Here’s a quick look at what’s happening in The Eagle-Tribune newsroom Wednesday, June 23.
After a woman on oxygen is put in critical condition when National Grid shut her power off questions remain as to how this could have happened. Also, we take a look at a safe driving bill that could ban texting while driving as well as place increased restrictions on older drivers.
The Eagle-Tribune is out today following leads on local Haitian families trying to connect with relatives after the earthquake. Other stories to watch include the story of a couple in their 70s accused of bilking hotels and other services with bounced checks and fired department head in Lawrence plead for their jobs before City Council.
A Danvers detective photographs this single car vehicle, which crashed through a Danvers Walmart June 2. The car was driven by a 93-year-old man who accidentally hit the gas instead of the break. Four people were taken to area hospitals. (Photo by Mark Lorenz/Salem News)
The Massachusetts Legislature is considering increasing the licensing requirements for older drivers following a bizarre spate of accidents where older drivers were behind the wheel. The June 13 accident in Stoughton that resulted in the death of a 4-year-old girl may just be the boiling point for the issue. But as the state considers mandatory eye testing based on age alone, some are calling for a more widespread reform that targets drivers in specific risk groups outside of age.
This week, Behind the Headlines sits down with Elizabeth Dugan who teaches at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She’s also author of “The Driving Dilemma: The Complete Resource Guide for Older Drivers and their Families.”
A 1998 Toyota sits in the front of the Danvers Walmart after a 93-year-old man crashed into the store.
On Tuesday, a 93-year-old man crashed his car into a Danvers Walmart sending six people to the hospital and injuring a 1-year-old child. One day later, a 73-year-old woman crashed into a crowd in Plymouth sending at least seven people to the hospital. The issue of older drivers and whether they should face additional licensing restrictions is once again rearing its head. This week, Behind the Headlines sits down with Eagle-Tribune reporter Bill Kirk, who reported on this often controversial issue in this morning’s paper.