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Death on the Parkway

By johnboy - 6 May 2011 42

ACT Policing is investigating a collision on the Tuggeranong Parkway in Weston tonight (Thursday, May 5) around 7pm in which an elderly male driver was deceased.

Investigators are examining the circumstances surrounding the collision, which occurred after a northbound Kia Cerato sedan driven by the deceased man, an 86-year-old from Page, has lost control and collided with the concrete divider in the centre of the road before being struck from behind by another vehicle, a Mazda sedan.

Attempts were made to resuscitate the elderly man but he later died at the scene. He was the sole occupant of the Kia sedan. The two people in the Mazda sedan were conveyed to hospital but their injuries were not considered serious.

While police are noting this as the seventh fatality on Canberra’s roads this year, investigations are ongoing as to whether the victim had died as a result of a medical condition. A determination as to whether this was a road fatality or the result of a medical condition will be made following a post mortem examination.

The Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team is requesting that any witnesses to the incident who have not yet spoken with police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Death on the Parkway
Ceej1973 2:31 am 07 May 11

Maybe, like me, he was rubber necking what ACTEW were doing on the cliff by the parkway on Weston side with all those mega spot lights.

Gerry-Built 9:26 pm 06 May 11

Deckard said :

Except for where the new electronic sign is that blinds people driving up the hill out of Kambah. Not sure if that’s where this was but is pretty dangerous.

The accident was halfway between Hindmarsh and Cotter Rd – Next to Weston, probably 250-500m south of the Heyson St underpass (roughly equal with the HUGE gum tree on Weston side). At just before 8pm, when I passed going south, there was a Woolworths truck that was probably likely to be stranded there for hours – all other traffic was being slowly turned around and led down the on ramp to Hindmarsh… I noticed the sign wasn’t being used to warn of the hazard ahead; isn’t that what it was installed for? It *IS* rather bright, isn’t it?

p1 9:17 pm 06 May 11

johnboy said :

Swerved attempting to miss it?

Well, that’s kinda what I thought.

cranky said :

Less than impressed with the apparent driving abilities of the driver of the car which hit the Kia. Nowhere on the Parkway is vision restricted to 100-150 metres, at which distance you should be able to identify a hazard and avoid.

I came over the same rise heading south at 100km/h to find a car ahead of me had stopped in the middle of the lane. While I didn’t hit it, I also didn’t stop until alongside. A better car (ABS brakes etc) would stop in time, better reflexes would be lucky to make a difference.

breda 8:08 pm 06 May 11

ACT Policing is investigating a collision on the Tuggeranong Parkway in Weston tonight (Thursday, May 5) around 7pm in which an elderly male driver was deceased.

Investigators are examining the circumstances surrounding the collision, which occurred after a northbound Kia Cerato sedan driven by the deceased man, an 86-year-old from Page, has lost control and collided with the concrete divider in the centre of the road before being struck from behind by another vehicle, a Mazda sedan.

Attempts were made to resuscitate the elderly man but he later died at the scene.
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The work experience kid strikes again at ACT Policing’s PR unit.

“Deceased” is not a verb – a person cannot be deceased in an accident.

A car cannot “lose control” (let’s draw a veil over the inevitable redundant ‘has’) – only its driver can.

Further, the person was not killed in the collision, as the first paragraph indicates. As the press release goes on to state, the poor chap died afterwards.

Apart from being unprofessional, it makes one wonder at the quality of the written briefs being provided to prosecutors by the cops. When they can’t even explain clearly the sequence of events in a simple car accident, what ambiguities and inaccuracies must pervade their descriptions of more complex events? I am assuming that the PR unit is the creme de la creme of written communication ability available in ACT Policing.

Perhaps we should be a bit less critical of the success rates of prosecutors. The lack of connection between silk purses and sows’ ears comes to mind.

Lazy I 7:44 pm 06 May 11

cranky said :

Less than impressed with the apparent driving abilities of the driver of the car which hit the Kia. Nowhere on the Parkway is vision restricted to 100-150 metres, at which distance you should be able to identify a hazard and avoid.

Awfully judgmental? Considering both occupants of the Mazda survived without serious injury.

Interested to see how a lot of others would have coped having a car dumped in front of them in the dark when travelling at 100km/h.

Having been in Woden when the initial accident occurred (~7pm) I have to commend the ambulance response and the skill of the ambulance drivers to work themselves through the difficult traffic situations extremely quickly.

Deckard 7:08 pm 06 May 11

cranky said :

Less than impressed with the apparent driving abilities of the driver of the car which hit the Kia. Nowhere on the Parkway is vision restricted to 100-150 metres,.

Except for where the new electronic sign is that blinds people driving up the hill out of Kambah. Not sure if that’s where this was but is pretty dangerous.

cranky 6:10 pm 06 May 11

A couple of thoughts.

The AFP have been uninterested in adding this death to the ACT road toll. Much appreciated that no speeding related comments have been reported.

Less than impressed with the apparent driving abilities of the driver of the car which hit the Kia. Nowhere on the Parkway is vision restricted to 100-150 metres, at which distance you should be able to identify a hazard and avoid.

My condolences to the family.

johnboy 5:50 pm 06 May 11

Swerved attempting to miss it?

p1 5:46 pm 06 May 11

Kezza said :

Tortfeaser you have to be kidding. The Kia was stopped in the right hand lane just over the crest of the road. The driver of the Mazda didn’t have time to even break and swerved to miss the vehicle which probably saved her life and that of her passenger.

My thoughts go out to the family of the deceased.

Swerved to miss it? The initial report seems to suggest that the Mazda didn’t so much miss it, as hit it.

colourful sydney rac 4:14 pm 06 May 11

Mysteryman said :

Thank goodness you’re here! Who would protect us from other people’s opinions, and decide what’s appropriate or not, if you weren’t!?

Ironic post is ironic.

Mysteryman 3:33 pm 06 May 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Kezza said :

Tortfeaser you have to be kidding. The Kia was stopped in the right hand lane just over the crest of the road. The driver of the Mazda didn’t have time to even break and swerved to miss the vehicle which probably saved her life and that of her passenger.

My thoughts go out to the family of the deceased.

I am pretty sure that tortfeaser knew that and was merely using this tragic death to make a pithy complaint about speed cameras/speed limits. All class.

Thank goodness you’re here! Who would protect us from other people’s opinions, and decide what’s appropriate or not, if you weren’t!?

colourful sydney rac 2:46 pm 06 May 11

Kezza said :

Tortfeaser you have to be kidding. The Kia was stopped in the right hand lane just over the crest of the road. The driver of the Mazda didn’t have time to even break and swerved to miss the vehicle which probably saved her life and that of her passenger.

My thoughts go out to the family of the deceased.

I am pretty sure that tortfeaser knew that and was merely using this tragic death to make a pithy complaint about speed cameras/speed limits. All class.

Kezza 2:38 pm 06 May 11

Tortfeaser you have to be kidding. The Kia was stopped in the right hand lane just over the crest of the road. The driver of the Mazda didn’t have time to even break and swerved to miss the vehicle which probably saved her life and that of her passenger.

My thoughts go out to the family of the deceased.

coffeeman 1:46 pm 06 May 11

more likely he was slowing down for the safety camera …..

tortfeaser 11:23 am 06 May 11

Speed was to blame. Clearly.

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