Elderly driver from Ringwood dies in crash on A30 near Launceston in Cornwall

Bournemouth Echo: Elderly driver from Ringwood dies in crash with tractor Elderly driver from Ringwood dies in crash with tractor

AN elderly Hampshire man has been killed in a car crash in Cornwall.

The 95-year-old, from Ringwood, died after his red Skoda Fabia collided with a tractor on the A30 near Launceston

The incident happened at around 5.05pm on Monday.

The road was closed and was re-opened at 1am on Tuesday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the man has yet to be formally identified.

The male driver of the tractor was taken to Derriford hospital by ambulance.

The collision caused the tractor, which was towing a trailer, to overturn.

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11:56am Wed 4 Dec 13

CasuallyDressed says...

95 years old?! The hell was he doing behind the wheel of a car?!
95 years old?! The hell was he doing behind the wheel of a car?! CasuallyDressed

12:09pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

CasuallyDressed wrote:
95 years old?! The hell was he doing behind the wheel of a car?!
I can't believe that's all you can think! Never mind a life tragically lost, grieving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren no doubt, plus thelikelyhood that this poor old fella most likely fought and survived WW2 and other conflicts, only to die in an unfortunate accident and not in his bed!

RIP Sir.
[quote][p][bold]CasuallyDressed[/bold] wrote: 95 years old?! The hell was he doing behind the wheel of a car?![/p][/quote]I can't believe that's all you can think! Never mind a life tragically lost, grieving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren no doubt, plus thelikelyhood that this poor old fella most likely fought and survived WW2 and other conflicts, only to die in an unfortunate accident and not in his bed! RIP Sir. Controversial But True

1:18pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Shazzanewcott says...

Sorry but I have to agree with Casually dressed. A gentleman of this age should never be behind the wheel of his car. I know first hand he also caused pain and serious injuries to others that day probably all for the sake of his independence. Hardly worth it really, that aside RIP.
Sorry but I have to agree with Casually dressed. A gentleman of this age should never be behind the wheel of his car. I know first hand he also caused pain and serious injuries to others that day probably all for the sake of his independence. Hardly worth it really, that aside RIP. Shazzanewcott

3:52pm Wed 4 Dec 13

cheeriedriteup says...

Controversial But True wrote:
CasuallyDressed wrote:
95 years old?! The hell was he doing behind the wheel of a car?!
I can't believe that's all you can think! Never mind a life tragically lost, grieving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren no doubt, plus thelikelyhood that this poor old fella most likely fought and survived WW2 and other conflicts, only to die in an unfortunate accident and not in his bed!

RIP Sir.
I didn't die in his bed because some crazy law allows him to drive, no come on dispite the great past years he may or may not have had at 95yrs of age the reaction speed is probably equal to a drunk driver
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CasuallyDressed[/bold] wrote: 95 years old?! The hell was he doing behind the wheel of a car?![/p][/quote]I can't believe that's all you can think! Never mind a life tragically lost, grieving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren no doubt, plus thelikelyhood that this poor old fella most likely fought and survived WW2 and other conflicts, only to die in an unfortunate accident and not in his bed! RIP Sir.[/p][/quote]I didn't die in his bed because some crazy law allows him to drive, no come on dispite the great past years he may or may not have had at 95yrs of age the reaction speed is probably equal to a drunk driver cheeriedriteup

4:52pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
CasuallyDressed wrote:
95 years old?! The hell was he doing behind the wheel of a car?!
I can't believe that's all you can think! Never mind a life tragically lost, grieving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren no doubt, plus thelikelyhood that this poor old fella most likely fought and survived WW2 and other conflicts, only to die in an unfortunate accident and not in his bed!

RIP Sir.
I didn't die in his bed because some crazy law allows him to drive, no come on dispite the great past years he may or may not have had at 95yrs of age the reaction speed is probably equal to a drunk driver
Exactly where does it state that the elderly gent was to blame?

How do you know that the tractor wasn't pulling out of a field on to the road, causing this accident?

Fingers of blame aimed at the elderly chap, just because of his age. Callous and unnecessary!! If you know the facts, then please share them with us!!
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CasuallyDressed[/bold] wrote: 95 years old?! The hell was he doing behind the wheel of a car?![/p][/quote]I can't believe that's all you can think! Never mind a life tragically lost, grieving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren no doubt, plus thelikelyhood that this poor old fella most likely fought and survived WW2 and other conflicts, only to die in an unfortunate accident and not in his bed! RIP Sir.[/p][/quote]I didn't die in his bed because some crazy law allows him to drive, no come on dispite the great past years he may or may not have had at 95yrs of age the reaction speed is probably equal to a drunk driver[/p][/quote]Exactly where does it state that the elderly gent was to blame? How do you know that the tractor wasn't pulling out of a field on to the road, causing this accident? Fingers of blame aimed at the elderly chap, just because of his age. Callous and unnecessary!! If you know the facts, then please share them with us!! Controversial But True

5:04pm Wed 4 Dec 13

cheeriedriteup says...

