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Car strikes actor Gene Hackman, 81, in Islamorada
South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | January 13, 2012 | Wayne K. Roustan

Posted on 01/13/2012 5:19:16 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

Actor Gene Hackman, 81, was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami on Friday after a car struck the bicycle he was riding in Islamorada, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Hackman was heading southbound near the 88 mile marker on the Old Highway around 3 p.m. when struck from behind by the right front fender of a 2007 Toyota Tundra driven by Kathryn Rodriguez, 60, or Islamorada, FHP Sergeant Thomas E. Pikul said.

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KEYWORDS: entertainment; hackman; hollywood; islamorada
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1 posted on 01/13/2012 5:19:20 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Turns out the guy had just left a showing of “The French Connection”...ironic, huh?


2 posted on 01/13/2012 5:21:38 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Gene Hackman is/was one of my favorite actors.

I was sad when he announced his retirement a few years back.

True to his word, he has not appeared in a film since.

Hope he is not seriously hurt.

3 posted on 01/13/2012 5:23:01 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: gorush

really?


4 posted on 01/13/2012 5:23:46 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: F15Eagle

OK, you caught me...


5 posted on 01/13/2012 5:24:48 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: ConservativeStatement

ISLAMorada????????

File under “Things that make ya go ‘hmmmmm’...”


6 posted on 01/13/2012 5:26:55 PM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: gorush

Ya never know, strange things do happen ...


7 posted on 01/13/2012 5:28:18 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Uncle Ike
File under “Things that make ya go ‘hmmmmm’...”

o.m.g. put down the crack-pipe and go get some fresh air NOW.

8 posted on 01/13/2012 5:29:11 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (Ignorance is no excuse.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
struck from behind by the right front fender of a 2007 Toyota Tundra

A Tundra in Florida? Now that would be funny, if this weren't a sadly common situation.

Because seriously, folks, people driving tanks SUVs have a harder time seeing objects to the side and below of their tanks SUVs. They are therefore much more likely to strike bicyclists, pedestrians, pets ... and children.

No need for a Tundra in Florida. Not if you're just toolin' around town.

9 posted on 01/13/2012 5:29:20 PM PST by shhrubbery! (NIH!)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Ryder Trauma Center

dang capitalist got a hospital named after him.

10 posted on 01/13/2012 5:30:01 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (Ignorance is no excuse.)
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To: shhrubbery!

I have an SUV in Fl. None of your business. I buy my gas...


11 posted on 01/13/2012 5:31:54 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Siena Dreaming

He was one of my favorites too. He was a real working actor and could play just about any part.


12 posted on 01/13/2012 5:32:36 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Uncle Ike
ISLAMorada????????

My first thought, what is he doing over there. My second, when did Gene Hackman get to be 81 years old. Hope he is okay!

13 posted on 01/13/2012 5:32:36 PM PST by World'sGoneInsane (We Can Take OUR Country Back--Perry 2012)
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To: Uncle Ike

“The name Islamorada, meaning “purple island”, came from early Spanish explorers in the area. Its pronunciation has been Anglicized to aisle-a-more-AH-dah.” From Wikipedia


14 posted on 01/13/2012 5:34:07 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: gorush

I saw this note on his IMDB bio page:

2001: Was involved in a road-rage incident when two young men attacked him for hitting their car in Hollywood.


15 posted on 01/13/2012 5:36:26 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Hope he’s going to be okay.

Riding a bike in the Florida Keys is hazardous to your health,


16 posted on 01/13/2012 5:37:02 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> - - -)
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To: gorush

And now we have the Islam (orada) Connection.


17 posted on 01/13/2012 5:37:10 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
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To: World'sGoneInsane

Think Isla Morada...


18 posted on 01/13/2012 5:37:21 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: goseminoles
I knew I would get flamed by SUV drivers. They always get defensive.

But what I said is the truth. Vehicles that were built for off-road driving should stay that way ... i.e. off the road, where the road is your typical urban or suburban street.

