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Police: 93-year-old drives with body on windshield
Associated Press ^ | October 22, 2005 | Associated Press

Posted on 10/22/2005 2:10:25 PM PDT by twippo

ST. PETERSBURG -- A 93-year-old driver apparently suffering from dementia fatally struck a pedestrian, then continued driving through a toll booth with the man's body on his windshield, police said.

Ralph Parker of Pinellas Park drove for 3 miles Wednesday night after striking the 52-year-old pedestrian with his gold 2002 Chevrolet Malibu, severing the man's right leg, police said.

A toll taker on the Sunshine Skyway saw the body stuck through Parker's windshield and notified police, Traffic Homicide Investigator Michael Jockers said.

Authorities did not identify the pedestrian.

Parker was hospitalized overnight with minor scrapes, and was expected to be taken to an elder care facility, Jockers said.

Charges were not likely to be filed, because Parker did not appear to know what had happened, where he was nor the correct date, said Bruce Bartlett, chief assistant in the Pinellas-Pasco County State Attorney's Office.

"He may have somewhere in his mind have realized it was a crash, but immediately forgot about it," Jockers said.

Police took Parker's license, which he renewed in 2003.

"That was the one thing he had, to get in his car and just drive for the sheer enjoyment of driving," Jockers said. Parker lived alone after his wife died in 1998, according to authorities.

A spokesman for the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said the agency would conduct its own inquiry into whether Parker, who otherwise had a clean driving record, should have had a license.

Seniors age 80 or older must pass only a vision test when renewing a Florida driver's license.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: drivers; elderly; floriduh; justdamn

1 posted on 10/22/2005 2:10:31 PM PDT by twippo
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To: twippo

The story is from Wednesday and Boortz talked about it on Friday.

This is old news.


2 posted on 10/22/2005 2:11:56 PM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: twippo

"Charges were not likely to be filed, because Parker did not appear to know what had happened, where he was nor the correct date"

Yet, he was perfectly able to get into his car, start the ignition, put the car into "drive" but has no idea what happened. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...............


3 posted on 10/22/2005 2:15:55 PM PDT by jdm
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To: PeteB570
The story is from Wednesday and Boortz talked about it on Friday.

This is old news.

Well I didn't read it on Wednesday and didn't hear Boortz on Friday so it's new to me. Sheesh....

4 posted on 10/22/2005 2:17:51 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: twippo
Charges were not likely to be filed, because Parker did not appear to know what had happened, where he was nor the correct date, said Bruce Bartlett, chief assistant in the Pinellas-Pasco County State Attorney's Office.

I'll have to remember that next time I'm pulled over with a body through my windshield.

Now where was I...oh yes, I'm thinking that I'll have to remember this one next time I'm pulled over for having somebody sticking out of my windshield.

...Damn, now what was I going to say? I know I hit the reply button for some darned reason. Oh yeah! Now I remember. Next time I'm pulled over for having somebody hanging out of my windshield, I ought to take a page from this guy here and say I don't remember nothing....

...Now what was it this thread was all about? Something about some old guy driving with a body through his windshield. Oh yes! I'll have to remember that next time I got some moron hanging out of my windshield....

5 posted on 10/22/2005 2:20:32 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (What Would Howard Roarke Do?)
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To: twippo
"That was the one thing he had, to get in his car and just drive for the sheer enjoyment of driving..."

I doubt the guy who got creamed enjoyed the old man's driving.

6 posted on 10/22/2005 2:20:56 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY (Back at sea on my sixth gator)
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To: twippo
I like my version of a body on the windshield better. Much happier story.
7 posted on 10/22/2005 2:23:21 PM PDT by GregoTX (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: tsmith130

Don't worry about it...this board has a fair number that get that "power jolt" by pointing out duplicate threads, etc.


8 posted on 10/22/2005 2:26:24 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Like a midget at a urinal - stay on your toes...)
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To: twippo

Also in FL, yesterday or the day before, an eighty something year old lady hit the gas when she was in reverse and plowed into and Albertson's door. Then she tried to "fix" it and floored it forward, hitting three cars in the parking lot. She said "maybe I should stop driving now." No injuries reported.


