The article states that the van shifted out of gear.Now,how exactly does a vehicle just shift out of gear?I have driven everything from a motor scooter to an 18-wheeler over the past twenty years,and I have never seen anything shift out of gear.There has to be a better explanation to this.
Posted: 8/26/2012 12:32:18 PM
Park brake, why don't people use them? :
Story says that the van rolled suddenly when it was parked in the drive way. If the park brake was applied, this sort of thing could be prevented.
People who rely solely on the Park position of an automatic transmission to park their car without applying the park brake are leaving themselves open for an accident!
Posted: 8/24/2012 7:41:45 PM
This is a horrific freak accident. Too bad most of the comments here have nothing to do with this story and more to do with another.
Posted: 8/24/2012 3:26:31 PM
To Frank... :
You have to be aware and look when you are driving! Keep mindful that there could be people crossing that might not follow the rules of the road.
Everyone needs to be accountable here. Drivers have to be mindful of people and what they might do...and stop driving like crazy people. People need to remember that the car CAN hit them by accident and that just because they are the pedesrian, they can't just walk/run or do what ever they feel like.
If people would smarten up and use the wonderful brains that they have things would be alot safer both drivers and walkers.
Posted: 8/24/2012 3:21:52 PM
Joe Blow :
I actually saw a police officer in a marked cruiser not give a pedestrian the right of way as she stood waiting to sross the street on a crosswalk. This happened on the corner of Adams Ave. and Pennywell Rd. I made eye contact with the person and all she did was shake her head at what we both just saw. If the people enforcing the laws don't obey the rules it gives the general motoring public a poor chance.
Posted: 8/24/2012 3:08:12 PM
Sometimes it is not safe to let someone cross on a crosswalk. I was driving to work this morning and going through an intersection on a green light and the car in front of me stops to let someone cross the road on the crosswalk. They are only setting the person up to be hit..
Posted: 8/24/2012 11:47:47 AM
Wayne P :
That person who struck that person and dog while DRUNK needs to get put away for the rest of his pathetic life.
In other news, pedestrians need to realize that that sectioned concrete on the side of the road is called a SIDE - WALK. It aptly named because you are supposed to WALK on it, and it is alongSIDE the road, not on the road. USE IT!! If a pedestrian got struck in an area where there was no sidewalk, it'd be the primary cause of the incident in the eyes of the same people that don't use it when it is there.
Posted: 8/24/2012 11:47:03 AM
Drivers should open their eyes :
I believe that drivers should be opening thier eyes more when driving. I am usually out walking my dog a couple of times a day and the amount of vehicles that do not stop for someone on a crosswalk is ridiculous. One day i have 5 cars just zoom by me while i was waiting to cross, they did not even try to stop
Posted: 8/24/2012 10:30:04 AM
Ya have to be safe not convenient... :
It might not be the case with this very tragic incident, but people have to start using their brains.
I was driving down a street last night and there was 2 persons walking up the road in my lane, while there was a perfect, more or less, brand new sidewalk beside them.
I had to swerve into the oncoming traffic lane to avoid them.
And with the drivers that are you there these days...I don't even feel safe on the sidewalk anymore.