Scary drive for pregnant woman

Full story: Newsday 62
Danielle Gruttadaurio was a day away from her due date and she was tired of being cooped up at home waiting. Full Story

Since: Jul 08

South Shore of LI

#24 Oct 5, 2008
Crazy Talk wrote:
I'm glad everything worked out. However, as everyone who has ever had a baby knows, YOU DO NOT DRIVE WHEN YOU ARE A DAY AWAY FROM YOUR DUE DATE.
Nor do you talk on the phone, hands free or not, when driving.
Times have changed. My daughter drove to work and home again on the day she gave birth. Her doctor didn't restrict her. As a school teacher she wanted to finish out the year with her third grade class. She missed it by one day but was able to e-mail pictures of the baby to her students on that last day.
Somewhere in CT

Newington, CT

#25 Oct 5, 2008
liner wrote:
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I assume she was either coming from or going to mil's house, as she wasn't mentioned in the article.
The article stated that she was on her way to pick up her mother in law. She should have stayed home-too near her due date. I wonder how many EXTRA minutes her phone cost her for that little deal, that was so unnecessary.
worry about your self

Brooklyn, NY

#26 Oct 5, 2008
Death Race wrote:
Glad she's okay, but she shouldn't have been on the phone.
First of all ... on the phone or not she was hit from behind the truck driver admitted he did not see her also, the phone was actually a good idea so her husband was able to be there for her. Pregnant women have doctor appointments or things to do days after there due date. How are they suppose to get there. Wether they are driving or someone is driving them they still are at risk. Accidents happen. It could have been anyone driving that day next to the truck. So from now on before assuming or making judgements about people, like my niece, keep your opinions to yourself when you don't know the truth.
God bless you Danielle and AJ I love you both!!!
Katerina Katolis

Westhampton, NY

#27 Oct 5, 2008
So glad you two are both okay! Welcome to the world AJ!!
Katerina Katolis

Westhampton, NY

#28 Oct 5, 2008
Why is that people always find a way to pick out the negative in any situation that involves accidents. UM HELLO people they are called "accidents" for a reason. Not for nothing, why can't you all comment on the fact that they both made it ok and there were no tragedies. Thankfully she was on the phone with her husband and he knew what happened so no one was wondering what happened. Pregnant woman have the right to go out and do something...my boss was at work when we went into labor days after her due date. Ignorance is such a horrible thing...but all you people care about is the cell phone law....lets do a little survey. Have any of you ever gone over the speed limit or have any of you drank an alcoholic beverage before you were of age... or smoked a cigarette before you were allowed to by law??? NOOOO because you are all perfect right??? Regardless if she was on the phone or not... the guy would have still clipped her and the accident would have happened.... what is meant to happen is gonna happen. So all you people that have nothing good to say...keep your mouth shut and let the family be happy and enjoy this time with there son.
Ugh you people make me sick.
Get well soon Danyelle and I wanna see pictures of your munchkin!!! xoxoxo
Katerina!
Go figure

Central Valley, NY

#29 Oct 5, 2008
Welcome to LI, kid. The ride is only going to get rougher. Good luck, little man.

