Skip to comments.Woman Driver Backs Into 7 People, Kills 3, Injures 4
Posted on 02/07/2014 1:01:56 PM PST by nickcarraway
A 79-year-old woman mistakenly backed into seven people in a parking lot with her SUV, killing three of them and injuring four.
The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release Wednesday that Doreene Landstra of Palmetto has been ordered to appear in court next month after receiving a citation for improper backing.
(Excerpt) Read more at emirates247.com ...
Guess more SUV “control” legislation is needed, or, ban them outright.
She ONLY got a CITATION for BAD BACKING UP!! HOW is this fair or right??? This happened not far from us and I have heard NOTHING more than this!!!
Also thought it was kind of strange that a 79 yr. old woman was driving an SUV! Very hard to get into one.
I ALWAYS try to park in a pull through spot.
Maybe if she killed 10...
“”Sugar Creek Country Club, a mobile home community””
from mobile to immobile in one shot
The state flag of Florida should be just a steering wheel with a hat and two knuckles on it....What is the age that old people reach when they decide, when they back out of their driveway, they're not looking anymore? You know how they do that? They just go: "Well, I'm old and I'm coming back. I survived - let's see if you can."
-- Jerry Seinfeld, I'm Telling You For The Last Time
Have you opened your mail yet?
Anyways, Saudi Arabia just said the are changing their plans to allow women to drive soon...
I think we need much more stringent guidelines for elderly drivers at the DMV. Of course I will never have a problem with my driving. All that said, prayers to the families of those affected and the driver who has to live with this.
About 2 years before my dad died, we had to take his car away from him. He got to the point he would pull out without looking and driving very poorly. He was a menace to everyone.
No kidding. Should have been for “Extremely Awful Backing Up” at least!
Not to make fun, it’s manslaughter, multiple counts. Just that “Bad Backing Up” sounds like a citation that should be in a cartoon.
headline shouldn’t be focused on”woman”, should be focused on “elderly”.
Let me guess, without clicking on the link: the car just suddenly malfunctioned, she was driving correctly.
Well, the good news is, she got ALL 7!
Backed into 7, got ‘em all.
I’m not saying a word about women drivers.
I could tell similar stories about my 5'2" grandfather and his Buick LeSabre. When my folks were forced to take away his keys, he didn't relinquish them quietly.
Manslaughter at LEAST!!! I really don’t understand this at all.
Part of the problem is that many of these elderly drivers, because they’ve always driven and never used alternate transportation like using transit or taken a cab, believe that they would become prisoners in their home in absent of being able to drive.
My father started using transit about 15 years before he had to give up driving and the transition was relatively easy for him because of it.
Has she contacted the Geico lizard yet?
She must have been pedal to the metal in reverse.
A ticket? Not involuntary manslaughter even? We’re missing something here.
They usually do become prisoners.
Manslaughter for a 79 year old lady? Where’s the “sarc” tag?
Seriously, the idea that whenever something bad happens, somebody has to go to prison, is really corrosive to our individual liberties. It’s an old lady who didn’t intend to hurt anyone, who probably shouldn’t be driving any more. Sad that this happened. But not criminal by any stretch of the imagination.
SUV Control..we need SUV control..for the children
It’s because of inadequate preparation. You shouldn’t wait to get to the point of that level of decline before you start to consider other options. You should really start to take those options well before you need them, even if only for small things.
Well, I did say involuntary, for one. Secondly, were talking about actual violations of peoples natural rights, not “something bad”. Not saying she should be locked up, but a ticket seems absurd.
probably thought she was hitting the brake.
No. What would be corrosive to the liberties is not applying the law equally to everybody. This is not a case where she was hit by another vehicle and she careened into a small crowd or that she hit an icy road and slid into them.
She either didn’t have the capability of backing up slowly and coming to a halt when she realized that she was backing into some people or she chose to not exercise that option. A capable driver would have been able to stop in time to prevent harm to those people, because he would have been in control of his vehicle at all points of travel as you are obligated to do under the law.
The only way this would not be a prosecutable is if it could be shown that she was completely clear and the group suddenly jumped out behind her.
The fact that she, for the very unfortunate moment, was not in complete control of her vehicle. By definition, as I understand the law and I’m not saying that my understanding is complete, it’s negligent homicide that the prosecutor should be looking at, because she should have known that something bad could happen if she didn’t take the time she needed to ensure that she backed up safely.
“I ALWAYS try to park in a pull through spot.”
Me too, esp. since I got into a fender bender backing up in my local grocery store lot.
This woman must have been moving at a high speed to have caused such damage.
Never get between a woman her food consumption...;-).
Never get between a woman and her food consumption...;-).
There is no such thing as “negligent homicide.”
For a criminal prosecution, you must prove that she intended to harm people. She did not. This is, quite simply, an accident caused by a frail older woman.
If you start locking people up for negligently causing accidents, you better get yourself fitted for an orange stripe uniform, and everyone else, too. Nice police state, you got there.
Good thing she wasn’t DUI......
In the States, it’s comparable to manslaughter. When you do something that you should have known could have deathly consequences, but chose to do it anyway and something terrible happens, it’s a prosecutable offense.
It’s not a police state to charge somebody with a legitimate charge if they’ve done something to warrant that charge. A police state charges people for non-existent offenses, not legitimate ones.
Indeed. My mother had to trade hers in for a smaller vehicle, because she had a hard time getting in.
do they come with elevators these days?
It's the Emirates. Islamic misogyny and all that.
Not that I know of.
What are these things? Nothing by those names exists anywhere near where I live.
4 strikes, 3 spares. Hopefully, and I know I am mixing my sports, she is OUT, of the driver’s seat.
Seriously though, prayers for all.
We are facing this with my husband’s father.
It took me a bit to look at the date of the post you replied to and realize it was
A YEAR AGO!
This sounds like a terrible accident, that’s all. I’ve known several women who had repeated accidents backing up in a Suburban because they just could not get used to the limited visibility, sitting so high in such a large vehicle. They all hated driving them, but their husbands wanted them for hauling a boat.
I had to go back and re-read the posts on this thread. I am still saddened at how easily some people will gladly lock up anyone for what is an unfortunate accident. Yes, the outcome was tragic. But that doesn’t mean you have to put someone in jail or subject them to criminal charges.
And there is a lot of ignorance of the law out there, too.
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