Elderly Man, Who Crashed Into Truck, Building, Had Health Issues

The man, who has Alzheimers, allegedly crashed into a car, and the side of McDonalds had been off his meds and was disoriented.

A 68-year-old Caledonia man allegedly crashed the white van he was driving into a black truck, the side of McDonalds, and almost struck another car at  7:04 p.m. April 22.

According to a report by the Caledonia Police Department, they found the man, who was driving the van, in the parking lot at 5125 Douglas Ave., but the man didn’t stop. When an officer spoke to a manager at McDonald’s they learned the man had gone through the drive-thru and scraped the side of the building with the van. The employee said the man wasn’t “in his right mind while speaking to him” and the driver was speaking to his watch as he was ordering his food.

Police stopped a driver of a black truck, which turned out not to be involved in the crash. However, the driver happened to be the elderly man’s neighbor. The driver of the truck told police the elderly man may have Alzheimer’s disease.

Another police officer stopped the white van and told the elderly man to pull into the Kmart parking lot but he almost struck another car. Police ordered the man to get out of the car. When the man got out of the vehicle, he told police he wasn’t diabetic, not on medications and had not been drinking.

Police spoke to the man’s wife who said he is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease, her husband hadn’t taken his pills and this may explain his mental alertness and why he was driving recklessly.

No citations were issued.

Carol Shilhavy Dallmann April 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM
SInce WHEN is 68 elderly???
enicar333 April 28, 2012 at 01:50 PM
"No citations were issued" Clearly the man is a danger to himself and OTHER motorists - the fact that he is given a pass is VERY disturbing. No Citation? Who is he related to ? His license needs to be REVOKED! It is a safety issue. As for 68 being elderly - you bet - he's got one foot in the grave and the other is ready to go! His mind is clearly going, going, gone, and he can't handle the task of mainatining a vehicle under control!
Heather in Caledonia April 28, 2012 at 02:22 PM
enicar, I agree. He should not have been able to walk away with his license. Children and spouses find it difficult to take driving privileges away from those who are unable to drive safely anymore, but they'll find it even more difficult when their loved one kills someone else through reckless driving. The police and DMV need to be more proactive in cases like this since the family obviously can't.
Tuco April 28, 2012 at 06:24 PM
1. I empathize with the family. Difficult decisions ahead. 2. If he broke the law, cite him. 3. I'm going to use that excuse next time I get pulled over...
Concerned April 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Seriously people if the man is in early stages of alzheimers what good is it to cite him? He won't understand the ticket nor will he remember why he's getting it. It falls to the family to make sure he doesn't get hold of the car keys. Just because the State takes away a driver's license, and they will when a driver condition / behavior report is filed if they find just cause, doesn't mean he won't still think he can drive. I really hope none of you who have commented ever have to deal with a loved one experiencing the same thing. I'm not saying someone shouldn't be responsible to ensure that he doesn't drive but again giving him a ticket isn't going to solve the problem. Denise you may want to do some follow up on this one and post your findings.
Concerned April 29, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Seriously people if that man has early Alzheimers what good is it to cite him? He won't know why and won't remember he got the ticket. Unfortunately it falls on the family to make sure he doesn't get hold of the car keys anymore. Just because we take away the license doesn't guarantee he won't try to drive if he get hold of keys. Again, early stages of alzheimers means he doesn't know what's going on! I hope none of you are ever in that position with a close family member. Denise you may want to do some follow up on this one and post your findings.
Heather in Caledonia April 29, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Concerned Racine, I have been in that situation and it sure is hard. I think it's easier for the family if the police revoke the license - they can then put the "blame" on the gov't instead of having the person blame the family. "Uncle Hester, I'm really sorry, but you can't drive anymore because your license was revoked. I wish you could, but we'll have to figure out another way for you to get around." I do feel for the family - it's very hard. Although, as I said before, it's even harder once the person has caused harm to someone else and you know you could have prevented it.


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