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Woman crashes car into Palo Alto building

Original post made on Oct 28, 2008

An elderly woman driving a 2003 Toyota Camry was making a turn from Forest Avenue to Emerson Street in Palo Alto on Saturday afternoon when she apparently hit the gas instead of the brake, crashing her car into an office building on the corner.

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Posted by regina
a resident of Ohlone School
on Oct 28, 2008 at 4:25 pm

How is she going to get to the DMV?

By foot or wheelchair?

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Posted by Ben
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm

I guess she'll crash into the DMV building. Too many drivers seem to have a hard time distinguishing between the brake and gas pedals and are totally unaware what the turn signal lever is for.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Oct 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Wow I wonder how the lady passed driving school! :)

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Posted by wow
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 28, 2008 at 8:37 pm

this is why old people should not drive. establish an age cap for drivers.

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Posted by Monster
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 28, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Wow! Why so many mean comments? Those of you who posted them, wait until you yourself get old. Poor woman.

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 28, 2008 at 11:01 pm

A few years ago a local paper headlined that an 'elderly man' was robbed downtown.
(He was sixty-two which is not old enough for Medicare and was probably not retired!)
So just how 'elderly'' was this driver? I was nearly broadsided last week by a bunch of teenagers packed into a car - the driver ran a stop sign on California. Which category is more dangerous? To these young news reporters, anyone over fifty and a member of the AARP is "elderly".

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Posted by Driver
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2008 at 9:19 am

There was an accident recently reported about a woman in her 90s possibly making an unsafe left turn. Was there ever any final decision on what caused that accident?

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Posted by Mid-life
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 29, 2008 at 9:36 am

People age differently so an age cap isn't the answer. Reflexes, hearing and vision tests should be required.

The ultimate was when we lived in the midwest and an old man at a gas station said as he stumbled to the cashier, "Whoa, I shouldn't really be driving. Sometimes I black out."

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Posted by Cie
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Poor reporting. Agree with Kate, please be more specific regarding "elderly."

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