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Police: Motorist who struck pedestrians on El Camino was driving on suspended license

Original post made on Dec 11, 2012

ATHERTON: The 89-year-old driver of a vehicle that struck and seriously injured two pedestrians in an El Camino Real crosswalk in Atherton on Sept. 30 was driving with a license that had been suspended two months earlier after he was diagnosed with a disability, according to the Atherton Police Department report on the incident.

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Posted by reckless driving is not an accident
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Dec 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Speeding + no license + poor driving judgement + multiple serious injuries to innocent victims = throw the book at him

I hope the victims are recovering well. Is the driver paying for their medical care?

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Posted by Menlo Park
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Dec 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

It sure seems that too many incapable elderly drivers have a difficult time understanding when it's time to stop driving because their driving has become a hazard to others. My own grandfather had a hard time accepting that and we (the family) forced him to stop driving before he could hurt anyone.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Dec 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

CHURCH! He was driving to & from church after having his license suspended due to a disability. Many churches offer rides to those who can't drive - too bad this guy didn't try to figure out an alternative.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

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I was very luck, my Mom and Dad decided on their own that they didn't think they should drive any longer. I am very happy that I didn't have to make the decision for them. Of course, now I need to take them to medical appoints ect. I do not mind at all!

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Posted by Donald
a resident of another community
on Dec 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm

The three legs of the traffic safety tripod are engineering, enforcement and education. You can't get good results without a balance of all three. Recent posts on this forum indicate that people expect engineering solutions alone to solve the problem, but that won't work as long as dangerously incompetent drivers like this are on the road. We also need more enforcement and stricter testing and licensing requirements (DMV letters written in plain English that non-lawyers can understand would also help).