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Tharwa Drive strikes again

By johnboy - 14 August 2008 54

The ACT Policing reports that there’s been a second death on Tharwa Drive, just 750 metres from the fatal accident on the weekend.

    At about 15.35pm, a maroon coloured Toyota Corolla sedan, driven by a 92-year-old male, turning northbound on to Tharwa Drive from Duggan Street collided with a white coloured Toyota Hiace van heading southbound on Tharwa Drive, driven by a 47-year-old male from Banks.

    As a result of the collision a 90-year-old female passenger from Condor in the Toyota Corolla sedan was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene.

    Her husband, the driver of the Toyota Corolla sedan, was conveyed by ACT Ambulance to The Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.

    The male occupant of the second vehicle is assisting police with their enquiries.

    Acting Deputy Chief Police Officer Mark Colbran has appealed to drivers to take care on ACT roads.

    “This is the second fatal collision to take place in the ACT in the past week. Police would urge drivers to be alert on the roads and to not become a statistic,” a/Deputy CPO Colbran said.

    Police would urge anyone who may have witnessed the collision, and are yet to speak with collision investigators to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

    This is the eleventh fatality on ACT roads for 2008.

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Tharwa Drive strikes again
AlpineViper 12:35 pm 14 Aug 08

Hamilton, generalising just annoys people. There are some very capable, sharp witted and fit 90+ year olds around. He could have easily been one of them.

Hamilton 12:29 pm 14 Aug 08

With all due respect WTF does the ACT Government issue a license to a 92 year old person? Whilst I understand that age may not have been the factor here, surely a 92 year old person doesn’t have the reflexes required to safely operate a vehicle, especially with some of the d!(K heads on Canberra roads.

I live in an older part of Canberra and the demographic is 75+ – I’ve lost count of the number of times an old silver haired person has almost caused an accident and has continued on their merry way without even knowing what just happened. Don’t they get free bus tickets or subsidised cab fares?

jennybel75 12:24 pm 14 Aug 08

Are there any laws in the ACT or anywhere in Australia where they stop issuing you a license to drive arbitrarily based on your age? My guess is no…

I’m pretty sure (from working in a medical centre while at uni and seeing patients coming in for this) that once you reach a certian age in the ACT you need to have a medical assessment before your license can be renewed. However, I can’t remember how often this is meant to happen (i.e., annually etc).

Madman 12:24 pm 14 Aug 08

seekay said :

Fascinating that no one here seems to think the “92 year old” driver part might be relevant here. The RiotACT demographic must skew older than I though.

Thats right, we’re all old and above the 100 mark, I even ride a motorbike!

There are rules for drivers over 85, i believe its like a yearly medical for fitness to drive. This bloke would have fitted this description and most likely passed or is starting to slip. An accident is an accident and the same thing could have happened to a 20 year old or a 30 year old and on and on.

johnboy 12:14 pm 14 Aug 08

My understanding of the stats is that older drivers are much less likely to get into accidents, but much more likely to die when they do.

Forcing them to get driven around by more accident prone younger drivers seems to be a particularly cruel way to approach the problem.

jmac 12:09 pm 14 Aug 08

seekay said :

Fascinating that no one here seems to think the “92 year old” driver part might be relevant here. The RiotACT demographic must skew older than I though.

Cameron said :

It certainly has the potential to be relevant, but we can’t assume it was a factor.

Are there any laws in the ACT or anywhere in Australia where they stop issuing you a license to drive arbitrarily based on your age? My guess is no…

I don’t think there are any rules regarding the age you must stop driving. I agree with you Cameron, it could have been relevant as judgment is slower at that age etc. But a lot of car accidents…are exactly that…accidents, and it’s always a shame when someone is injured or dies. My thoughts are with both parties involved.

Tooks 12:08 pm 14 Aug 08

seekay said :

Fascinating that no one here seems to think the “92 year old” driver part might be relevant here. The RiotACT demographic must skew older than I though.

Just because no one mentioned it, doesn’t mean we weren’t thinking it.
🙂

Cameron 12:06 pm 14 Aug 08

It certainly has the potential to be relevant, but we can’t assume it was a factor.

Are there any laws in the ACT or anywhere in Australia where they stop issuing you a license to drive arbitrarily based on your age? My guess is no…

seekay 11:56 am 14 Aug 08

Fascinating that no one here seems to think the “92 year old” driver part might be relevant here. The RiotACT demographic must skew older than I though.

miz 11:52 am 14 Aug 08

I have been struck by the poor night lighting on some of the arterial roads about the place – eg, Johnson Drive Calwell. Sometimes the lane lines are not visible at night, or you can only see the reflection of the stuff they use to cover over an old line where the lane lines have been altered – eg Erindale Drive Wanniassa.

Even a part of the new GDE is practically pitch black – not sure what this stretch is actually called though (could be part of Belc Way or Caswell Drive, the signage is pretty confusing considering I have to take the ‘Gungahlin’ exit to go to Bruce or Aranda – weird).

Cameron 11:52 am 14 Aug 08

Someone must have strayed out of their lane. If one vehicle was turning from Duggan and heading north, the only traffic they’d need to give way to is the Tharwa Dr northbound traffic. The white van was heading southbound.

So either the white van has come across or the Corolla has turned wide.

Skidbladnir 11:50 am 14 Aug 08

Note to AFP Media:
Proofread your releases first.

Conder is a suburb, Condor is a south american endangered bird.

Mælinar - *spoiler 11:45 am 14 Aug 08

Playing the devils advocate here, but drivers on the road are already a statistic.

bubzie 11:41 am 14 Aug 08

Something tells me he didnt give way….
(even through, there are signs there saying to! arrgh!)

i think i’m now going to have to start praying for my life whenever i drive there…

Tooks 11:13 am 14 Aug 08

Not a great intersection, that one. I’m surprised there aren’t more prangs there.

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