Scientific fact still remains that our reaction speed, hearing and sight all diminish as we get older, a compulsory driver test should be taken by all of us at the age off 60 yrs,
Scientific fact still remains that our reaction speed, hearing and sight all diminish as we get older, a compulsory driver test should be taken by all of us at the age off 60 yrs, cheeriedriteup

6:07pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Lucy Lastick says...

Most road accidents involve male drivers aged between 17 and 25. "The hell are they doing behind the wheel of a car?" to quote Casually Dressed.
Most road accidents involve male drivers aged between 17 and 25. "The hell are they doing behind the wheel of a car?" to quote Casually Dressed. Lucy Lastick

7:53pm Wed 4 Dec 13

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
Scientific fact still remains that our reaction speed, hearing and sight all diminish as we get older, a compulsory driver test should be taken by all of us at the age off 60 yrs,
Check the highway code, rule 216, its up to you to you make allowances for older drivers whose reactions may be slower than other drivers.
likewise rule 217 regarding learners and inexperienced drivers.
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: Scientific fact still remains that our reaction speed, hearing and sight all diminish as we get older, a compulsory driver test should be taken by all of us at the age off 60 yrs,[/p][/quote]Check the highway code, rule 216, its up to you to you make allowances for older drivers whose reactions may be slower than other drivers. likewise rule 217 regarding learners and inexperienced drivers. The-Bleeding-Obvious

9:34pm Wed 4 Dec 13

scrumpyjack says...

Lucy Lastick wrote:
Most road accidents involve male drivers aged between 17 and 25. "The hell are they doing behind the wheel of a car?" to quote Casually Dressed.
Yes but then there is another 50 years and then,,,,,,,

From age 25 (or so) the reckless part of your brain starts to be overtaken by the much safer part (science not speculation) and that's why we become safer (better?) drivers.

Then about 65 or so 'we' start to become weaker and less confident drivers and some who were happy driving anywhere start to find places they feel less and less comfortable with and at some point over the following 10 to 15 years things start to get more and more "inappropriate" and the family start to get worried and start to talk amongst themselves about how the older driver in question shouldn't be driving anymore and wish the doctor would do it for them.

But the doctor doesn't and if the family bring it up with the elderly person the elderly person then tends to get stroppy and be adamant that they are fine and this can go on for years...............
....................
........then one day something happens which finally makes the person accept (or be made to) that driving is no longer an option.

Seen it time and time again.
[quote][p][bold]Lucy Lastick[/bold] wrote: Most road accidents involve male drivers aged between 17 and 25. "The hell are they doing behind the wheel of a car?" to quote Casually Dressed.[/p][/quote]Yes but then there is another 50 years and then,,,,,,, From age 25 (or so) the reckless part of your brain starts to be overtaken by the much safer part (science not speculation) and that's why we become safer (better?) drivers. Then about 65 or so 'we' start to become weaker and less confident drivers and some who were happy driving anywhere start to find places they feel less and less comfortable with and at some point over the following 10 to 15 years things start to get more and more "inappropriate" and the family start to get worried and start to talk amongst themselves about how the older driver in question shouldn't be driving anymore and wish the doctor would do it for them. But the doctor doesn't and if the family bring it up with the elderly person the elderly person then tends to get stroppy and be adamant that they are fine and this can go on for years............... .................... ........then one day something happens which finally makes the person accept (or be made to) that driving is no longer an option. Seen it time and time again. scrumpyjack

1:31am Thu 5 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

I forced my dad to give up driving when he was in his 70's,and at 79 i do not drive any more.A lot of what you say is so true.One of the best comments i have read.
I forced my dad to give up driving when he was in his 70's,and at 79 i do not drive any more.A lot of what you say is so true.One of the best comments i have read. pete woodley

9:59am Thu 5 Dec 13

Hessenford says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
Scientific fact still remains that our reaction speed, hearing and sight all diminish as we get older, a compulsory driver test should be taken by all of us at the age off 60 yrs,
I would rather be in a car with an experienced older driver than some one just out of nappies.
Condolences to this poor guys family.
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: Scientific fact still remains that our reaction speed, hearing and sight all diminish as we get older, a compulsory driver test should be taken by all of us at the age off 60 yrs,[/p][/quote]I would rather be in a car with an experienced older driver than some one just out of nappies. Condolences to this poor guys family. Hessenford

12:06pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Lucy Lastick says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
Lucy Lastick wrote:
Most road accidents involve male drivers aged between 17 and 25. "The hell are they doing behind the wheel of a car?" to quote Casually Dressed.
Yes but then there is another 50 years and then,,,,,,,

From age 25 (or so) the reckless part of your brain starts to be overtaken by the much safer part (science not speculation) and that's why we become safer (better?) drivers.

