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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.


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.”


Comments - Add Yours

  • Legeros

    It’s the resulting mental pictures that make this story so special…

  • FitSsikS

    I think I just threw up a little bit……..

    On a happier note I hope she had a lot of kids with her X and plans on having more with the new boyfriend.

    Gotta keep than genius gene active.

    Oh wait maybe the cop is nuts and he made the (w)hole thing up.

    There, I feel better.

  • Mike “FossilMedic” Ward


    How can you keep a straight face when posting these “special” items.

    The mental image is burning my brain!


  • Texas Gordo

    This sounds like a close shave for everyone involved.

    Forget the burn from the airbag, just look for the razor burn.

    I would like to know who lost out, and had to bag the evidence?

    If I were Ms. Barnes, I would have kept my mouth shut, and waited for the DNA results.

    What a great customer testimonial for the Thunderbird, “A ride so smooth, you can shave your Cat.”

    Was the Thunderbird an automatic or a standard transmission? This could have been a heavy rescue call for the impaled object.

    Aren’t we glad that Mr. Judy wasn’t shaving, that would have definitely been an amputation call.

    With all the attention paid to banning texting while driving, I only hope our elected authorities take a long hard look at this situation, and consider if it is something that should be allowed to continue. If the State of Florida is looking for applicants for that blue veined (I mean ribboned) committee, I certainly believe that I would be an excellent member. I am a stand-up guy, all though I will admit to angling more to the left than the right. And although short on stature, I have the endurance for these type of situations. At times I will jump out early and fall limp with exhaustion, but a positive word and a little nap, and I’m back on the job.

    And lastly Dave, any chance we can get the accident report with diagrams that the responding officer drew up.

  • totwtytr

    Umm, uh, umm, oh never mind. Does anyone have any mental floss? I need to clean the mental picture out of the crevices of my mind.

  • J Buffet

    With one hand on a beer and one on her cigarette, how could she operate a razor – lol