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Missouri tragedy: sneezing at the wheel can kill

GasBuddy Blog -- In a tragedy just a week before Thanksgiving, a 30-year-old was killed when a car crossed the center line of a road, striking her vehicle and killing her. To add insult to injury, the accident also severely injured the mothers 1-year-old son.

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, 30-year-old Laura McClendon had not been wearing her seatbelt when a car driven by Kathryn Brady, 44, of Smithville, collided with her after Brady suffered a "sneeze attack".

According to the Post Dispatch story, the tragedy highlighted the fact that deadly traffic accidents apparently caused by sneezing, while unusual, are not unprecedented. It also served as a reminder of the importance of wearing seat belts, said Sgt. Collin Stosberg of...


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catladyNM
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 12:23:59 AM

Rare but it does occur.
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danmckdude
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:50:02 AM

I am so sorry to hear about that, very sad
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mainenightowl
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:56:03 AM

I agree that if someone suffers a sneeze attack they should pull off the road if it is safe to do so until they're done sneezing. It's too bad that tragedies like this have to occur.
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hollyskuza
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 6:29:07 PM

So sad ...my thoughts and prays go out to the families that have had a loved one passed away.

ppl need to try and pull off to the side carefully and gain compossure again.
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hollyskuza
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 6:29:07 PM

So sad ...my thoughts and prays go out to the families that have had a loved one passed away.

ppl need to try and pull off to the side carefully and gain compossure again.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 5:50:05 AM

Texting while driving and DUI kills more ppl than sneezing. It's unfortunate, but that's all there is.
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kuma2000
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 3:29:10 AM

sneezing kills
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captcarl5
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 2:31:58 PM

no texting while driving
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 5:59:58 AM

sad event, esp. before the holidays, but not extremely uncommon. Texting while driving kills way more ppl.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 12:49:07 PM

Is hi still sneezing??????????
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DriverDave
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 11:50:22 AM

It's time for the government to step in and ban this dangerous driving distraction! Steep fines and the threat of losing your license will teach people to not sneeze-and-drive. It's time to stop this before you or a loved one is hurt or even killed by this careless activity.

This message was brought to you by the Dripping-with-Sarcasm Association.
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Rainee64
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 10:52:19 AM

still a sad story
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:33:53 AM

Has anybody looked into hiccups?
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:33:04 AM

Come on gas buddies; this is the 4th day with this same article.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:19:45 AM

Old "news"....again.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:19:38 AM

Every time I try to remove this story I sneeze and hit the wrong button.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:13:04 AM

OLD news.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:09:24 AM

...please delete this old story..........................................
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:08:06 AM

not nice
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:07:53 AM

Why would anyone not wear a seatbelt?
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:07:44 AM

The more I think about this article the more upset I get because we will most likely never hear the final outcome of the victim settlement.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:07:33 AM

There are cobwebs on this one too.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:07:21 AM

to bad
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:06:18 AM

everything can kill. ppl need to learn to deal with this.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:06:13 AM

Freak accident.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:06:06 AM

Missouri tragedy: sneezing at the wheel can kill....
Driverless computer robot cars have the ability to use radar, lidar, lasers, cameras, GPS, the ability to keep you in the lane and at the correct speed for the street or road you are on, the computer is always on and has the ability to see through fog, rain, sleet, snow and many other conditions that a person could Not be able to view ahead. The cars computer is able to react to stopped traffic ahead and avoid the crash or lessen the impact.
And those people that say they have to be able to drive their vehicle, will they be the ones that are dead at the wheel?
Would a computer vehicle have been able to save lives and lessen the injuries when this massive pile up occurred?
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, the vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:04:49 AM

ok.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:04:29 AM

A mere fraction of what drunk driving causes.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:02:23 AM

Really. Sleeping at the wheel does too.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:02:21 AM

Yeah, sneezing could kill, but how in the world would one know they were going to sneeze.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:02:01 AM

Wheel sneezing kills
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:01:26 AM

What about farting?
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:00:12 AM

Let's move on to some newer news!
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:59:56 AM

Just can't keep your eyes open
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:59:40 AM

ok.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:59:17 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:59:14 AM

tragic
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:59:00 AM

3 days
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:58:42 AM

old
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nerde
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:57:26 AM

Same story for 3 days?
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:56:33 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:55:16 AM

Seatbelt or no seatbelt, when it's your time, it's time, should be my choice anyway, not the govt.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:54:46 AM

Old news! C'mon GasBuddy, isn't there more recent news than this?
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:54:23 AM

old news.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:54:10 AM

I'm tired of seeing this post.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:53:26 AM

day 3 for this story
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:53:07 AM

Fate in action
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:53:01 AM

I am with you Meltz. I live 5 miles from where this happened. She probably would have survived if she had her seatbelt on.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:50:31 AM

I still don't understand how a person's first action upon entering a car is not putting on the seat belt. I realize this is a tragic event, but wearing her seat belt probably would have saved her life.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:49:29 AM

Older than the previous post
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