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100-year-old driver blames crash on faulty hearing aid

TT/The Local/dl · 17 Oct 2011, 08:00

Published: 17 Oct 2011 08:00 GMT+02:00

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He is now under criminal suspicion of reckless driving.

The single-car accident occurred on the E20 motorway outside of Eskilstuna in central Sweden shortly before 9pm on Sunday night, the local Eskilstuna Kuriren newspaper reported.

The 100-year-old man slammed his vehicle into a road barrier that had been put in place in connection with repair work being carried out on a bridge which spans the motorway.

“He did fail to spot a rather large road barrier,” Södermanland County police duty officer Lennart Ahlin told the TT news agency.

While the barrier was completely destroyed and the man's car was heavily damaged, the 100-year-old escaped the accident without injury.

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He was nevertheless taken to hospital for an examination.

In speaking with police about what caused him to crash, the 100-year-old said a contributing factor to the wreck was the fact that the battery in his hearing aid stopped working.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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09:34 October 17, 2011 by robban70226
a contributing factor... what about the rest? good old age? Grandpa, .. time to stay home ad lets your fingers do the walking...
09:41 October 17, 2011 by J Jack
Batteries tend to stop working when they go flat, duh!
10:53 October 17, 2011 by charubun pananon
Amazing, grandpa drives by ears !
11:37 October 17, 2011 by Borilla
Thank goodness he has a license to drive, since he is too old to walk anywhere.
12:22 October 17, 2011 by John.Smith
in other words he was probably trying to put a new battery in his ear piece while driving the car at the same time...
13:00 October 17, 2011 by SeeK
My great grandfather stopped driving in his late eighties after he forgot to close the driver's door before reversing out of his garage - which resulted in the door being ripped off the car. I'd say he made a sound decision to not keep trying.
13:50 October 17, 2011 by Opinionfool
Uh, the battery in his hearing aid was flat so he couldn't see! What a ridiculous suggestion.

And did he "miss" a rather large barrier or hit it? Me thinks someone has been skimping on the copy-editing again.
15:37 October 17, 2011 by Svensksmith
Sorry gramps, time to hang up the keys. I'm sure that if you ever need an ambulance, they'll come right away!
16:10 October 17, 2011 by Mb 65
I wonder if the police gave him an eye test. An eye test should be compulsory for everyone every 3 years.
18:00 October 17, 2011 by insect
Hehe, the road barrier was supposed to speak too..lol
19:35 October 17, 2011 by muscle
lol... i don't need to watch or listen to any entertainment show in sweden :)

the news in sweden fulfills my requirements :)
19:36 October 17, 2011 by reason
It would have been a good excuse for an old bat.
00:45 October 18, 2011 by k2kats
May you be fortunate enough to reach his age, still be fit enough to drive, and never be momentarily distracted by a malfunctioning hearing aid or cell phone, or text message, or......
01:03 October 18, 2011 by graceolsson
I dont believe that a Century -old person can drive a car....I´ll never travel in a car if I know that the driver is too old. My neighbour is 78 years old and I see his attitude when he´s driving his car in front of my home....Sometimes, I´ve the impression that he isn´t seeing me...

01:16 October 18, 2011 by Opinionfool

Not only 78-years and 100-years who don't see other road users. It is quite easy to work that the driver in front has not seen one coming up behind them. They don't look in their mirrors or take even the least precautions to observe the rules of the road. It doesn't matter whether they are young or old they are not paying attention.

In England the age group most likely to have an accident (because they are not paying attention to the road) are young people, particularly young men.

Then there are the women who use their rear view mirror to help them see while applying their make-up because of course one cannot lay on a mortuary slab looking like the back end of a bus ... certainly not the one that you drove into.

And then there are those who use their mobile phones while they drive along. Organ donors the lot of them.
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