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Elderly woman dies in Cary wreck

Posted August 31, 2011

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— An Apex woman died after a wreck that tied up traffic on N.C. Highway 55 in Cary for hours Tuesday evening.

Majorie Megivem, 85, turned left from N.C. 55 onto Parkscene Lane and collided with another car, police said. There was no word on any charges.

Megivem was taken to WakeMed, where she died, hospital officials said.

Police said that a woman and toddler in the second car weren't hurt.

Southbound lanes of N.C. 55 were blocked for hours after the wreck.

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  • common tater Sep 2, 2011

    I don't see how she was turning left from Hwy 55...it looked to me like the car was hit square in the driver-side door...turning left from parkscene ONTO 55 would make more sense...it's very dangerous for ALL these neighborhoods turning left into heavy traffic going 60 mhp plus...hwy 55 is a big racetrack. I agree with testing more often for elderly and harder testing for ALL. Lots of good comments on this topic overall... impressed.

  • kikinc Aug 31, 2011

    I don't think anyone is a senior hater. Most of us aren't even blaming either driver for the accident, as there isn't enough information. It was merely being discussed whether, as people age, testing should become more common place. I don't think anyone here is assuming that once you hit a certain age, you're done. No more driving.

  • samdutes Aug 31, 2011

    Post this one Golo

    08.27.11 - 31-year-old Ford rounded a curve, lost control and slammed into a tree shortly killing Ford and his passenger, , 27, instantly.
    7.23.11 - , 49, was driving east on McDougald Road in Harnett County when he lost control of the car, struck a retaining wall and overturned and was killed.
    08.24.11 - , 18, of xxxx St. in Chapel Hill, was westbound on N.C. Highway 54 at about 3:40 p.m. Monday when their car crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound vehicle and was killed.....

    Why don't you senior haters read all of the accident reports.......Guess everyone should be tested every year

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 31, 2011

    I'm sorry the lady die, that's so sad. It does my heart good to see older folk still getting around and wanting to be independant. They lived this long with out someone else killing them. I've seen the posting so many time, if people would just slow down, pay attention and not be so impatience there would be as many accidents. Driving is a serious business and should be the sole focus of each driver. Old people doing stuff, ya got to love em, bless their heart.

  • esprg Aug 31, 2011

    I've lived in this state for 6 yrs I have been hit 2 times at no fault of my own, by young to middle aged people totaling my cars each time, with neither of them having insurance...age has nothing to do with it. She just made a left at the wrong time.

  • I know some stuff Aug 31, 2011

    I wonder how the comments would change, if it was revealed that the 'other car' could have avoided the crash, if it were not for the fact they were on the cellphone!

  • Walkin Man Aug 31, 2011

    See, the nice thing about old age, is that it doesn't discriminate, it catches up with everyone - if you're lucky that is. From what I've seen regarding the driving-public, I can safely say that "elderly people" are your least concern. All the yahoos in their pickup trucks that think tailgating is a God-given right, the "young" drivers - BSing on their phones, texting - with the radio up so loud they'll most certainly be deaf by the time they reach 30, and, just for the fun of it, drivers who can't stay in their lanes, those that never follow the speed limits, those that drink and drive. Before you pick on just one group, you had better examine YOUR OWN driving habits first my friends.

  • cydonian Aug 31, 2011

    Can someone tell me when possessing a driver's license went from being a PRIVILEGE (as I was taught in High School Driver's Ed) to being an inalienable right that cannot be revoked by an act of God? Who do these people think they are that they have the right to endanger my life just because it's more convenient for them? I'm not talking just about old people, either. The skill level required to obtain a driver's license in the US is dangerously low. Try getting a driver's license in Germany. If everyone on the road right now had to pass a REAL driving test, I suspect 95% of the drivers I encounter every day on I-40 would be sitting on a bus.

  • tmp1 Aug 31, 2011

    Just to clarify, I meant old people who aren't able to drive well, not *all* old people. I don't think we should say "if you're over 80 you can't drive", but I do think we should say "if you're over 80 you'll have to have a driving test more often."

    When you get to a certain age, things start going downhill a little faster.

  • pulstar40 Aug 31, 2011

    1 accident caused by an elderly person, and suddenly everyone is up in arms. Yet, how many accidents were caused this week by teenagers? By folks who had too much to drink? People talking on their cell, or texting? Just not paying attention? Accidents happen across all age groups - why single out just group? If you do retest those who are say, 70+, what are you going to do to make sure that they can get groceries, to their appointments, socialize, to church, have a life. Despite a previous comment, not all elderly folks sit by the TV watching Wheel of Fortune. We are not a society who holds our elders in high regard.

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