You buy your own gas? Great! Gotta keep supplying those OPEC countries with American $$$$.

19 posted on 01/13/2012 5:37:45 PM PST by shhrubbery! (NIH!)
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To: colorado tanker

My favorite Gene Hackman role is the blind hermit in Young Frankenstein. He’s actually a brilliant comic actor.


20 posted on 01/13/2012 5:38:12 PM PST by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: shhrubbery!

I propose a law to ban all SUVs in Florida unless a verified (any form of certified gov’t ID) resident can provide sufficient evidence that a need is required for such a vehicle. If need is not determined to be valid by a panel of seven delegates appointed by the governor, then no vehicle over 1,500 pounds should be allowed.

Does that sound good to you?


21 posted on 01/13/2012 5:38:48 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Uncle Ike; windcliff
ISLAMorada????????

More likely named as a combo of ISLA (Island) & Morada (look out for bicyclist;-) or in this drivers case perhaps "I Slam a rider" would be more appropriate.

22 posted on 01/13/2012 5:39:24 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: ConservativeStatement

Hope the old Marine is okay.

Semper Fi
LH


23 posted on 01/13/2012 5:41:08 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: shhrubbery!

If you’re serious, you’re a moron.


24 posted on 01/13/2012 5:42:45 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: shhrubbery!
Because seriously, folks, people driving tanks SUVs have a harder time seeing objects to the side and below of their tanks SUVs.

Psst.... A Tundra is a pickup truck.

Not if you're just toolin' around town

Some people use pick up trucks to tote their tools.

25 posted on 01/13/2012 5:43:40 PM PST by digger48
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To: shhrubbery!
A Tundra in Florida? Now that would be funny, if this weren't a sadly common situation.

Because seriously, folks, people driving tanks SUVs have a harder time seeing objects to the side and below of their tanks SUVs. They are therefore much more likely to strike bicyclists, pedestrians, pets ... and children.

No need for a Tundra in Florida. Not if you're just toolin' around town.


I thought the Toyota Tundra was a pickup, not an SUV...which would make your complaint a non sequitur.
26 posted on 01/13/2012 5:43:40 PM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: ConservativeStatement

27 posted on 01/13/2012 5:44:18 PM PST by Bobalu (Newt is just the a-hole we need at a time like this)
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To: ConservativeStatement

At least he didn't get run over by one of those tourists.

28 posted on 01/13/2012 5:45:46 PM PST by BlueDragon (on'a $10 horse an' a $40 saddle I'm going up the trail with them longhorn cattle c'm uh ty-yi-yipy-)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Another “elderly” Florida resident driving around aimlessly. Some 60 year olds reach geezerdom status before others.
29 posted on 01/13/2012 5:47:17 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: B Knotts

Hoosiers is my favorite.


30 posted on 01/13/2012 5:48:16 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: shhrubbery!

From personal observation, usually it’s the bicyclist behaving badly, not the car driver. Not that the car driver is particularly innocent, but it’s usually the bicyclist breaking one or more traffic laws to begin with.


31 posted on 01/13/2012 5:50:23 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Siena Dreaming

He is also one of my favorites also. Hope he pulls through.


32 posted on 01/13/2012 5:51:06 PM PST by crazydad
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To: Siena Dreaming

He is also one of my favorites also. Hope he pulls through.


33 posted on 01/13/2012 5:51:06 PM PST by crazydad
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To: shhrubbery!

for the record, a tundra is a pickup truck.

Your prejudice indicates your inability to drive


34 posted on 01/13/2012 5:51:17 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: shhrubbery!

1. Why was he on a HIGHWAY with a bicycle? Bicycles are usally barred from highways.

2. When bicyclists are required to pay registration, insurance, and get annual inspection fees as well as hold a valid license, they may have a point about equal road access. Until then, stay on the damn sidewalk.


35 posted on 01/13/2012 5:52:44 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: digger48

Or, you know, haul things. :P


36 posted on 01/13/2012 5:53:41 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: bert
Pickup truck?


