Jaine *
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driving = independance

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.


about 13 years ago 0 likes  23 comments  0 shares
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Awww... that's a terrible thing to happen! Your neigbours did the right thing by calling the ambulance. Post-car-accident shock can be detrimental. I was in a car accident this year, and I thought I was ok, but really, I wasn't; my hands were shaking and my heart was rapidly beating (even two hours after the accident). I couldn't sleep that night either. Time is the best remedy. Did the couples end up going to hospital for any Xray scans? I do hope the elderly driver is covered with comprehensive insurance, or else... I feel for your neighbour; it might end up in court. First things first, I hope the couple recovers soon. Like you, I wonder what's going to happen with the caravan. No car... Possibly No licence, or perhaps, a big chance NO licence... hmm... he might need to find a friend to drive it up there. This situation makes me thing about a show I watched on TV a few weeks ago, "How Safe Are Elderly Drivers,"... Hmm... makes me wonder. I know seniors in their 80s who drive better than me (I suck at driving), but then again, I have encountered older drivers who are not safe on the roads (i.e. they fail to give way, fail to indicate...)... Hmm...
about 13 years ago
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he did have insurance and provided his details to me for my neighbour whose car it was, and yes the ambulance took them to hospital - it had to really after he suffered the seizure.
about 13 years ago
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that's terrible to lose the licence, esp at that age.=( hope the elderly is fine! *finger cross*
about 13 years ago
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hope he will be ok soon~and he wont misunderstand your meaning your comfort^_^ hope i ll get my lisence this winter vacation~^_^
about 13 years ago
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Thank God everyone is okay. All of you were so caring to make sure the couple was okay. Perhaps this is a gentle wake up call for the driver that he should not be driving anymore. Maybe he can ride a tricycle to maintain a certain level of independence.
about 13 years ago
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Poor old guy. He must've been frightened out of his wits.
about 13 years ago
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That must have been terrifying for them ~ I hope you can learn if they are going to be okay and let us know. Two years ago next month, my Jeep was rear-ended at a stop light. A passenger van changed lanes without realizing the traffic was stopped in the lane she changed to ~ she rear-ended a large pickup truck, pushing it into the back of my Jeep ~ impact was enough to bend the Jeep's rear bumper. >.< Thankfully, there were no serious injuries. ^^
about 13 years ago
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I know alot of people complain about elderly drivers and admittedly some can be very dangerous but so are young ones, especially 'boy racers'. If an elderly person still has all their faculties, I see no problem in letting them drive, and I can sympathise with the gentleman if he loses his license, I know my father felt it was a loss of independence when his condition meant he was not allowed to drive anymore. Also I think the way you and your neighbours rallied around was brilliant. Like many questions such as 'What would you do in a Fire?' Or ' What would you do if you were frightened?' they can't be answered until we are in a situation of panic or shock...Adrenaline takes over us at such times. I hope the gentleman keeps his license., and that was very sweet how your neighbour was more concerned for the couple's safety then her car
about 13 years ago
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poor grandpa n grandma....im sure even if they take the license away, theyll be happy to have been safe...but ur right about their independence being hindered by its lose. and since you were nice and helpful to them before they left, your thumbs up would not have been misunderstood as flippant. also, i was gonna say what jeanne said.young or old, there will be both good and bad drivers.so lets hope he keep his license a bit longer.=)
about 13 years ago
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Accidents happen to people of all ages. It's always hard for me to understand how people can hit a parked car or anything else not moving in the line of traffic. But he may lose his license if he's retested for vision let alone other things. My mom's 86 and just before Thanksgiving she left my house and headed home (about 17 miles) just at dusk. Well she made a wrong turn and just kept going, for 3-1/2 hours till she got a flat and some high school kids helped her out. She refuses a cell phone so we had everyone out looking for her including the police. It must've scared the hell out of her because she hasn't driven since then. We installed a GPS tracking system in her car and now she doesn't drive! Sometimes with a scare like this the person makes the choice of giving up driving by themselves. "seizure woo hoo" - you're too funny
about 13 years ago
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92 years old and still driving... wow. You are such a great person : ) I hope they are fine.
about 13 years ago
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I am always so glad to hear how a community comes together like they did in your situation. I think most people start out wanting to do the right thing. When my aunt lost her license (she was in her 80s) it really impacted her. Unfortunately in her situation it shouldn't have happened but bureacracy doesn't look at each individual situation as they should. She also lived in a small town where there were no taxis. So it really changed her life. Thank you for sharing with us because it reminds us of all the great people in the world who really want to do the right thing. thank you JeanneHartman @ ActorsDetective.
about 13 years ago
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Oh, wow. I hope the couple are doing okay now. Reminds me of the "success" ad by AMP.
about 13 years ago
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My goodness. Elderly drivers are a big issue in the US. Truthfully, I'd prefer my 78 year old grandmother not drive. And my other grandmother has had her license revoked--she was truly a menace to society (God bless her).
about 13 years ago
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Hmm, interesting. This incident shows the importance of how the world can come together even in a crisis when things are done with love and care. Your neighbours were wise to have placed consideration for the elderly couple's safety first above all else, and it was wonderful you did the same. Money is only secondary as I've always said, for it can be easily found again, but lives we cannot. Luckily everyone was ok. If only the rest of the world we lived in looked at things the same way.... Talking about driving, at Heathrow Airport in London they are planning to install driverless passenger cabs soon to ferry people between the car parks and the airport > http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7148731.stm. Maybe its time we need such technology, so such accidents can be avoided in future
about 13 years ago
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Hmmm, I hope everything turns out okay for all involved... it must have been quite a shock for both the driver and your neighbour!
about 13 years ago
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It's a good thing no one got hurt in this case and definitely nice to hear how the collective banded together to look after the old gent until the ambulance arrived. At 92, he probably has seen things you and I have only read about. It's sad to think that he may lose his license but it may be best for his own safety and the safety of others that he's off the road. Hopefully he might find another means to get around.
about 13 years ago
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its good to know he is back in his caravan jaine.still hope he will not lose his license but would stop driving for his own safety.And stop worrying about the thumbs up,okey?
about 13 years ago
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Don't you guys have rules about disturbing a "crime scene" before the cops show up? Cleaning up glass and debris...tsk tsk. Just kidding! I think under the circumstances the neighborhood did the right thing...caring for the driver and his wife. However, he is a danger to himself and others to be on the road. In Washington state (USA), driver's who have a history of seizures must be 6-months seizure-free before being allowed to drive again. In California it's 18 months seizure-free. It's true he will lose his "independence" if his license is revoked, but it is better than taking an innocent life.
about 13 years ago
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poor couple~i am sorry to hear he may lose his license .however,they are lucky to have so many warm -hearted neighbours.^8^
about 13 years ago
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about 13 years ago
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That was so nice of you all to take care of the couple. We have a similar rule about seizures here, except one must be seizure free for at least a year. That happened to one of my friends when she was only in her 30's, but she got her license back ok. I'm one of those who believe elderly people need to be tested for vision & reflexes as well on a yearly basis. Unfortunately a great aunt did cause a fatal accident when she drove past the time she should have. A motorcyle was riding down the road, not speeding or anything, but she pulled her big car out of her driveway because she didn't see or hear him & he died. Her license was finally taken away a long time after it should have been.
about 13 years ago
worry not.. trust he felt your comforts. really heartwarming to see the community comes together when things happen..
about 13 years ago


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