Since: Jun 08

Brooklyn, NY

#30 Oct 6, 2008
Realist wrote:
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Death Race usually I find your comments pretty accurate and appropriate but in this incidence you are off the mark. You are blaming the victim... don't you see what is wrong with that ? By the way, the last baby I had the Dr. told me to come to his office on my due date to be checking knowing that I had to drive myself about fifteen miles with my five year old in tow. Pregnant women driving vehicles is standard proceedure in this day and age. Mrs. G was clipped in the rear by the 18 wheeler which I consider aggressive driving. By the way.... I liked your ferret in a party hat picture better!
Thanks for your input about your experience. I know that women donít need all the pampering they did during pregnancy like they did 50 years ago. It is my opinion that around the due date a woman should rest and let hubby drive her around and be ready to take her to the doctor/hospital (the actions I would take). I think your doctor is a fool for telling you to drive yourself.
Just because the truck clipped the back of her car doesnít lay aggressive driving on behalf of the truck driver. It could be that she tried to cut in front of the truck. We really donít know, but Iím going to lump this in with the actions I see every day on the roads where drivers constantly do that and yes, many are also on the phone when they do it. Too many of todayís drivers have a cavalier and ďme firstĒ attitude when driving. It is those drivers who I see on the road that I hope do crash without hurting the innocent. Now before I get jumped on, I donít mean people who do 65-70 in a 55 and stay in their lane. I also donít mean people who use a safe amount of space and signal for a lane change when they do need to get over. How many times have you had someone suddenly cut right in front of you where you damn near clipped their bumper? Trucks cannot slow down on a dime and the driver wasnít ticketed or charged with anything. I also donít see anywhere near as many truck drivers driving foolishly as I do cars.
Her car hitting the guardrail and going 10 feet in the air indicates a high rate of speed most likely by her and/or the truck. Anyone who has driven on that stretch has seen their fair share of excessive speeders.
What really helps me to draw my conclusions and tend to think it is mostly her fault in addition to what Iíve described is the fact that she was on the phone at the time. Although hands free is legal in NYS, it has been determined that it is the conversation that distracts drivers. Itís a different concept than talking to the person in the passenger seat. Letís face it, most calls people make while driving are to pass the time because they find the drive boring and need to flap their lips. Nobodyís calls are so important that they canít wait until the destination is reached. Those who think they are had better sit down and think about it before they crash.
As you can see, the ferret is up and going again. The other picture had a secret purpose. Be well and drive safely.

Since: Jun 08

Brooklyn, NY

#31 Oct 6, 2008
worry about your self wrote:
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First of all ... on the phone or not she was hit from behind the truck driver admitted he did not see her also, the phone was actually a good idea so her husband was able to be there for her. Pregnant women have doctor appointments or things to do days after there due date. How are they suppose to get there. Wether they are driving or someone is driving them they still are at risk. Accidents happen. It could have been anyone driving that day next to the truck. So from now on before assuming or making judgements about people, like my niece, keep your opinions to yourself when you don't know the truth.
God bless you Danielle and AJ I love you both!!!
This is a forum for public opinions including yours. People are at risk at all times and we should all take measures to ensure we are being reasonably cautious.
If you insist talking on the phone while driving is a good idea then so be it, but Iíll bet cold hard cash that had she been paying better attention to whatís going on around her rather than making a call, this never would have happened. Oh, by the way, driving next to a truck is not safe and should be avoided (common sense).
May I ask why her husband or a family member didnít avail themselves to drive her knowing damn well sheís going to be giving birth and had many things to do? Why didnít you offer to help her since you know how busy she would be?
Iím glad she and the baby are doing well, but it seems you didnít offer her a ride or help. Shame on you. Had you helped her out for a few hours this might not have happened. Some aunt you are, huh?

Since: Jul 08

South Shore of LI

#32 Oct 6, 2008
Katerina Katolis wrote:
Why is that people always find a way to pick out the negative in any situation that involves accidents. UM HELLO people they are called "accidents" for a reason. Not for nothing, why can't you all comment on the fact that they both made it ok and there were no tragedies. Thankfully she was on the phone with her husband and he knew what happened so no one was wondering what happened. Pregnant woman have the right to go out and do something...my boss was at work when we went into labor days after her due date. Ignorance is such a horrible thing...but all you people care about is the cell phone law....lets do a little survey. Have any of you ever gone over the speed limit or have any of you drank an alcoholic beverage before you were of age... or smoked a cigarette before you were allowed to by law??? NOOOO because you are all perfect right??? Regardless if she was on the phone or not... the guy would have still clipped her and the accident would have happened.... what is meant to happen is gonna happen. So all you people that have nothing good to say...keep your mouth shut and let the family be happy and enjoy this time with there son.
Ugh you people make me sick.
Get well soon Danyelle and I wanna see pictures of your munchkin!!! xoxoxo
Katerina!
There is no legal age for smoking or drinking. The legal age is for purchasing tobacco or alcohol. How do you know she would still have been hit if she wasn't talking to her husband? May be she would have been aware the truck was approaching her and been able to get away. That's what defensive driving is all about, being able to avoid accidents. A few months ago I was driving on the LIE in Queens and heard squealing breaks behind me. A car was coming directly at me at a high rate of speed so I accelerated and eventually drove onto the grass on the side of the road. The car continued spinning out then flipped a few times and burst into flames. If I were using a phone I would never have heard the car and I might have also died like the driver of the other car.
If it were me I would much rather have gotten a call from the hospital telling me things were OK instead of hearing the accident on the phone.