37 posted on 01/13/2012 5:55:47 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: shhrubbery!

Its my choice. Welcome to the USA... I get 13 mpg and pay for it royally.


38 posted on 01/13/2012 5:56:06 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: ConservativeStatement; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; ...
With apologies... to Unforgiven:

Little Bill Daggett: It's been a long time, Bob. You run out of Chinamen?

English Bob: Little Bill, well I thought you was, well I thought that you were dead. I see you've shaved your chin whiskers off.

Little Bill Daggett: I was tasting the soup two hours after I ate it.

English Bob: Well, actually, what I heard was that you got knocked off your bicycle, drunk... of course, and that you broke your bloody neck.

Little Bill Daggett: I heard that one myself, Bob. Hell, I even thought I was dead... 'til I found out it was just that I was in Islamorada.

39 posted on 01/13/2012 5:57:04 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: shhrubbery!

How are you going to get your fishing tackle, coolers, hunting equipment, sport equipment, team mates, families, luggage, and yourself to all those “off road activities” if you can’t drive your SUV on the road?


40 posted on 01/13/2012 5:57:33 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Spktyr

Riding a bike in Florida is dangerous because most of the population is grey haired and barely able to see over the steering wheel...


41 posted on 01/13/2012 5:58:22 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: shhrubbery!

By the way, here are some typical bicyclists that I’ve seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws6wS0tDlIA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuQByrRpbh8

They almost ALL do stupid crap like this. And then they wonder why they get hit. Note: Videos not shot from an SUV.


42 posted on 01/13/2012 5:58:41 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr
I almost took out a few cyclists with my gas-guzzling, F-250 4X4, poor visibility pickup truck when they decided that a stop sign on a county road crossing a State highway did not apply to them.

Even after I came to a screeching halt, they STILL tried to cross in front of me and in the face of another oncoming car.

43 posted on 01/13/2012 5:59:46 PM PST by digger48
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To: Siena Dreaming

I wish Gene Hackman would come out of retirement also. He is one of my all-time favorites. The first movie I remember him being in was Bonnie and Clyde. He was great as Buck Barrow but I thought the woman who played Blanche Barrow stole the film. I hope he has a complete recovery.


44 posted on 01/13/2012 6:00:16 PM PST by nicksaunt
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To: ConservativeStatement

My first thought after reading these comments is, how sad. A great actor has been hurt and all I see are idiotic put downs on SUVs, the elderly, gas usage, and bicycle on roads.

Good show there!


45 posted on 01/13/2012 6:01:09 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected.)
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To: Revolting cat!
That's a Highlander in the pic you posted. This is a Tundra:


46 posted on 01/13/2012 6:01:09 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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47 posted on 01/13/2012 6:02:25 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: goseminoles

Well you have to buy your gas.

They make you pre-pay.


48 posted on 01/13/2012 6:03:20 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Revolting cat!
If I'm not mistaken, that's a Toyota Sequoia.

This is a 2007 Toyota Tundra

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49 posted on 01/13/2012 6:04:26 PM PST by digger48
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To: Spktyr

It is against the law in most places to ride your bikes on the sidewalk. It is likely he was on the shoulder of the road if there was one... When passing a cyclist the standard is give 3ft of clearance if you must pass. Cycling is BIG in Florida and especially in communities that are considered retirement or vacation communities. There are bike lanes everywhere.

What concerns me, as a law abiding cyclist... is that certain folks are really hostile...even if we’re riding in a wide shoulder/bike lane. Some drivers intentionally come close, honk horns, yell out the windows and are generally miserable a-holes to the cyclists. I’ve considered just getting a helmet-cam to get their license plates.

Cudo’s for Hackman for exercising in his senior years. I ride with some guys in their 70’s and they are awesome, long time cyclists.


50 posted on 01/13/2012 6:04:26 PM PST by nagdt ("None of my EX's live in Texas")
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