Car slammed by pick-up, driver dies

A 67-year-old man died when he turned into the path of an oncoming pick-up truck early Friday morning. Full Story
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AMT

Caledonia, MI

#1 Apr 11, 2008
Hey WoodTv...
Wanna do a story on the danger of elderly drivers?!

This makes TWO in one day.

Good grief!
steph

Belding, MI

#2 Apr 11, 2008
67 isnt that old their is alot older drivers then that someone passes away and u have to come on here and say stuff like this
Jess

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Apr 11, 2008
Why don't we just think of the family who lost a loved one and not focus on "elderly drivers". Have some compassion.
just reading

Holland, MI

#4 Apr 11, 2008
What do you mean? Yes that is Tragic. But What are you saying? 67 is'nt exactly elderly.
heavily disagrees

Macomb, MI

#5 Apr 11, 2008
AMT wrote:
Hey WoodTv...
Wanna do a story on the danger of elderly drivers?!
This makes TWO in one day.
Good grief!
I'm going to guess this person thinks 67 is elderly because they are about 16?

My sympathies to the family.
Gail in Wyoming

Wixom, MI

#6 Apr 11, 2008
That's a sad story, and 67 is not that old. My prayers are with that family who lost someone, I'm sure, who is special to them.

Since: Mar 08

Lowell MI

#7 Apr 11, 2008
So tragic. My thoughts are with the family.
I think I feel more comfortable with the "elderly", if you think 67 is elderly;), than I do with the teenagers nowadays texting and talking on their damn cell phones.
Elaine

Greenville, MI

#8 Apr 11, 2008
Amen there are ppl of all driving ages that are dangerous with the cells and ppl that just dont pay attention to what they are doing while driving and hasn't anybody ever heard of respecting the elderly any way
old_timer

Syracuse, NY

#9 Apr 11, 2008
AMT wrote:
Hey WoodTv...
Wanna do a story on the danger of elderly drivers?!
This makes TWO in one day.
Good grief!
Hey AMT, 47 years of driving and never a wreck, I think that pretty dang good for being old, I just wish I'd be around long enough when you can say that, matter of fact AMT no tickets in that last 8 yrs, can you even say that?, I didn't think so.
GREGORY

United States

#10 Apr 11, 2008
SEMI TRUCKS Use both lines when turnning right at this enter section! MY QUESTION IS ? WAS THE DODGE PICKUP PASSING THE SEMI TRUCK IN THE ONCOMING LANE? I"AM ONLY 42 & TURN LEFT ON TO M21 5 OR 6 TIMES WEEK AFTER WORK ! AND SOMETIMES HAVE TO BACK UP SO SEMI TRUCKS CAN CLEAR THE CORNER. MY FAMILY WILL MISS U JOHN SR.
AMT

Caledonia, MI

#11 Apr 11, 2008
Actually I am 37, never had an accident or ticket in my 20 years of driving, and just pulled the keys of my 62 year old father, thank you very much. 67 isn't exactly young, and vision and hearing can start to go at that age.

I am a firm believer, and advocate, for road testing all person's that are eligible for social security benefits. That would mean our 67 year old friend here would have had to have been tested.

I mean no disrespect towards the elderly. However, they can and are at times, dangerous behdind the wheel of a car.
old_timer

Syracuse, NY

#12 Apr 11, 2008
AMT wrote:
Actually I am 37, never had an accident or ticket in my 20 years of driving, and just pulled the keys of my 62 year old father, thank you very much. 67 isn't exactly young, and vision and hearing can start to go at that age.
I am a firm believer, and advocate, for road testing all person's that are eligible for social security benefits. That would mean our 67 year old friend here would have had to have been tested.
I mean no disrespect towards the elderly. However, they can and are at times, dangerous behdind the wheel of a car.
in some respects they can be overly cautious and not familiar of the surroundings
which can be confusing.
AMT

Caledonia, MI

#13 Apr 11, 2008
old_timer wrote:
<quoted text> in some respects they can be overly cautious and not familiar of the surroundings
which can be confusing.
Agreed. However, I still fully support road testing for all. Hell, let's not even say elderly and teens. Let's do it every 4 years for everyone, and get all unsafe drivers off the road. My own father's vision started changing in his early 50's and he was 56 before he finally said anything to us. Had he had a road test, with a vision screening beforehand, it might have been caught.
TGS

