Elderly Man Plows Through Mass. Car Auction, 8 Injured
Yesterday, a scary scene unfolded in a town outside Boston, Massachusetts. An elderly man lost control of the SUV he was driving at an auto auction house, slamming into cars and people alike. Medical personnel responded to an emergency call at the Adesa automotive auction facility, when a 78-year old man from the same town inexplicably accelerated in a BMW X5. The SUV hit several cars and then struck a group of people, injuring as many as eight. The driver was uninjured. RELATED: Hit-and-Run Driver Callously Strikes Elderly Pedestrian
Injuries to those affected were not life-threatening, though one had to be med-flighted to Mass. General Hospital. According to WBZ 4 News in Boston, others were treated at MetroWest Medical Center. The 78-year old driver was not an employee of Adesa, but rather someone contracted to drive the cars. It is unclear at this time if he will be charged. This brings up two important items.
The first is determining whether the elderly man should have been driving in the first place. If it turns out that this man should did not have the facilities to be driving, it makes a solid argument for why the inevitable arrival of self-driving cars is a good thing. Older drivers and disabled drivers would be able to get around without putting others in danger. Perhaps with a self driving car he would have another job and not one where he is driving late-model cars at such close proximity to pedestrians. Below is video of the aftermath, which has some graphic language:
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Then there is the notion of “private contractors.” It is common practice for dealers to purchase cars at facilities like these to round out their used or pre-owned fleets. It is also common practice for “independent contractors” to be the drivers for such tasks. The need to keep a pretty big insurance policy, but are not employees of the auction or the dealer. So when something like this happens, neither company can be held liable. Perhaps if either the dealer or the auction company had been using one of its in-house employees, it would have someone more fit to drive.
Image Source: WBZ 4 News