9 posted on 10/22/2005 2:27:02 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: jdm
Yet, he was perfectly able to get into his car, start the ignition, put the car into "drive" but has no idea what happened. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...............

I don't see why this is so hard to believe. For some people, cognitive decline might mean they lose their short-term memory while keeping all their long term memory.

They still remember everything they've learned in the past, before they lost their short-term memory, but new memories are impossible.

They can't tell you what happened even 5 minutes ago.

10 posted on 10/22/2005 2:28:01 PM PDT by mc6809e
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To: ErnBatavia

Somebody already posted earlier how there are a fair number of busybodies around here who get on a "power trip" by pointing out duplicate threads, etc.


11 posted on 10/22/2005 2:29:01 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (What Would Howard Roarke Do?)
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To: twippo

"A spokesman for the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said the agency would conduct its own inquiry into whether Parker, who otherwise had a clean driving record, should have had a license.

Seniors age 80 or older must pass only a vision test when renewing a Florida driver's license."

When I got my FL license renewed, an 80-ish lady was in front of me in line. The official asked her to step onto a marked area so they could test her vision, and she COULD NOT SEE THE LARGE PAIR OF FOOTPRINTS DRAWN ONTO THE FLOOR MARKING WHERE SHE SHOULD STAND! Shockingly...they GAVE HER A LICENSE. I was outraged...even asked the DMV weenie how he could determine if she could see or not.

His answer? A frown and a shrug, a non-answer. Gee, thanks, Florida!


12 posted on 10/22/2005 2:36:57 PM PDT by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: goresalooza

Considering that "Seniors age 80 or older must pass only a vision test when renewing a Florida driver's license", it's only incredible that this doesn't happen more often.


13 posted on 10/22/2005 2:46:44 PM PDT by twippo
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To: SamAdams76; ErnBatavia

"Somebody already posted earlier how there are a fair number of busybodies around here who get on a "power trip" by pointing out duplicate threads, etc."

And then there are those of us that love to do nothing more than to continue to embarass the busybodies by being the third person to point out their rudeness. *Smirk* :)

I agree. Old people in cars are dangerous, especially in the great numbers that are concentrated in FL or AZ, etc.

Granted, they're still not as dangerous as my 18 year old son who is still tenuously holding a valid Wisconsin Driver's License, but I can always hope he forgets to pay a parking ticket or something and loses the "privledge" to drive until he's THIRTY years old or so. I know I, as well as other Wisconsinites, would sleep better at night. ;)


14 posted on 10/22/2005 2:57:32 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: twippo

If he had been driving an SUV the headline would have read "SUV strikes pedestrian the drives 3 miles before stopping".

Oh, by the way, this has been posted before. Just thought you'd like to know. ;^)


15 posted on 10/22/2005 3:01:25 PM PDT by saganite (The poster formerly known as Arkie 2)
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To: twippo

Man I swear here in Florida we have nutjobs like this one driving all the time.
Pretty crazy really. I mean loads of bluehairs driving blind, with demintia, alzheimers, and just plain old and crazy.
Lots of fun.


16 posted on 10/22/2005 3:04:49 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: twippo; SamAdams76; All

This post reminds me of a joke,( that I put on the other thread) and I can't remember the comic's name who did it to give them the credit.....

"When I die, I want to die quietly in my sleep, like my grandfather, and not screaming hysterically like the passengers who were riding in his car........."


17 posted on 10/22/2005 3:08:55 PM PDT by musicman
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
OK, Diana -- I fess up to being an Arizonian, now -- indeed, a transplant from Coronado.

And, I suffer from acute dementia while driving on the Parkway at 60 MPH, heading to my poker table at the Flamingo.

But, I make it a habit to "nail" only Democrats, And, so far have a 4.0 record; 11 Liberal turkeys down -- and only 65 Million to go!

I generally try to put the victims in the trunk after the roadkill, however, just to keep things tidy and shipshape until I can unload the flotsam in a dumpster. Only one through the windshield so far.

Slick Willie is on the list -- along with Boxer and Schumer. But, I may have to live a little longer in order to bag those slime-balls. Patience, old man.

