Elderly Driver Who Crashed into Casino Raises Questions

When should authorities get involved to revoke licenses? Personal safety was recently shattered when an elderly man with a medical history of blackouts killed two people in a car accident.

Online PR News – 10-February-2010 – – A casino in Laughlin, Nevada had horrible accent occur this week that could have been avoided. A 70-year-old man is responsible for striking nine people, killing two, when he crashed his car through the entrance of the Edgewater Hotel and Casino.

Walter McGie, who was on his way to play at the casino, had a history of seizures that caused blackouts. This was documented in McGie’s medical history, but there was a slip in the system. This error comes at a surprise because Nevada has one of the strictest set of driving laws in the country. The state requires that doctors report any medical condition that may impair patients’ driving abilities.

So why was this man behind the wheel when he posed a risk to people? McGie was experiencing blackouts for three years prior and this could have been avoided. Law enforcement officials agree that this is a man who should not have been driving. The main problem is that he was licensed to drive in Washington, a state that doesn’t’ require doctors to report medical conditions.

McGie had some options beforehand to take personal responsibility in this situation. In hindsight he should have found other alternatives to get to his destination. In this case McGie could have asked a friend to drive him to the casino or chose the option to gamble at home at an online casino.

Police and law enforcement are scrutinizing this particular case and laws to avoid future accidents. Officials will have to be stricter when it comes to driving privileges for those that present a risk to innocent people.

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