Since: Jun 08

Brooklyn, NY

#33 Oct 6, 2008
Molly is my name wrote:
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There is no legal age for smoking or drinking. The legal age is for purchasing tobacco or alcohol. How do you know she would still have been hit if she wasn't talking to her husband? May be she would have been aware the truck was approaching her and been able to get away. That's what defensive driving is all about, being able to avoid accidents. A few months ago I was driving on the LIE in Queens and heard squealing breaks behind me. A car was coming directly at me at a high rate of speed so I accelerated and eventually drove onto the grass on the side of the road. The car continued spinning out then flipped a few times and burst into flames. If I were using a phone I would never have heard the car and I might have also died like the driver of the other car.
If it were me I would much rather have gotten a call from the hospital telling me things were OK instead of hearing the accident on the phone.
Molly, that is an excellent point and the exact reason I refuse to make/take calls when driving. Nothing is more important than being alert at the wheel. I'm glad you made the right choice and saved yourself from injury. You're one wise gal.
WORRY ABOUT YOURSELF

Elizabeth, NJ

#34 Oct 6, 2008
Death Race wrote:
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This is a forum for public opinions including yours. People are at risk at all times and we should all take measures to ensure we are being reasonably cautious.
If you insist talking on the phone while driving is a good idea then so be it, but Iíll bet cold hard cash that had she been paying better attention to whatís going on around her rather than making a call, this never would have happened. Oh, by the way, driving next to a truck is not safe and should be avoided (common sense).
May I ask why her husband or a family member didnít avail themselves to drive her knowing damn well sheís going to be giving birth and had many things to do? Why didnít you offer to help her since you know how busy she would be?
Iím glad she and the baby are doing well, but it seems you didnít offer her a ride or help. Shame on you. Had you helped her out for a few hours this might not have happened. Some aunt you are, huh?
OK FIRST THERE WAS A SAND TRUCK TAILGATING THE 18 WHEELER THE 18 WHEELER WAS TRYING TO AVOID THE SAND TRUCK SO LETS ALL GET ONE THING STRAIGHT THE ACCIDENT WAS 100% NOT HER FAULT AND ADMITTED BY ALL. SECOND SHE WANTED TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE SO WHETHER SHE WAS DRIVING OR SOMEONE WENT TO PICK HER UP SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN A CAR. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE HAVE TO JUDGE EVERYONE. HOW ABOUT GETTING A LIFE AND WORRYING ABOUT YOUR OWN. ITS VERY SAD TO THINK THERE ARE PEOPLE ACTUALLY TRYING TO FIGURE THIS OUT RATHER THAN WORRYING ABOUT THERE OWN LIFE. MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO DWELL ON OTHER PEOPLE'S PROBLEMS IN THIS CASE ACCIDENT RATHER THAN THEMSELVES. AND ALL THE WHY'S YOU HAVE HOW ABOUT ASKING YOURSELF WHY DO YOU NEED TO KNOW???

