Car crash witnessing blamed on buying quilting fabric

After work today, I went to the Columbus Day sale at JoAnne Fabrics. I spent about an hour gathering my goodies, standing in line and politely arguing with the sales clerk. We won’t go into that, because it will just raise my blood pressure.

Coming home, I witnessed first-hand a bad car accident right in front of me. An 85 (almost 86) year old man turned in the intersection and hit a young lady who was alone in her vehicle, doing nothing wrong. He thought he had a green light and could turn left, but actually couldn’t.

Everything seemed to happen in slow motion. I saw him pull out, saw her coming, and his car clipped the front passenger corner on her car. She spun around, went up over the curb, hit a sign post (a pretty big one) and ended up on the grass in front of a hardware store a friend of mine owns. His airbags went off, which meant he couldn’t see where he was going. He also ended up going in front of the store, but a lot further than she did, and his car hopped over another curb and onto the grass. I pulled in the other driveway to the store, turned the car off and ran to his car. His door had popped open, and he was sitting there stunned. He swung his legs out, and we could see blood seeping through his pants on one knee. He pulled his pant leg up, and his kneecap had been pushed around his leg to the side. It was already very swollen. He was stunned, and wondered what had happened. He said he’d never been in an accident or gotten a ticket. He was found to be at fault, but did not get a ticket. The girl was not hurt, but her car was totaled. Had I not gone for fabric, I wouldn’t have witnessed this accident.

NOTE: The car above is not her actual car. I was not goofy enough to pull out my camera phone and snap a photo. Way too tacky!

The event shook me up. The elderly gentlemen is the same age as my father, and I worry about him driving all the time. As the child of an elderly parent, how do you determine when to take the car keys away? I dread that decision.

Someone please do it for me. I don’t want this to be my dad…


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6 thoughts on “Car crash witnessing blamed on buying quilting fabric

  1. Oh my goodness! Perhaps this old gent will now hang up his keys and leave them there….My father, 72, gave up his keys 2 years ago now… I was very happy he volunteered them himself. He did know for a few years that we were uncomfortable with his driving, but my mother, 65 now, didn’t seem to mind if he only drove in daylight hours…Friend of mine has a step father, 92, that is still driving. He will not listen to her, and his 8 children will not say anything. mo matter how much my friend talks to them about it….But then, his children also never do any of the Christmas cooking for his 86 year old wife either…nor do they ever do the dishes for her…whacked!!!

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  2. That is a tough decision to make. I did not have to make that for either my parents or my auntie, so I can’t help you out. Does your state make the driver go into the office to retake the exam? Is it soon enough to do any good?

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  3. Next time you visit your dad, try to arrange a short trip where he drives and you ride along. Then you’ll have a better idea as to whether he is doing all right. If not, you can talk to him AFTER you get home and tell him the things you noticed.Remind him that the cost of a few taxi rides would be a lot less than the cost of injuries, and probably less than the car insurance he pays.Good luck.BTW, the clerks at my local Joann’s are very kind and helpful.

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  4. My dad lives just five minutes from me. I can keep watch over him until he’s on the road. In our state (Michigan), I don’t think the elderly are required to take driving tests. I think they should be required of EVERYBODY at least every ten years.

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  5. I think here in Britain it is a requirement that all those over 70 take a regular driving test… don't quote me on that >G< I fully understand your anxiety though. Fortunately, although my mum finally passed her driving test at the age of about 54 she moved to Spain just after so never did get to go driving properly. She is now 76 nearly 77 and won't ever be driving a car... driving us nuts but not a car, lol.

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  6. We faced that challenge and it was terrible. My father-in-law wouldn’t stop driving even though his doctors and everyone else kept telling him he needed to stop.He kept bumping into things. (Walls, parking posts, other cars, etc.) When this happened every time he drove, we had to step in.He kept fighting us until we told him that we were going to call the DMV and insist they give him a driving test. (It was a bluff…the DMV wouldn’t do anything.)It was a sore spot that never quite healed, but at least he didn’t kill himself or anyone else driving.

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