OLDER DRIVERS INVOLVED IN WEEKEND CAR ACCIDENTS (CONCL.)

April 1, 2011

We’re continuing our discussion of three car accidents in the Portland area over Easter weekend. The first two resulted in a number of serious injuries to drivers, passengers and a pedestrian, and the pedestrian’s dog was killed. Authorities said that one accident was caused by speed and alcohol; another may have involved a major medical event of a 92-year-old driver.

The third accident had sheriff’s deputies at the scene puzzled. They arrived at the Marion County crash site Sunday afternoon and found a Geo Metro torn in half. The two sections were about 150 feet apart. The second vehicle, a pick-up truck, had rolled after the crash.

The Geo had been driven by a 74-year-old woman. In the car with her were her sister, age 80, and two dogs. The driver survived the crash but had critical injuries. She was taken by helicopter to a Portland medical center. Her sister, ejected from the car, was dead at the scene. One dog was killed in the accident, and the other died soon after.

In the pick-up, the 80-year-old driver and his 82-year-old wife were also injured. They were transferred to the hospital as well.

Reports did not indicate if any of the people involved were wearing seat belts.

What the deputies know is that the intersection near the accident is governed by a stop sign, and that the Geo had been heading north and the truck was heading west at the time of the collision.

But the rest, so far, is a mystery.

Source: OregonLive.com, “Fatal Aurora crash kills Tigard woman and two dogs, injures three other people,” Kimberly A.C. Wilson, 04/25/11

 

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