Grand Rapids, MI

#14 Apr 11, 2008
The pick up truck was not passing the semi, the semi was in the right turn lane and the victim did not wait to see if the other lane was occupied.
Wyoming Bob

Byron Center, MI

#15 Apr 11, 2008
AMT wrote:
<quoted text>
Agreed. However, I still fully support road testing for all. Hell, let's not even say elderly and teens. Let's do it every 4 years for everyone, and get all unsafe drivers off the road. My own father's vision started changing in his early 50's and he was 56 before he finally said anything to us. Had he had a road test, with a vision screening beforehand, it might have been caught.
I DARE YOU TO COME TAKE MY KEYS! AT WHAT AGE ARE YOU GOING TO TURN OVER YOURS? YOU ARE SO FULL OF YOURSELF YOU REEK! AT WHAT AGE SHOULD ONE TURN OVER THEIR KEYS? ELDERLY ? WHAT AGE DOES ONE BECOME ELDERLY? 40?,50?, PLEASE TELL US. I JUST RENEWED MY LICENSE and from WHAT I WITNESSED I AS WELL AS ALL BEFORE ME HAD A VISION TEST.
Wyoming Bob

Byron Center, MI

#16 Apr 11, 2008
BTW AS FAR AS I KNOW HEARING IS NOT REQUIRED TO DRIVE. AND WITH THE LOUD NOISE COMING FROM THE STEREOS OF AUTOS THESE DAYS A LOT OF YOUNGER DRIVERS WONT BE HEARING MUCH LONGER> DRIVING WHILE HEARING WAS IMPARED? NEVER HEARD OF THAT ONE. DRIVING WHILE BLIND THATS A NO QUESTION OBVIOUSLY> BUT ALSO YOU ONLY NEED ONE EYE TO DRIVE THIS I KNOW.You suggested that road test be given at intervals... at whose expense? Hope GRANDMOLE DOESN'T SEE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BILK US OUT OF MORE MONEY!
Tina Ireland

United States

#17 Apr 11, 2008
I would like to take a moment to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to those of you that have defended this great man, and given your thoughts and prayers to this family. You are the real saints in this world..........To all of you that can only say bad things about the gentlemans age and his so called driving skills or abilities......well check this out! This gentleman was the kindest, sweatest person in the world! For you that think just because he was 67 he needed his license pulled your stupid! This man has passed his driving tests and updated his CDL license over the past few years. That's right! He just went back to truck driving after retiring from the state of Michigan. He had to re-certify with passing his driving tests. Not every 67 year old person has failed hearing and failed vision. So before you start be littling the great man that lost his life today maybe you should get all the facts! Maybe you should also know the whole story and wait until results of the final investigation into the accident are in!!! So to defend my friends, family and the man that acted like my father for the past several years, "if you don't have anything nice to say DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL!!!"
Tina Ireland

United States

#18 Apr 11, 2008
TGS wrote:
The pick up truck was not passing the semi, the semi was in the right turn lane and the victim did not wait to see if the other lane was occupied.
TGS a quick question for you? WHERE YOU THERE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT? IF YOU WERE MY FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU IN PERSON TO GET THE TRUE FACTS. If you were not then how do you know the facts?

Please tell us!
Wyoming Bob

Byron Center, MI

#19 Apr 11, 2008
Well said Tina and this week has been one full of tragedy, from very yougn to the aged but it never fails to draw the maggots out to feed on saddness and greif of others with their heartless banter and their know it all attitudes. My families prayers are with your friends families as well as the many many others of this weeks tragedies.
Wisen UP Michigan

Anchorage, AK

#20 Apr 11, 2008
TO ANSWER 'MyWhining Bob':

It should be the financial responsibility of the driver to provide a Physician's Notice of unimpaired ability to operate a vehicle safely; keep yer keys on until the time when this is no longer possible, no driver health test from State necessary. Same as you paying for your own insurance...

One also should be able to HEAR emergency sirens, or someone's horn (& from which direction), as that could also save a life; maybe to warn YOU about a tire or smoke/fire, or that you left your monocle on the trunk, etc...

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