It’s an easy mistake to make


There are times when you read the report of an accident, mentally replay the sequence of events in your mind’s eye, and sympathize with the driver. This was one of those accidents waiting to happen, and the driver was unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unfortunately, this accident in New Jersey does not fall into that category. Here we have a man entering a parking lot outside the Hudson Mall. People in their own vehicles and on foot reported the driver as looking confused. Anyway, he crossed the lot and approached the main doors into the mall. Not pausing, he drove through the doors and set off down the central corridor. You have to understand, this was 6 pm and the mall was full of people. They were screaming and running to get out of his way. None of this seemed to alert the driver to the presence of unusual circumstances. He continued to drive until he crashed into the frontage of an unoccupied store. For the ordinary driver who has not consumed alcohol or disabling drugs this is inexplicable behavior. But this driver was eighty-three-years old. Perhaps when you’re that age, this is an easy mistake to make.

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