Elderly Man Drives Car Into Brook


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A police tow truck pulls a sedan out of the brook at the end of Hathaway Lane.

Residents of Hathaway Lane were scratching their heads today at the sight of a sedan that landed, nose down, in a ravine at the end of their street. The driver of the car, an 86-year-old Verona resident who apparently was confused about his whereabouts, was unhurt, and his car had only minor damage. A police tow truck pulled the car out of the ravine.

The man, a resident of Valhalla Way, drove to the end of Hathaway, the last street off Park Avenue whose dead-end is formed by a large outcropping of rock, and kept going. He managed to steer his car to the right of the rock, onto the lawn in front of 1 Hathaway Lane, and then slid down into the ravine and a shallow brook. The man may have been under the mistaken impression that he was on Valhalla, which runs parallel to Hathaway and is a through street.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected]


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