(Illinois) This story has an ironic twist. Jim had an elderly mother whose driver's license was
about to expire. She didn't want to lose her license,
even though her response time was so slow that Jim
knew she shouldn't be driving.
He decided not to argue with his mother, but to simply
take her to an Illinois Driver Testing Facility, where she
would undoubtedly fail the road test. And that would be
On the day of the test, he picked her up and drove her
to the testing facility. It was a warm and sunny day.
When their turn was called, he escorted his mother to
the car and helped her inside. The driving evaluator
began to climb into the passenger side.
At this point, Jim did something foolhardy.
He walked directly behind the car, and stood about 10
feet away from a brick wall. Standing behind a car is
something that one should avoid even when there is a
known GOOD driver in the car. His mother started the
engine, stepped on the gas, and accidentally put the
car into gear.
The evaluator suffered a broken arm. Poor Jim was not so lucky. He expired
a few days later from internal injuries sustained in the
accident. The Darwin Award goes not only to Jim, but also to his mother, who avoided passing on her own poor genes by killing her son. Perhaps Mother
does know best.
This happened to my wife's cousin's husband Jim. We
attended the funeral, but Jim's mother did not. To this
day, she does not feel responsible for the accident, and
says that it was Jim's own fault.