Questions remain in wrong-way crash Wednesday in Benicia that claimed the life of woman, 93

Days after his 93-year-old mother was killed in a head-on crash in Benicia after driving the wrong way on the freeway, a Pleasant Hill man said Monday he's still searching for answers. Full Story
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Cliff

Vallejo, CA

#1 Oct 19, 2010
We had to take the keys away from my father.
rockslide2free

Napa, CA

#2 Oct 19, 2010
This is a tragedy that could have been avoided. I don't mean to belittle the loss of ths dear lady, but at 93, she should have had a driver. Just because she could drive didn't mean that she should drive.
Harold

Benicia, CA

#3 Oct 19, 2010
As with everything that ails humans. One minute you're fine and the next, you're not. People who have heart attacks often have them while they're resting with no warning. People with cancer don't know they have it until they start having sypmptoms, which could be years later. Our brains work the same way. They're functional and clear right up until the minute they're not. 93 year olds should not be on the road driving. No disrespect to the elderly, but at 93 almost ANYTHING could happen behind the wheel, and it doesn't matter how "together" you seem. Even Mr. Miller said his mother had her "occasional lapses," which is a good indication that driving should cease immediately. Condolences to Mr. Miller and his family for their loss and a speedy recovery to the victims of this accident. May we all learn from this (again) and may we all be good stewards for the elderly in our lives and make the tough, but necessary decisions that they can not always make for themselves.

Since: Feb 09

Vallejo, CA

#4 Oct 19, 2010
Clearly something happened to the lady. This stuff happens with people in their 90s. She could have had a TIA or mini-stroke, which caused a disorientation. Systems begin to fail and things begin to happen with very old people.

Lucky that no one else was killed.
Vallejo Homeowner

Martinez, CA

#5 Oct 19, 2010
If she turned off 780 onto Fifth St and got into Benicia, it is confusing to find your way back onto the freeway, unless you know the area. And late afternoon puts the sun in your face.

Since: Sep 10

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#6 Oct 19, 2010
Really? Well that "occasional lapse" killed her and could have killed another family, so I'm guessing those "occasional lapses" weren't something to be ignored. Best to have taken the keys from her long ago.

I don't mean to speak ill of the dead, but the poor senile lady should have had a driver.
wholy moley

Vallejo, CA

#7 Oct 19, 2010
Lady Benician wrote:
Really? Well that "occasional lapse" killed her and could have killed another family, so I'm guessing those "occasional lapses" weren't something to be ignored. Best to have taken the keys from her long ago.
I don't mean to speak ill of the dead, but the poor senile lady should have had a driver.
This is what I have said all along, and nobody seemed to take my side.
I believe she should NOT of been driving at that age. Her DMV record was probably never looked at for years, and years. As long as she didn't have a blurp on her record, they nust ignored her age.
Now that her own Son comes up with his own comment on her "occasional lapses" only goes to prove that they knew all along she was not in the position to be driving. I don't care if she was the picture of health. At 93, they have lapse's in judgement, momentary loss of memory, disorientation, impaired vision, unable to re-act quickly etc..etc..
Her Son can pray for the people she hit all he wants, but deep down inside, he knew his mother should not of been driving all over cities, and highways. She should of taken a taxi, or he should of drove her around or she should of taken a buss, etc..etc.

“Learn From Your Mistakes!”

Since: Oct 09

Vallejo

#8 Oct 19, 2010
California and the DMV are way behind in establishing advanced testing of vision and mental skills for the elderly. Simply having not had an accident in the past shouldn't be a pass for continuing license renewal. The decision is left to children, who are not in a position, always, of necessary authority to remove the keys and make clear to the parent that driving cannot continue. Driving is usually the last vestige of "freedom", and is rarely relinquished without a fight. Now, we have a tragedy on several fronts, and it should have all been avoided.

My mother in-laws Dodge began to show tell-tale signs of parking lot misadventures, yellow paint, and then blue. She responded that someone must've run into her while she was parked; either covering, or unaware of the little "whoopsies" going on.

