When I was 18, I bought my first car. It was a piece of shit but I didn’t know it at the time. In hindsight, I guess the $500 price should have tipped me off. But I was 18. And it was my first car. Did I mention it had four tires and an engine? Obviously, I had stumbled upon a once-in-a-lifetime deal.
A few weeks after the purchase, I discovered that my sweet little bargain was actually the piece of shit everyone else already knew it was. It happened about half a mile from my house. I had just left and was driving down a narrow dirt road when the accelerator got stuck. The engine revved up to rod-throwing levels and I was absolutely scared shitless. As soon as I realized what was happening, I quickly put the car in neutral. After pumping the gas pedal a few times, it unstuck itself and everything was fine. Luckily, it never happened again.
So that was a cute little story. Here’s the part where I piss some people off.
Yesterday, on the northeast side of Indianapolis, an 80-year-old driver had a wreck:
IFD says Feeney was leaving a hair salon when she veered back towards the salon building, shearing the gas meter and striking the building. From that point, Feeney drove through a bush, hit a fence, turned her car and hit four cars on her way out of the parking lot.
Feeney then drove across Ferguson Ave. and struck DEA Inc., an architecture firm across the street. According to the report, Feeney backed up but went forward, hitting the house for a second time and striking two additional vehicles on Ferguson.
In case you lost count, that’s a hair salon, an architecture firm (twice), six cars, a gas meter, a bush, and a fence. Amazingly, nobody was injured.
Of course, the driver claimed that her accelerator got stuck. I’m not sure I believe that and even if I did, I still think that’s way more damage than was necessary in that situation.
I know it’s a touchy subject but there really should be a law addressing this a little better than the one Indiana now has that requires drivers 75 and over to renew their licenses every three years instead of every four. And I know that some people get offended when you question their driving ability (because I’m one of them). And there’s the age discrimination issue. But we place all kinds of restrictions on teen drivers so why aren’t we admitting the truth when it comes to elderly drivers?