See you later. Going to gas up my car as soon as I can find my teeth. *S*

Happy Weekend, all.
18 posted on 10/22/2005 3:09:31 PM PDT by dk/coro
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To: dk/coro

As long as you're only hitting Dims, carry on! ;)


19 posted on 10/22/2005 3:12:21 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: synbad600
A spokesman for the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said the agency would conduct its own inquiry into whether Parker, who otherwise had a clean driving record, should have had a license.

Huh? And guess what. Even if they take his license, he'll just drive without it. Sounds like Grandpa needs to have his car keys taken away from him as well. Has he no family?

20 posted on 10/22/2005 3:14:50 PM PDT by holyscroller (A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him to the left)
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To: twippo
The truly sad part of this story was that the man's son had realized how rapidly his father was failing and was in the middle of a drive down from Idaho to take care of the situation. One wonders if there was something else that could have been done but it is only hindsight that is 20-20.
21 posted on 10/22/2005 3:26:36 PM PDT by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: twippo

What was a pedestrian doing on a toll road?


22 posted on 10/22/2005 3:34:12 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: GregoTX

thats the prettiest bug i ever seen


23 posted on 10/22/2005 3:48:41 PM PDT by catmanblack. (he is the great I AM-)
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To: ErnBatavia
I don't get a power jolt from noting the fact that stuff is old or that something may be the 9th repost of the same article.

It gets a little old wading through the same set of breaking news about every four hours on FR.
24 posted on 10/22/2005 3:55:57 PM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: musicman

I think that was Jack Handey's "Deep Thoughts" series that was on "Saturday Night Live" years ago.


25 posted on 10/22/2005 4:18:05 PM PDT by twippo
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To: saganite

That's why I haven't posted much in the three months I've been here. Information comes out so fast on the web that it's hard to be the first one to get a story out.


26 posted on 10/22/2005 4:28:15 PM PDT by twippo
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To: twippo
"Dang.. another rock hit the 'shield.. hope it didn't put another crack in it..where was I again... where am I now.. what am I ... what are all those shiny lights to the left.. er.. right.. er all over the place".

DWS (Driving while senile.) Sad.

27 posted on 10/22/2005 5:26:57 PM PDT by Steel and Fire and Stone
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To: GregoTX

I want one! No, I mean a pair .. err .. the CAR! That's right, I'm in love with her.... car.


28 posted on 10/22/2005 5:29:09 PM PDT by Steel and Fire and Stone
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To: PeteB570
It gets a little old wading through the same set of breaking news about every four hours on FR.

You're likely unaware that FReep's "Search Thingie", which has always sucked to begin with, is down due to technical probs.

It'd probably be best for you to just chill, read the threads, and resist that itchy trigger finger.

29 posted on 10/22/2005 7:37:31 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Like a midget at a urinal - stay on your toes...)
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To: jdm
Yet, he was perfectly able to get into his car, start the ignition, put the car into "drive" but has no idea what happened. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...............

Having worked Alzheimer's patients, I can believe it. Both that he would get in the car, and that he would not remember the accident.

30 posted on 10/22/2005 8:20:35 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: ErnBatavia

I'm so old that nuthin' itches anymore! Damn !!! *S*

Have a great fall weekkend, Fellow Freepers!


31 posted on 10/22/2005 10:23:35 PM PDT by dk/coro
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To: twippo
93-year-old whose car caused grisly death dies
32 posted on 11/15/2005 7:01:35 PM PST by lunarbicep (A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves Edward R. Murrow)
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To: PeteB570
The story is from Wednesday and Boortz talked about it on Friday.

Boortz lost me as a listener one day early in the week when he was blasting Sarah Palin as unelectable because of the "goof" she made about Paul revere, of course it was Boortz who was wrong, and then blasted anyone who who disagreed that homosexuality was not genetic, completely ignoring the possibility of conditioning as a child and the choice of not acting on one's desires.

Maybe he was just having a bad day but he certainly lost me. I have to change stations to miss him but I will.

33 posted on 06/11/2011 2:01:19 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (I retain the right to be inconsistent, contradictory and even flat-out wrong!)
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To: twippo

“Oh, is that frowned upon here?”


34 posted on 06/11/2011 2:03:59 PM PDT by Yaelle
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