office because they don’t set the policy, they’re just doing their jobs. However, going to the Pentagon will also get them nowhere because they don’t care about what anti-war people are saying or trying to prove. They simply don’t care, and neither do any other hawkish types in office. Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters clogged the streets of major cities around the world to demonstrate against this war, and the President still wouldn’t pay attention or admit that he lied. These ladies aren’t going to get anywhere with an administration which selectively ignores many of its citizens, but I’ll gladly watch them try!