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    Elderly Driver Kills Pedestrian, Keeps Going With Body in Windshield
    Friday, October 21, 2005

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. 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 (search) drove for 3 miles Wednesday night after striking the 52-year-old pedestrian with his gold 2002 Chevrolet Malibu (search), severing the man's right leg, police said.

    A toll taker on the Sunshine Skyway (search) 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.
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    Oldies need to be tested and people with Alzheimer's shouldn't be driving.

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    It's not just elderly. A few years back, a woman hit a pedestrian, and was too scared to stop. He was stuck in her windshield. He begged her to help, but she didn't do anything. She parked her car in her garage and waited for him to die before doing something about the body.

    http://www.phxnews.com/fullstory.php?article=27127

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    That sounds like a Sopranos episode.
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    I think after age 65 all drivers should be required to take a yearly or twice yearly drivers test that tests hand/eye coordination, reflexes, and mental ability. A car can be a very dangerous weapon and if you are not a well off older person than you shouldn't be allowed to drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moocow View Post
    It's not just elderly. A few years back, a woman hit a pedestrian, and was too scared to stop. He was stuck in her windshield. He begged her to help, but she didn't do anything. She parked her car in her garage and waited for him to die before doing something about the body.

    http://www.phxnews.com/fullstory.php?article=27127
    I remember that... What a cold bitch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by moocow View Post
    It's not just elderly. A few years back, a woman hit a pedestrian, and was too scared to stop. He was stuck in her windshield. He begged her to help, but she didn't do anything. She parked her car in her garage and waited for him to die before doing something about the body.

    http://www.phxnews.com/fullstory.php?article=27127
    I remember that one. Huge difference is she knew she hit someone yet left the guy to die in her garage. Good Lord what the hell was she thinking? Oh yeah she was only thinking of herself. This poor elderly man had no idea. Pretty sad all in al.

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