Since: Jul 08

South Shore of LI

#35 Oct 6, 2008
WORRY ABOUT YOURSELF wrote:
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OK FIRST THERE WAS A SAND TRUCK TAILGATING THE 18 WHEELER THE 18 WHEELER WAS TRYING TO AVOID THE SAND TRUCK SO LETS ALL GET ONE THING STRAIGHT THE ACCIDENT WAS 100% NOT HER FAULT AND ADMITTED BY ALL. SECOND SHE WANTED TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE SO WHETHER SHE WAS DRIVING OR SOMEONE WENT TO PICK HER UP SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN A CAR. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE HAVE TO JUDGE EVERYONE. HOW ABOUT GETTING A LIFE AND WORRYING ABOUT YOUR OWN. ITS VERY SAD TO THINK THERE ARE PEOPLE ACTUALLY TRYING TO FIGURE THIS OUT RATHER THAN WORRYING ABOUT THERE OWN LIFE. MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO DWELL ON OTHER PEOPLE'S PROBLEMS IN THIS CASE ACCIDENT RATHER THAN THEMSELVES. AND ALL THE WHY'S YOU HAVE HOW ABOUT ASKING YOURSELF WHY DO YOU NEED TO KNOW???
Even though she was not at fault it doesn't mean she could not have avoided the accident if she were using defense driving skills.
Reno

Houston, TX

#36 Oct 6, 2008
Molly is my name wrote:
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Even though she was not at fault it doesn't mean she could not have avoided the accident if she were using defense driving skills.
Maybe yes, maybe no...we weren't there so we can't say. In any event, I'm glad to hear that both mom and baby are doing well!
DANIELLE

Bronx, NY

#37 Oct 6, 2008
Hi everyone !! Yes this is danielle gruttadaurio and I apologize that you dont' think I should have been driving 1 day before my due date and maybe I was wrong but ... I did ... and I thank God that I am okay but as for the phone ... It's handsfree ... and I needed my husband ... I was in pain ... don't you talk to passangers in your car ? Your perfect ?:(
Heather

Collierville, TN

#38 Oct 6, 2008
To all of you that are wrtiting negative comments that is my sister your talking about...... she is a responsible person and no one deserves this to happen to them... she was on hands free.... how could you people even pass judgement after something traumatic like this.... if you have nothing nice to say .... you shouldnt be saying it at all... I'm just ahppy I still have my sister and a gorgeous healthy baby nephew... Thank you for all the positive comments though.. my family is truly blessed
Doug

Baltimore, MD

#39 Oct 6, 2008
Should have just had a puppy. They can be dropped off, when you get bored with the whole thing.

“NO PLAYOFFS FOR YEARS”

Since: Apr 08

FOR THE POOR G-men

#40 Oct 6, 2008
maybe she was'nt on the phone at all,maybe she was blowing into her boyfriends mic

Since: Jun 08

Brooklyn, NY

#41 Oct 6, 2008
DANIELLE wrote:
Hi everyone !! Yes this is danielle gruttadaurio and I apologize that you dont' think I should have been driving 1 day before my due date and maybe I was wrong but ... I did ... and I thank God that I am okay but as for the phone ... It's handsfree ... and I needed my husband ... I was in pain ... don't you talk to passangers in your car ? Your perfect ?:(
Danielle, glad you and the baby are okay. Iíll repost part of what I said before.

ďWhat really helps me to draw my conclusions and tend to think it is mostly her fault in addition to what Iíve described is the fact that she was on the phone at the time. Although hands free is legal in NYS, it has been determined that it is the conversation that distracts drivers. Itís a different concept than talking to the person in the passenger seat.Ē

Just to let you know, I do not make or take calls when Iím driving. Thereís nothing so important about myself or anything else going on that I need to take my attention off the road and my surroundings to put myself, family, friends, the general public, yourself and your family or anyone else in danger by talking on the phone about BS. If it is so important, pull off the road and spare the rest of us. I do care enough about people I donít even know, to keep myself off the damn phone while driving. Wouldnít it really suck if I ran over your child because I was too involved in conversation? Think about that.

Since: Jun 08

Brooklyn, NY

#42 Oct 6, 2008
Molly is my name wrote:
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Even though she was not at fault it doesn't mean she could not have avoided the accident if she were using defense driving skills.
Ah, like paying attention to the surroundings?

Since: Jul 08

South Shore of LI

#43 Oct 6, 2008
Death Race wrote:
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Ah, like paying attention to the surroundings?
Yup. And thanks for the compliment earlier.

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