UPDATE: Elderly Man Rescued from Burning Vehicle after Hitting Several Cars in School Lot

Driver hospitalized with unknown injuries after bizarre crash at Shorewood High School.

Updated 12:22 p.m. on Jan. 23 with new details from Shorewood police

Police say, the elderly man who was taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon after hitting several cars in the parking lot, sparking his car on fire, suffered from an undetermined medical condition.

Around 2:30 p.m., the man hit five legally parked, unoccupied cars in the lot, before jumping the curb and coming to a rest in the northeast corner.

Emergency personnel arrived to find the man still in the car, and the car on fire. Shorewood Police Chief David Banaszynski said in a heroic effort, two officers broke a window and pulled the man from the car. He added the car was engulfed with flames when police arrived and any hesitation on their part could have proved fatal.

"Forty to 50 seconds later, it could have been worse," he said.

Police are still unaware of the man's condition as of Monday morning, but he is expected to survive injuries.

Police continue to investigate the circumstances behind the accident.

The Donny Show January 22, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I totally agree James. I would not want Anne to EVER accuse me of being drunk around her ever so precious family members and her still yet to be clarified "partner"
Cricket January 23, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Anne - judging from comments you have made on other articles I sense you are a troubled gal............................just saying.
Cricket January 23, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Just one more lunatic that lives in Shorewood - great.
Cricket January 23, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Who's judging Anne? You are - you are assuming he was drunk, the rest of us were not. Seems like you are the mean spirited one. I don't think I am a bully, I just call them like I see them. I love Shorewood despite it's left lean, and I have probably lived here a lot longer than you. Life is more about politics Anne. Actually, the "comments" I was referring to you making had nothing to do with whether you are left or right. You just sound a little unhinged to me, you seem to make a lot of comments with made up words/chirping sounds - that's strange. Why don't you make a constructive comment instead of talking like a child. By the way, Alberta represents Shorewood too so I guess I am already in Darling country. If you can bash a man that had an accident that we know nothing about the origins I can bash a lunatic liberal. Better go take your meds Anne.
Teense January 23, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Is there any update to this story? Is the man driving the car ok? I was in the building at the time and it appeared as though this elderly man had a medical emergency. It was not a drunken wayward minivan by any stretch of the imagination.
The Donny Show January 23, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Please enlighten me oh so brilliant one. Please tell me what you know. I havent a clue. Is your partner ok? Is he/she/it shaken?
Absolutelyfabulous January 23, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Cricket- Great comments. Just laughing a bit right now. If this guy was "drunk" as Anne pointed out to everyone how did he make it to the parking lot in the 1st place w/out crashing into anyone along the way and be able to stop at all the right times/lights/signs w/out blowing through since he obviously couldn't do it in the parking lot? Then again he could be one of those old timers who regularily uses either the pool/hot tob or fitness center and was slamming beers in the locker room. My guesses are as follows: He either had 1) a heart attack 2) seizure 3) missed taking some meds 4) combo of the above. Either way, I hope he is ok.
Absolutelyfabulous January 23, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Ooops, forgot 5) Stroke.....
The Donny Show January 23, 2012 at 04:21 PM
This will surely devastate Anne. She was REALLY hoping her "partner" and kids escaped the path of a wayward alchie. This RUINS her story.
Cricket January 23, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Anne - Unless your family has owned one of the older homes in Shorewood like mine does, I doubt it. I am also not that old that anything close my birth would constitute much "history". You started the contest Anne with your ignorant comment. If you had left out the word "nice" in the beginning, the rest of us would probably not have commented. Since this is your 3rd or 4th time back at the comments section too, sounds like you are trolling as well. But hey, the weather has been kind of crummy. I will have to say though that your last comment is definitely more mature. Anytime you put the word "turd" in a sentence it kind of sounds juvenile. I am going to go find myself something to do now.
Absolutelyfabulous January 23, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Any contact info so us "Trollers" can maybe pool some $$$ and send flowers? Trader Joes has great prices on small arrangements. Pick a florist/bouquet and set a limit and anyone interested can contribute whatever until the limit is met and said florist can make the deliver courtesy of the TROLLERS. I'm sure that would lift his spirits knowing that he not only made the news but gets flowers out of it after he gets hit with some outrageous hospital bill and his auto insurance is either cancelled or premium is exhorbitantly increased upon review.
Bob McBride January 23, 2012 at 07:05 PM
That's a nice thought, AF. Maybe Adam could check to see if the gentleman or his family would be agreeable to letting that information out.
