Wrong-Way Driver Kills Three People
Earlier this morning (Monday, July 9), an 87-year-old man caused a fatal crash as he was driving in the wrong direction on the Niagara Thruway in Grand Island. The elderly man was identified as Richard Hildebrand, and he collided head-on with another car, killing three Michigan residents.
For up to eight miles, Hildebrand could have been driving in the wrong direction, and after several 911 calls to report the suspicious vehicle, at least two state police vehicles were in the process of trying to locate the wrong-way SUV at the time of the collision.
According to The Buffalo News, neighbors described Hildebrand as an outgoing gentleman and believe that he probably became disoriented because of his poor health, including kidney trouble in the last few years.
Police say they are continuing to investigate how the older man wound up driving north in the southbound lane near the Whitehaven Road exit, where the crash occurred.
Driving while old is an ongoing problem. Remember the lady who drove through Milos.
Once again I ask ...