Age and Vehicular Homicide

I didn’t realize that being the oldest citizen in a town during its centennial celebration was such a sought after position. Boston.com reports that a 101 year old man died in a hospital after being struck by the car of 91 year old Mary Beaumont. This is what they had to say:

BURBANK, Calif.—A 101-year-old man is dead after being struck by a car driven by a 91-year-old woman as he crossed a Burbank street.
Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn says Otto Jensen was hit at about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday and died at a hospital. City News Service says Jensen was a well-known photographer in Burbank and served as grand marshal of the city’s centennial parade last year.
Ryburn says driver Mary Beaumont stopped at the scene but was not arrested or cited. Reached by phone Wednesday, she said she was fine and declined comment.
Ryburn says it’s unclear what led to the accident. He told City News Service that Jensen was not in a crosswalk but was crossing legally and had nearly made it across the street when he was struck.

Remind me, if I’m ever the Grand Marshal of a city’s centennial parade to make sure to use the crosswalk…and to cross quickly. I’m also glad that I’m not Sgt. Darin Ryburn, who probably quite easily decided that arresting a 91 year old woman for vehicular homicide wouldn’t bode well to his reputation. At the same time I hope that they at least take her licence away.

24 May 2012

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