Absolutelyfabulous January 23, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Actually, I would be more interested in knowing what/if any insurance this man had and if he needs any financial support outside of a bouquet of flowers and family/self ability to cover costs. Seriously, it's the thing to do today is set up a fund/update page via Caringbridge or whatever and solicit donations for a persons particular medical needs/associated costs. They did it for the lady who walked into a propeller in Texas and lost her left hand and eye and they are also doing it for Sarah Burke, the freestyle skier who just died and family was hit w/ a $200,000 or so medical bill. $5-10 can add up and is really no skin off of ones back (or I should say many people, though not all) especially for one in need. It's not that hard and I'd personally rather stay anonymous in any situation like this and maybe Adam McCoy/Patch could get some more info/be point person..
Naive One January 23, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Hey, hey, hey, we are getting unruly. Every time a caustic remark is added to this story, the lights in my house dim. There is only one to resolve this as adults. A pie eating contest at Baker's square. Cricket and Anne will square off and Bob McBride will be the judge. (I will pay for the pies.) Adam will cover the event for the Patch. Bano will supply the security, and AbFab will choose the pies. This first one to vomit, or is unable to continue with the pie-eating will have to admit defeat. Eating with forks will be allowed, and you must eat the crusts, not just the filling. Let me know.
Absolutelyfabulous January 23, 2012 at 08:59 PM
A little unruliness can go a long way...."Shorewood Patch...an online community news forum where people come not only to sh*t on, but also be sh*t upon" BTW, Bano's little Bro is a manager @ Baker's Square so you might even score some discounts for the big event.
Cricket January 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I love pie - I'm in. Takes a lot for me to puke - let me know.
Bob McBride January 23, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I'm just a little concerned about the forks.
Naive One January 23, 2012 at 09:48 PM
OK, all we need is Anne and we are 'on'.
Cricket January 23, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Anne - I too abhor drunks. If the article had stated it was someone in their 20's or 30's I may have thought the same. When they said he was elderly my first thought was a medical emergency. You are entitled to your opinions as I am mine. Fortunately or unfortunately, we get to voice our opinions and the opinions of others in the comments section of the various papers and it can tend to get out of hand. I am now going to put my acid tongue away until the pie eating contest.
Joe Shorewood January 24, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Thank you to the two officers who risked their lifes to save the gentleman.
The Donny Show January 24, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Forget the officers. Thank god "partner" was not in the line of destruction. Right Anne.
S Yanoff January 24, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Hi...sorry but there were so many comments that I only took the time to skim them. Am I correct in that I read that Alberta Darling got some guy elderly guy drunk with rum-based pies from Baker's Square and that he tore around the high school parking lot at 3:15 p.m. on a school day and killed two police officers? If so, please count me in for a donation to the police department as well.
Bob McBride January 24, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Close enough - send money.
Keith Schmitz January 24, 2012 at 03:33 AM
It's strange there still has been no identity of who it was.
N. Peske January 24, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I don't think we need to know who it was--I'm sure the gentleman's friends and family have learned by now who it is and are able to lend support. I'm glad he's got his privacy--it must have been very upsetting for him. That said, kudos to our police officers! Great work!
Absolutelyfabulous January 24, 2012 at 01:30 PM
N Peske- "I'm sure the gentleman's friends and family have learned by now who it is and are able to lend support." Really, "you're sure"? How did you come to that conclusion w/out knowing anything about this person/his family/their circumstances? OOOps, maybe this "story" isn't taking on the ARC that you think it should. I'll let Patch decide as to whether they want to pursue this any further and see if anything needs/can be done to assist this person, if they need any, however small or large it may end up being. From my own experience, when either of my parents were in the hospital w/ ailments in their later years, they didn't want any of their friends to know of their condition or that they were in the hospital. Immediate family only. Only until after they were released and then they would brush over whatever may have occurred if the subject ever came up. Though, financially they were in a position to never be burdened/overwhelmed w/ whatever bills followed. Also, who knew an 80 yr. old man could enjoy a hospital room filled w/ all different types of bouquets of flowers..(Trader Joes). Sitting there all day, waiting for tests to be run/therapy sessions to go through and eating crappy/tasteless food gets old real quick. At least patients can now overlook Lake Michigan @ the new St. Mary's, but most people can't wait to get out of the hospital because it's a pretty depressing place to be.
Cricket January 24, 2012 at 01:54 PM
My dad spent many a day in the hospital and it is surprising that "hippa" isn't enforced very well. I hope this gentleman is afforded the privacy he deserves while he heals from his injuries. This must have been very traumatic for him. We are very fortunate to have a top notch police force in Shorewood. Best wishes to all.
The Donny Show January 24, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Totally agree Keith. WHO IS THE PARTNER we keep hearing of?
Wonderful Life January 24, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I'm with Yanoff!
Absolutelyfabulous January 24, 2012 at 11:51 PM
S Yanoff- You should look into being a beat reporter for a local news station. I can only imagine how you could enhance the daily drive by shootings/murders that occur in the city. At least people could enjoy some of what's being reported day in & day out. You take Ted Baxter reporting to new level.


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