Then about 65 or so 'we' start to become weaker and less confident drivers and some who were happy driving anywhere start to find places they feel less and less comfortable with and at some point over the following 10 to 15 years things start to get more and more "inappropriate" and the family start to get worried and start to talk amongst themselves about how the older driver in question shouldn't be driving anymore and wish the doctor would do it for them.

But the doctor doesn't and if the family bring it up with the elderly person the elderly person then tends to get stroppy and be adamant that they are fine and this can go on for years...............

....................

........then one day something happens which finally makes the person accept (or be made to) that driving is no longer an option.

Seen it time and time again.
But of course it won't apply to you will it Scrumpyjack?
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucy Lastick[/bold] wrote: Most road accidents involve male drivers aged between 17 and 25. "The hell are they doing behind the wheel of a car?" to quote Casually Dressed.[/p][/quote]Yes but then there is another 50 years and then,,,,,,, From age 25 (or so) the reckless part of your brain starts to be overtaken by the much safer part (science not speculation) and that's why we become safer (better?) drivers. Then about 65 or so 'we' start to become weaker and less confident drivers and some who were happy driving anywhere start to find places they feel less and less comfortable with and at some point over the following 10 to 15 years things start to get more and more "inappropriate" and the family start to get worried and start to talk amongst themselves about how the older driver in question shouldn't be driving anymore and wish the doctor would do it for them. But the doctor doesn't and if the family bring it up with the elderly person the elderly person then tends to get stroppy and be adamant that they are fine and this can go on for years............... .................... ........then one day something happens which finally makes the person accept (or be made to) that driving is no longer an option. Seen it time and time again.[/p][/quote]But of course it won't apply to you will it Scrumpyjack? Lucy Lastick

1:14pm Thu 5 Dec 13

scrumpyjack says...

Lucy Lastick wrote:
scrumpyjack wrote:
Lucy Lastick wrote: Most road accidents involve male drivers aged between 17 and 25. "The hell are they doing behind the wheel of a car?" to quote Casually Dressed.
Yes but then there is another 50 years and then,,,,,,, From age 25 (or so) the reckless part of your brain starts to be overtaken by the much safer part (science not speculation) and that's why we become safer (better?) drivers. Then about 65 or so 'we' start to become weaker and less confident drivers and some who were happy driving anywhere start to find places they feel less and less comfortable with and at some point over the following 10 to 15 years things start to get more and more "inappropriate" and the family start to get worried and start to talk amongst themselves about how the older driver in question shouldn't be driving anymore and wish the doctor would do it for them. But the doctor doesn't and if the family bring it up with the elderly person the elderly person then tends to get stroppy and be adamant that they are fine and this can go on for years............... .................... ........then one day something happens which finally makes the person accept (or be made to) that driving is no longer an option. Seen it time and time again.
But of course it won't apply to you will it Scrumpyjack?
Why?

Am I some devine deity?

Of course it will, and knowing me I will be too pig headed to admit it and will end up doing something or someone some damage or come so close to doing so I frighten myself enough to have a wake up call.
[quote][p][bold]Lucy Lastick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucy Lastick[/bold] wrote: Most road accidents involve male drivers aged between 17 and 25. "The hell are they doing behind the wheel of a car?" to quote Casually Dressed.[/p][/quote]Yes but then there is another 50 years and then,,,,,,, From age 25 (or so) the reckless part of your brain starts to be overtaken by the much safer part (science not speculation) and that's why we become safer (better?) drivers. Then about 65 or so 'we' start to become weaker and less confident drivers and some who were happy driving anywhere start to find places they feel less and less comfortable with and at some point over the following 10 to 15 years things start to get more and more "inappropriate" and the family start to get worried and start to talk amongst themselves about how the older driver in question shouldn't be driving anymore and wish the doctor would do it for them. But the doctor doesn't and if the family bring it up with the elderly person the elderly person then tends to get stroppy and be adamant that they are fine and this can go on for years............... .................... ........then one day something happens which finally makes the person accept (or be made to) that driving is no longer an option. Seen it time and time again.[/p][/quote]But of course it won't apply to you will it Scrumpyjack?[/p][/quote]Why? Am I some devine deity? Of course it will, and knowing me I will be too pig headed to admit it and will end up doing something or someone some damage or come so close to doing so I frighten myself enough to have a wake up call. scrumpyjack

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