A 100 - year - old man hit 11 people

United States
September 1, 2012 12:25pm CST
i don't know how often that happen, but with a 100 - year - old man still behind the wheel, that sounds a little dangerous to me though. In California, a 100 - year - old man was backing up his car to the street, with hearing problem and seeing problem I guess, he keep on back up his car regardless there were children and parents on the side street too. Some people were shouting at him to stop, and one by one were ran over by his car. That is really scary experience even you read it on the news. I think those elder individual should take some kind of hearing test or seeing test before they can be driving on the street again. What do you think of it?
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
1 Sep 12
Do you have a link to the news article about it? I'd like to post it on my facebook if you do. In any case, that is very sad. I do believe that once you turn a certain age a driver's test or eval should be given atleast once every two years, in this way it is less likely for the eldelry to get into accidents, killing themselves or other people.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
1 Sep 12
I talked to the police about it one day as I knew this lady who had to use a walker ...get out of her car. They said it's almost impossible to get the license revoked. To me they should pass laws that include testing for motor skills etc. How can someone who can hardly walk hit the brake?
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@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
1 Sep 12
I suppose it would take a really bad accident to get it revoked.... Which is really sad.
@owlwings (40029)
• Cambridge, England
1 Sep 12
Here's a link to a rather brief account: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/100-year-old-man-drives-onto-sidewalk-hits-11-people-including-9-children-near-la-school/2012/08/29/4af09ef6-f236-11e1-b74c-84ed55e0300b_story.html
• China
2 Sep 12
I think that's true and in our country we have taken some actions about this problem. It's terrible when i read this news. An di believe it's so dangerous that many things unimagined can happen. I agree with your opinion and in the traffic regulation we will have a long way to go. As we know, in many countries, the driken driving has been listed into law and anyone who breaks it will be punished seriously and even sent to jail. Life is so precious and we should try our best to protect every innocent life. So many people were killed in accidents and we should have saved them from it and now it's the time.
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@freedang (320)
• China
2 Sep 12
i just feel it is amazing,a man who is 100 years old can still drive!i even cannt imagine a man like that can walk. but this does not mean that i agree that,anyway,it is unsafe for himself and other people.someone should stand out and say something about that
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• Philippines
2 Sep 12
i really pity his victim and because of his carelessness and those relatives who care for him should take his key away from him. i had older parents and at the age of 60 they are showing a lot of body deterioration and some mentally. though, at his age of 100 years old with erect body and not slanting and with still a good reasoning. his ability to drive is appreciated though he could also have some defect at his age should not allow to drive if allow should have a companion. state should review the age limit for a driver to renew his license every year at that age his hearing and slow motion could be a factors that would endanger other people. his concern relatives should not allow him to drive and his concern should be the safety of other people as well. older people that is below his age are no longer capable of walking fast and drive alone. they need a lot of assistance and most elderly are confine in nursing home or weal by many illnesses at his age need to retire. as precaution for his own safety and for the safety of other people there should be age limit factor to minor and elderly people limitation when it comes to driving.
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Sep 12
hi kingparker for one thing the people walking behind a moving car were pretty stup d assuming they were safe.never assume and do not walk behind a moving car.also he should have had e yes and hearing tested and also his intellect., if he is senile he is a meance on the street. He will have t be arrested for involuntary manslaughter but fools walk behind a moving car. a pox on both of them.
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@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
2 Sep 12
That's pretty scary indeed. I do think that every so often a person should have to attend some kind of hearing and vision test when they reach a specific age, it might be a hassel for the person but at the same time we need to think of safety also.
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
1 Sep 12
Yes, someone should definitely have noticed that this man was having trouble before this happened. It can't be like he woke up one day and all of the sudden was having trouble hearing and seeing. I'm surprised that he himself thought it was okay to drive. This happened recently here, where someone was parking and they ran over and unfortunately killed a woman who was on the sidewalk. The person was older but I'm not sure if age was a factor.
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@Blondie2222 (22873)
• United States
1 Sep 12
That is horrible, feel bad for those people, hopefully they weren't seriously hurt. But yeah i agree i give him props though for still wanting to do things normal people do at his age but if he can't hear or see he should def not be behind the wheel. They should have it where you have to renew your license at certain ages so they know your ok to be driving and do an eye test at a certain age as well. How did they ever let him continue driving is beyond me. I'm sure his family feels embarrassed for the situation that occurred.
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@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 12
King, seems like nowadays it is very dangerous to walk on the road. We never know when danger strike. Pity to those who got hit by that old man. I think the transport authority must start to be strict to those senior citizen who wants to renew their driving license. They should be tested to make sure that they are still fit to drive on the road.
@Naseem00 (1998)
• Pakistan
2 Sep 12
This is really very sad news. I hope the people were not hit badly. It is also wrong to walk behind a car that is backing up. Yes I agree people should be tested again after certain age for their sight and hearing to make sure they do not hurt themselves or others.
• Philippines
2 Sep 12
Whoa. I have not heard of this news before.I definitely agree that there should those types of tests. Clearly, this man is not fit for driving. And yet, they still issued him a driving license.
@manduri20 (108)
• Uganda
2 Sep 12
i don't think they need the test because they shouldn't drive.
• India
2 Sep 12
Hi friend, sad to hear about this incident, surely this kind of old persons must avoid driving activities, i feel pity for the lost life, i wonder why that old man drive the car? he can ask some others help to drive the car
@shaggin (39611)
• United States
2 Sep 12
Wow that is horrible. If he had no incidents of anything they cant just take his license away just because of his age. But now after this he will lose his licence. I hope that the people didnt die and are ok. If they saw him backing up they should have gotten out of the way but I'm guessing he must have been backing up quickly and they didnt have time to get out of the way. How sad.
@natliegleb (5184)
• India
2 Sep 12
that is totally ridiculous ,its so hard to even imagine,he must have lost his mind and gone berserk anyhow
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
2 Sep 12
You are right! People on their 70's should no longer be allowed to drive, what more a person who is 100 years old! His senses are slowly deteriorating and it is so unsafe not only for him, but for the community as well.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
1 Sep 12
So sad. I haven't heard such kind of news here in our country , a 100 yr old in front the wheel. If he was given/issued a driver's license, how did he managed to pass the test if he has any problem (hearing and sight problem)?