Some legislator in Sacramento needs to step up, and be willing to fight the AARP, or whatever organization gets in the way of reasonable new legislation that advances testing procedures for the elderly. It's past time.
sunny

Saratoga, CA

#9 Oct 19, 2010
Clarke Johnston wrote:
California and the DMV are way behind in establishing advanced testing of vision and mental skills for the elderly. Simply having not had an accident in the past shouldn't be a pass for continuing license renewal. The decision is left to children, who are not in a position, always, of necessary authority to remove the keys and make clear to the parent that driving cannot continue. Driving is usually the last vestige of "freedom", and is rarely relinquished without a fight. Now, we have a tragedy on several fronts, and it should have all been avoided.
My mother in-laws Dodge began to show tell-tale signs of parking lot misadventures, yellow paint, and then blue. She responded that someone must've run into her while she was parked; either covering, or unaware of the little "whoopsies" going on.
Some legislator in Sacramento needs to step up, and be willing to fight the AARP, or whatever organization gets in the way of reasonable new legislation that advances testing procedures for the elderly. It's past time.
Well said and let's also look at increasing the minimum age at which a teenager can get a driver's license. While the elderly may have "lapses" which impair their ability to drive safely, way to many teenagers lack the "maturity and judgement" to drive safely and responsibly and often bow to peer pressure to make imprudent driving decisions.
Another Reader

Richmond, CA

#10 Oct 19, 2010
I have always thought that after the age of 75, all drivers need to renew their licenses with a written and a road test.
mackerel

Carmichael, CA

#11 Oct 19, 2010
Another Reader wrote:
I have always thought that after the age of 75, all drivers need to renew their licenses with a written and a road test.
This would solve the problems I'm having with my own mother.

“Learn From Your Mistakes!”

Since: Oct 09

Vallejo

#12 Oct 19, 2010
sunny wrote:
<quoted text> Well said and let's also look at increasing the minimum age at which a teenager can get a driver's license. While the elderly may have "lapses" which impair their ability to drive safely, way to many teenagers lack the "maturity and judgement" to drive safely and responsibly and often bow to peer pressure to make imprudent driving decisions.
Good points. Many teenagers ascribe to the "No Fear" motto, and that inhabits their driving perspective. Mix in alcohol and other teens, and you've got a recipe for disaster. I know, the young man killed in Novato a couple of weeks back, Isaac Brott, was the son of a dear friend of mine. He was in the back seat of a BMW 740il going north on Novato Blvd. at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control, the car spun into the path of a large tractor-trailer hauling cattle. It all came together tragically: a very fast car, beer, teens, and that "it won't happen to me" perspective. Well, it did.
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In Japan, motorcycles are tested for and licensed by cc/horsepower. One does not start with a 750cc. rocket ZX-7 Ninja capable of going 165mph. One starts with less power and size. Perhaps we should look at the same approach for young drivers here. A Beetle, or a Corolla or a Civic isn't as cool as a 740il, and speed governors could limit the vehicles terminal velocity as well.
FIRETHEMALL

Vallejo, CA

#13 Oct 19, 2010
Shame on all of you!!! Everyone who drives has had some sort of accident or fender bender. Teenagers are the worst drivers. Cell phone accidents are as common as night and day. You are all guilty!!!

I am sorry for the lady and the damage she did to the other party and her kids. No need of going crazy on old people. Most go all their lives without an accident . How many have you had???
Wanglow

Vallejo, CA

#14 Oct 19, 2010
Advocating testing for older people is another step in complete control over OUR lives. The rare circumstance where an older person is involved in an accident is NO REASON to begin forcing all oldsters to submit to government testing. First 75 year-olds then 65 then 55 then YOU will ne next. Keep the government out of our lives. The protection of a few innocent people injured by these geezers is by far a lesser evil than the increasing control of politicians over our personal liberties.
FIRETHEMALL

Vallejo, CA

#15 Oct 19, 2010
Your chances of getting killed by being in the wrong place and time of an ongoing police chase is higher then some old person going the wrong way on the freeway. Life happens. Less Gubberment !
Those that would vote for more Safety over less Freedom deserve NEITHER!!!

Since: Apr 10

Benicia, CA

#16 Oct 19, 2010
If this 97 year old lady had been better scrutinized by the DMV perhaps she would be alive today and enjoying her "personal liberties".
The Corrigan

Benicia, CA

#17 Oct 19, 2010
Same thing happened to me last night. I was on my way to the kitchen and found myself in the bathroom. I hate it when I do that!
Native Vallejoan

Benicia, CA

#18 Oct 19, 2010
I doubt that she crossed the bridge going the wrong way because nobody called the CHP. We're talking 4:30pm. It's busy as hell on the bridge at that time of day. My guess is that she got off at 5th and screwed up getting back on the hwy headed back to Contra Costa Co. the wrong way.
Wanglow

Vallejo, CA

#19 Oct 19, 2010
Do you prefer the Red Kool-Aide or the Yellow?
FIRETHEMALL

Vallejo, CA

#20 Oct 19, 2010
Benician wrote:
If this 97 year old lady had been better scrutinized by the DMV perhaps she would be alive today and enjoying her "personal liberties".
ACCIDENTS happen. It's part of life. GROW UP!!! I know you want to prevent every accident on earth but it's not possible because your not God. You might think so but your not.(S)hit happens! Get over it!

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