oh dear, I was reading through myfeeds earlier today when I heard a loud (really loud) crash/bang and looked out the door (open ranch slider) to see my neighbours car being shunted down the road.
This 92 year old man had not seen my neighbours car parked on the side of the road and drifted (not in the Fast & Furious sense) into it. Thankfully my neighbours were not in it at the time. The gentleman got out of the car to see check the situation etc, by this time, myself, the couple from a car travelling behind who had seen the incident, and several other neighbours were trying to ascertain if he and his wife were okay. They were obviously shaken but had no apparent injuries and both said that they were fine. We were concerned about shock though and its impact on the elderly and a neighbour called the ambulance anyway. The impact was enough to knock the lower dentures out of the wife's mouth and because she was in shock, it took awhile for her to realise it. Thankfully ambulance arrived quickly as the old man had a small seizure just as he was climbing into it for a basic check up.
I was impressed at how collectively we dealt with it, cups of tea and deck chairs were produced (before the ambulance arrived), all the broken class and debris from the road was swept up, his car and my neighbours car were pushed out of the way of traffic, we rang the Insurance company on his behalf etc. Even my neighbour (who owns the car) and who missed the accident, was first concerned about the couple, even though she is uninsured and can't afford a set back like this.
When he was in the ambulance, I caught his eye and gave him the thumbs up sign - meaning, I'm sure everything will be okay, I hope it didn't come across as flippant, I felt as soon as I had done it, it could be construed as 'woo hoo a seizure'
I really feel for this old man, he was born in 1915 - imagine the things he has seen, he had a RSA key chain (meaning he served in WWII). I hope that he is okay. I feel sorry that he may lose his licence - I certainly don't see him being able to tow his caravan back down to Christchurch - Christchurch is 423 kms away and over a mountain pass - they were here on holiday and have been towing their caravan up here for the holidays every summer since the early 1970s. (I live down the road from a large holiday park). Losing ones licence very much impacts on ones independance and I imagine it is more keenly felt at that age.
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