...But thank goodness, I still have my FL driver's license!



  1. Elderly man misplaces wife on trip from New York to Florida

    Zephyrhills, Florida - A nationwide alert has been issued for a 91-year-old Pasco County woman who appears to have been lost during a car trip with her husband from New York to Florida.
    Gordon Ladue, also 91, ran out of gas in Land O' Lakes Thursday.
    Missing is his wife Katherine.
    He told deputies that he thinks he had breakfast with his wife in Georgia Thursday morning.
    Both of the Ladues reportedly suffer from memory lapse.
    Investigators say Ladue also lost his wife two weeks ago in West Virginia, where police found her wandering the streets.


    http://www.tampabays10.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=43898
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    oh MY!
  4. by   UM Review RN
    The wife was found about 20 miles away from where the husband ran out of gas, within a few hundred miles of their home.

    What I don't understand is how anyone could've let him continue on the journey after the first time he lost the wife.
  5. by   CHATSDALE
    once can be an honest mistake but if i was that wife i would be a little bit suspicious
  6. by   Tweety
    That is so sad and scarey. Florida roads are full of these folks, especially this time of year. There was a couple that stopped at a toll booth asking for directions to a certain street in Ohio, where they thought that they were. I've taken care of a few drivers in their 90s who have wrecked. They don't know what planet they are on, blind as a bat, but have a license to drive.
  7. by   UM Review RN
    Fer sure, Tweety. Remember this Florida one?

    Boing Boing: Man drives miles with body in windshield

    Man drives miles with body in windshield
    A 93-year-old driver in St. Petersburg, Florida hit and killed a pedestrian last week. Then, he drove three miles with the body hanging out of his windshield. After he was stopped by police, the driver apparently said that the body fell from the sky.
  8. by   donsterRN
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    Fer sure, Tweety. Remember this Florida one?

    Boing Boing: Man drives miles with body in windshield

    Man drives miles with body in windshield
    A 93-year-old driver in St. Petersburg, Florida hit and killed a pedestrian last week. Then, he drove three miles with the body hanging out of his windshield. After he was stopped by police, the driver apparently said that the body fell from the sky.
    Good God.

    That is so sad. I'm sorry for the pedestrian, and sorry for the driver.

    I'm reminded of the elderly man in California who drove into the crowd at the farmer's market and killed 10 people. He just recently received probation, but was too ill to attend the sentencing. He evidently had no idea of what he had done. I feel very bad for him, but geez... TEN PEOPLE!
  9. by   UM Review RN
    Southpinellas: Driver won't face criminal charges in bicyclists crash



    Driver won't face criminal charges in bicyclists crash

    Joseph Pastore had no criminal intent and wasn't on screened-for drugs when his car struck 14 bicyclists, officers say. He is cited for careless driving.

    By LEANORA MINAI
    Published July 17, 2003

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    ST. PETERSBURG - No criminal charges will be filed against a driver who barrelled into a pack of bicyclists this month, injuring 14 of them.
    Blood tests show Joseph Pastore was not on any drugs for which drivers are routinely screened during DUI investigations, though his poor health and prescription medications could have caused him to blackout moments before the crash July 6, police said Wednesday.
    Pastore, 60, was cited for careless driving and must appear in traffic court Aug. 5. Police will ask the judge to order a driving test and medical exam to determine whether Pastore is fit to drive.
    "There was no criminal intent," said Officer Mike Jockers, traffic homicide investigator. "There were no impairing factors in his blood."
    Several cyclists remained hospitalized Wednesday.
    "It was an accident," Pastore said. "This wasn't like I got up that morning and thought, "Maybe I'll go plow down 14 bicyclists.' "
    Cyclists, some with the St. Petersburg Bike Club or the St. Pete Mad Dog Triathlon Club, are angry Pastore is still allowed to drive, though his license could be suspended during the August hearing.
    "There's no reason that guy couldn't go out tomorrow and do the exact same thing," said Barrie Coates, St. Pete Mad Dog Triathlon Club president.
    "Obviously, he has a problem. I don't know if it's drugs or alcohol or medication or whatever. Normal people do not pass out in their cars or hit cyclists."
  10. by   donsterRN
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    Southpinellas: Driver won't face criminal charges in bicyclists crash



    Driver won't face criminal charges in bicyclists crash

    Joseph Pastore had no criminal intent and wasn't on screened-for drugs when his car struck 14 bicyclists, officers say. He is cited for careless driving.
    By LEANORA MINAI
    Published July 17, 2003


    ST. PETERSBURG - No criminal charges will be filed against a driver who barrelled into a pack of bicyclists this month, injuring 14 of them.
    Blood tests show Joseph Pastore was not on any drugs for which drivers are routinely screened during DUI investigations, though his poor health and prescription medications could have caused him to blackout moments before the crash July 6, police said Wednesday.
    Pastore, 60, was cited for careless driving and must appear in traffic court Aug. 5. Police will ask the judge to order a driving test and medical exam to determine whether Pastore is fit to drive.
    "There was no criminal intent," said Officer Mike Jockers, traffic homicide investigator. "There were no impairing factors in his blood."
    Several cyclists remained hospitalized Wednesday.
    "It was an accident," Pastore said. "This wasn't like I got up that morning and thought, "Maybe I'll go plow down 14 bicyclists.' "
    Cyclists, some with the St. Petersburg Bike Club or the St. Pete Mad Dog Triathlon Club, are angry Pastore is still allowed to drive, though his license could be suspended during the August hearing.
    "There's no reason that guy couldn't go out tomorrow and do the exact same thing," said Barrie Coates, St. Pete Mad Dog Triathlon Club president.
    "Obviously, he has a problem. I don't know if it's drugs or alcohol or medication or whatever. Normal people do not pass out in their cars or hit cyclists."
    I think what's disturbing to me about THIS situation is the guy's attitude. I can imagine him just shrugging this off. There's no hint of an apology anywhere. He knows what he did. It's doubtful that the other drivers we were speaking of are even aware that anybody was killed.
  11. by   CHATSDALE
    as for an apology, if he has a lawyer he was probably advised not to speak up and accept responsibility d/t to civil trial probablity

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