Comments for: Police say Gorham man who died in I-295 crash was driving north in southbound lane

Posted Jan. 26, 2012, at 9:23 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 1:59 p.m.

FREEPORT | An elderly man was killed and a Bangor-area woman badly injured in a wrong-way accident Wednesday night on Interstate 295. Daniel Cressey Sr., 78, of Gorham was killed instantly in the crash and Mary Warner, 58, of Holden was hospitalized at Maine Medical Center in Portland with …

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  • Anonymous

    A lot of this happening lately….ever feel like your hands are tied?

  • Anonymous

    Surely a hard line to draw sometimes:  When to pull an elderly persons drivers license.  I’ve had to deal with this with an elderly relative before and in the end, the best decision was made for the safety of all.  We found that being a passenger while the parent was driving around helped make the call.  Almost like driving around with my teenaged daughter…very similar.  Of course this is all moot if there is no one around in their life to do such a thing other than the state.

    • Anonymous

      Annual driving tests for the elderly would go a long ways to solving this problem.

      • Anonymous

        It’s been tried before and AARP screamed discrimination.Judges and lawmakers are terrified of this crowd since they vote and have nothing else to do but complain about their rights being violated.They are as dangerous as any drunk.

        • Anonymous

          Let the record show that I am north of 65 years old and I think annual qualifications make a lot of sense. 

          • Anonymous

            Good for you.I wish more people thought that way.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, driving tests–but for all! 

        Here is the thing, you can be a poor driver at any age.

        If, as a society we are truly interested in road safety, we need to retest after the initial license. Why not do it on a periodic schedule that is easy to remember: ten year anniversaries from your very first license.  Thus, start at age 16?   Then at age 26 you get another written, vision, and road test.  Same at ages 36, 46, 56, 66, 76, 86, 96, 106, etc.  

        You fail, you have 30 days to study up, get retrained, get new eyeglasses so you might pass again. People can be a menace on the road at any age: drinking problems, arrogance, inexperience, simple lack of knowledge.

        Expensive, you say?  Factor the cost of hospital bills, rehab, police, ambulance, fire, road workers, etc.  Not to mention deaths.   What is THAT cost?

        Within a generation or two, the culture behind the wheel would change, and people would stop thinking they could *drive just fine after a few…* and other presumptions.

        If we are truly serious about road safety….

  • Vannessa

    How does that even happen?! Either he was out of his mind, or he did it on purpose. You would think if you get on the wrong side accidently, you would either stop, turn around or switch over, not continue to drive for 2 freakin’ miles. Clearly he wasn’t in the right state of mind….. So sad.

    • Guest

      I travel I-95 daily. 2 years ago I encountered a person driving the wrong way. All the traffic pulled over so I followed. This car came driving by and I thought there must have been an accident and the police were directing traffic southerly in the northbound lane. I so expected to encounter state police and see an accident scene. Next thing I know all the traffic continued on and back to normal.No accident as I thought. Heard next day that they stopped elderly man travelling the wrong way and determined where he got on I-95 he traveled over 15 miles. Luckily he caused no accidents.

      • Vannessa

        WOW! That’s scary, luckily everyone (including yourself) pulled over and no one was hurt! 15 miles?! Pretty sure I remember that one!

  • Anonymous

    He drove two miles and avoided crashes with several otehr vehicles… ?  Did he do this on purpose???

  • Anonymous

    I understand perfectly how this happened-I was deathly ill 9 yrs. ago with liver failure,and stopped driving.After a liver transplant,I was in a coma for 6 wks. due to a brain infection. I finally got my license back in Dec. ’08,and love driving againn…but I WILL NOT drive at night,b/c my vision is bad in the dark-can’t see the lines on the road etc. This man was driving @  night,and probably turned the wrong way onto the interstate. Condolences to his family and friends

  • Anonymous

    Mary is a wonderful person, and I am just thankful that she’s not injured even more than she is.  

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