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Freaky Car Accident

Well, this is a surreal image.

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This is the music store we bought MK’s saxophone, the day before this woman drove headlong into the building.

In fact, we were there at the time of day this lady had her accident. If we had waited just one more day to buy his sax, we’d likely be kissing her grill right about now.

Apparently, this woman had a seizure and lost control. I have no idea about the second car in the picture but I’m assuming it was parked in front of the store and she pushed it into the store front.

She must have been hauling @$$ to have that much momentum to push not only her, but the parked car, into a concrete building.

This is the second time someone has had a seizure and rammed their vehicle into a business in the past three months in these parts.

Question: WHY are people who are susceptible to seizures even permitted to have a driver’s license to begin with?

Thank God no one was hurt (other than the lady who caused the accident, but I don’t think she was even seriously injured). This could have been so much worse.

One of my nieces works at this store. Again, thank God, she wasn’t on the clock when this happened.

Freaky stuff like this really makes you pause and appreciate life, doesn’t it?

UPDATED: I just found out, from family, that this woman was traveling around 70 mph when she hit the parked car, and then pushed it into the building. There was an employee sitting at the front desk when it happened and narrowly missed being squished. This poor woman crossed TWO busy intersections, mid-day, before hitting the music store. It really is a miracle she wasn’t killed, or killed someone else.

This story reminds me of a lady I used to work with. Her 19-year old daughter had a history of sporadic, unexplained seizures. And then suddenly, they stopped. She didn’t have one for one year and was on the verge of passing her driver’s test when she had another one.

From that point on, she was insistent on never getting her driver’s license. For even though her seizures were unexplained and she would go through periods of time when she didn’t have any, she didn’t want to take the chance of having one while she was driving and possibly injuring, or even killing anyone. She said she simply couldn’t live with herself if that happened.

I thought that was incredibly brave and mature of her and I respected her even more for her decision not to drive – ever.

3 thoughts on “Freaky Car Accident”

  1. People who have a known seizure disorder are not allowed to drive. Physicians must report this to the DMV who will then prevent or remove a person’s license. The caveat to this is that they are on a seizure prevention medication and have not had a seizure in “X” long.

    However, there are situations where someone with no history of seizures could start having them (and you can’t predict the timing of one). There are many things that could cause a person to be more prone to seizures temporarily. Allergies, medications (Do YOU always read each and every side effect of a medication and choose to not drive if seizures is listed on the pamphlet, no matter how small the risk?), fevers, some illnesses, a head injury from months ago that received the “all clear”…

    Science doesn’t know all the causes of seizures. Science can’t predict them yet either. And, even though some dogs seem to have an ability to predict seizures (seizure alert dogs), we don’t know what it is they are picking up on, can’t teach them to alert to an impending seizure and are still mystified by the behavior of some dogs who do alert over all.

    My husband has hay fever. However, we didn’t know to what extent until he began to have seizures two years ago on April 15th, the day after his 31st birthday. After a lot of time, observation and medical tests, we were able to determine that he has a seizure-like reaction to hay. The day he first started having seizures, he’d been moving hay around in the hay barn for me. After more than a year away from hay (we were horse-less for some time) and several months off the seizure medication (at the doctor’s recommendation and under a doctor’s care), we were able to determine that hay was the trigger quite by accident. (We acquired another horse and he moved some hay). Now armed with this knowledge, my husband can prevent his seizures by simply limiting his hay exposure. We board our horse with full care, meaning that they feed our horse and they’re responsible for buying, moving, stacking and dealing with all hay consumed by our horse. My husband takes prescription allergy meds if he’s going to go to the barn with me, stays away from the hay loft and limits his time at the barn. With these management techniques, he has not had a seizure since July 2007.

    The point of this comment is to caution you against making snap judgements without knowing the whole of the story as to why this woman had a seizure or making judgements about people who do have seizures that are controlled by medication. After all, you or someone you love could begin to experience seizures without forewarning.

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