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Chudleigh man, 83, dies after Kingsteignton car crash

By GuyHenderson  |  Posted: January 14, 2013

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AN 83-YEAR-OLD man who was injured in a car crash near Newton Abbot earlier this month has died.

Police confirmed on Monday afternoon that the man, who has not been named, died following the two-vehicle crash on the B3193 near Preston Manor works, Kingsteignton on January 3.

The man, from Chudleigh, was driving one of the cars involved. He suffered serious leg injuries and was taken to Torbay Hospital.

His family have been informed. His grandson and the other female driver, who both suffered serious lower leg injuries, are now at home recovering.

A police spokesman said: "There will be an investigation into the cause of the collision by the Serious Collisions’ Investigation Unit at Newton Abbot. Anyone with any information to please contact 101 quoting log 449 030113."

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  • AlexTLF  |  January 16 2013, 10:28AM

    Can't argue with TrubbinStrife "Three factors in particular seem to contribute to these statistics: poor judgement when turning, drifting within the traffic lane and decreased ability to respond to an unexpected or rapidly changing situation." Can add that these same factors can apply to many other drivers e.g. using sat' nav's (the biggest single cause of road accidents), dealing with restless children in the car and of course the illegal use of mobile phones and drinking. Perhaps elderly drivers should have 'E' plates (as in 'L' plates) for similar reasons to those who use 'P' plates, so we can all give them a little more space.

  • TrubblnStrife  |  January 15 2013, 11:51AM

    This very sad story raises a concern shared by many road users as well as those in government: how safe are elderly drivers, and with a rapidly aging population, has the time come for mandatory retests? I would not want to question the competence of the gentleman in question, but while many mature drivers are perfectly capable (and certainly safer on the road than the under-25s), research on age-related driving concerns has shown that at around the age of 65 drivers do face an increased risk of being involved in a vehicle crash. After the age of 75, the risk of driver fatality increases sharply, because older drivers are more vulnerable to crash-related injury and death. Three factors in particular seem to contribute to these statistics: poor judgment when turning, drifting within the traffic lane and decreased ability to respond to an unexpected or rapidly changing situation. The decline of skills necessary for safe driving may occur suddenly or gradually – signs can include a pattern of near misses or minor accidents, increasing difficulty in noticing pedestrians, signs and other vehicles, slow responses and a rapid onset of fatigue from driving. Older drivers also need to be aware that medications can significantly impair their driving by making them drowsy or distracted. All drivers (of any age) should consult their GP before starting new medications to see if they can impair their ability to drive, and avoid driving until they know exactly how a new drug affects them. If any medication causes sleepiness or disorientation, someone else should do the driving. Eyesight is another issue. Our eyes change with age, losing the ability to focus quickly. Peripheral vision narrows and the retina becomes less sensitive to light. Physical fitness tends to decline as well – and drivers need to be strong and flexible to react quickly. So, although a person's chronological age does not necessarily affect their driving ability, we all need to be aware of how our physical and mental faculties change over time in order to judge whether we should be driving or not – because unless we do so, it's a sad fact that more people will be killed and injured on our roads.

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  • robocop1982  |  January 14 2013, 7:21PM

    annoys me that vehicle manufactures are under no legal obligation to install collision avoidance systems to protect life and can continue to churn out these dangerous machines. any person can lose concentration for even a split second and this is why these cars are so dangerous and the roads they travel on are so narrow its is sucidal. collision avoidance systems must be made a legal requirement. just look how many people are injured yearly as a result of these dangerous heavy machines

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