Maybe this is what was going on in that SUV blocking the path of the Erie fire engine. If so, then I truly understand why they didn't move.

MeganMariahBarnes
Megan Mariah Barnes

I am very open-minded and try to consider all sides and options before coming to a conclusion. When I posted a must see video from Erie, Pennsylvania late last night, I failed to live up to my own standards. For that I apologize to you, my loyal readers.

I brought up what I thought were two of the most obvious options for the vehicle not pulling out of the way of the responding rig. But now that I have become aware of a story on what caused a crash in the Florida Keys I realized there are is another option that could have kept the driver from moving to the curb: Safety.

Maybe, just maybe, they were being extra cautious while they were doing some personal grooming (emphasis on personal). In Cudjoe Key a woman and her ex-husband weren’t so cautious and police say they caused a collision injuring others.

Here are excerpts from Adam Linhardt’s story in Florida Key News:

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say a two-vehicle crash Tuesday at Mile Marker 21 on Cudjoe Key was caused by a 37-year-old woman driver who was shaving her bikini area while her ex-husband took the wheel from the passenger seat.

“She said she was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be ready for the visit,” Trooper Gary Dunick said. “If I wasn’t there, I wouldn’t have believed it. About 10 years ago I stopped a guy in the exact same spot … who had three or four syringes sticking out of his arm. It was just surreal and I thought, ‘Nothing will ever beat this.’ Well, this takes it.”

If that weren’t enough, Megan Mariah Barnes was not supposed to be driving and her 1995 Ford Thunderbird was not supposed to be on the road.

The day before the wreck, Barnes was convicted in an Upper Keys court of DUI with a prior and driving with a suspended license, said Monroe County Assistant State Attorney Colleen Dunne.

Barnes and Charles Judy were southbound in her Thunderbird at 11 a.m. when they slammed into the back of a 2006 Chevrolet pickup driven by David Schoff of Palm Bay. His passengers were a man and two women; the latter were treated for minor injuries at Lower Keys Medical Center, FHP spokesman Alex Annunziato said.

Barnes allegedly drove another half-mile, then switched seats with Judy, who allegedly claimed to be driving, Annunziato said.

“She jumps in the back seat and he moves over,” Dunick said. “It was like the old comedy bit, ‘Who’s on first?’ “

Burns on Judy’s chest from the passenger-side airbag deploying belied their story, Dunick said. The airbag in the steering wheel did not deploy, he said.

“My phone has been ringing off the hook all day, and I know there’s a funny side to this, but it’s also deadly serious. This is a scary road and a lot of bad wrecks are caused by dumb stuff like this,” Dunick said. “It is unbelievable. I’m really starting to believe this stuff only happens in the Keys.”

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