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Crash should serve as a wake-up call

Schwabl’s restaurant was severely damaged and 27 employees are out of work after a car driven by an elderly woman crashed into it. The driver was hospitalized for her injuries suffered in this horrible accident.

While two parties have suffered, let this be a wake-up call to all who have aging parents. A year and half ago, my 84-year-old dad had open heart surgery. As a result of this surgery, he suffered a mild stroke, which affected his judgment. I stepped up to the plate and took his driving privileges away. While this was a hardship for me and my husband, my intervention prevented any situation in which my dad could have killed or injured someone.

Thankfully, nobody was killed in the Schwabl’s incident. We need, as children of aging parents, to take responsibility and take away those keys when the time comes. My dad is now in a nursing home and doing well. I know he is well cared for and safe.

Until New York State mandates recertification of elderly drivers, let’s take the necessary steps to prevent any more incidents and keep our community and loved ones safe. I wish all the best to the driver and her family for a speedy recovery.

Kathy Szewczyk

Tonawanda