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    Elderly driver passes through tollbooth with body on windshield

    By Associated Press

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

    A toll taker on the Sunshine Skyway 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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  • #2
    But wait. There is something that can be done afterall. My good friend Angelo is a cop in the Tampa/Clearwater area. Since I kept all of the files from the access logs when I had the power to see them, guess what, I have everyone's IP addresses. Hmm..what can I do w/ those??


    • #3
      Unfortunately, that's the kind of shit we gotta put up with down here in Floriduh.

      All these elderly folks like ol' Ralph gotta do is mail in their renewal and voila!.."I gotsa new license, Ethel...let's go fer a where's my seein' eye dog, Damnit!!!!"


      • #4
        That's some scary stuff. A co worker of mine has a situation with his elderly dad a few years back. They live down in Sunset Hills. His dad, who was in his mid 70's at the tie, was supposed to take his car from Sunset Hills to visit his sister in Webster. At 1:00 AM, the guy's aunt called to ask what happened to her brother, as he never arrived. At about 5:00 AM, the phone rang, and it's was the Springfield, Illinois police department. The eledery guy's car had ran out of gas in front of a police station. He said the cops told him that when they went to assist him, he kept saying that they were keeping him from seeing his sister in Webster. Everything turned out ok, after a few scary hours.

        Folks, if you have elderly relatives and friends, please monitor their driving habits.
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