Monday, September 15, 2008

I'm Probably Lucky To Be Alive

For more than 13 years of my life, I lived literally around the corner from Leisure World, a retirement community for "active" seniors - some of them no doubt a bit TOO active for their own good. With none of my usual sarcasm or wit, I present you with this news item from today's Washington Post:

A man and a woman, both 92, were fatally injured Saturday night in Montgomery County when the car in which they were riding crashed near the Leisure World retirement development, authorities said.

The woman was identified as Eunice Wolman, the wife of David Wolman, 96, who was driving the car that crashed about 7 p.m. on Norbeck Road near Georgia Avenue in the Silver Spring area. David Wolman suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The man who died was identified as Max Rubin. His wife, Libby, also 92, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

All four occupants of the car lived at Leisure World, and one neighbor said she thought that they were returning home after dining out.

Police said David Wolman's Buick was going east on Norbeck when it drifted onto a shoulder. The driver overcorrected, and the car crossed into the opposite lane and then left the road. It struck a stop sign and a tree, fatally injuring both backseat passengers, police said.

A neighbor of the Wolmans described them last night as "a very, very loving couple." "They went everywhere together, did everything together," Rena Shochet said.

Although well into his 90s, she said, David Wolman appeared to be a careful, capable driver. "He was sharp," Shochet said.

Call me ageist if you want, but would ANY OF YOU be comfortable knowing you could be sharing a two-lane road with a 96-year-old driver? God bless him for living that long, but this poor man just killed his wife, and he could have killed someone else, too!

I don't care if our seniors vote... The people they elect need to pass a law putting an age limit on driving!

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