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Mason City man’s car totaled after elderly woman runs stop light in Charles City



This news story was published on April 15, 2021.
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CHARLES CITY – A Mason City man’s car was totaled after an elderly woman ran a stop light in Charles City.

The accident occurred on April 5, 2021. Officers with the Charles City police department were called at 11:56 AM to the intersection of Highway 18 and Clark Street for a two-vehicle accident. A 2010 Ford Taurus owned by 41-year-old Matthew Bradley of Mason City was traveling eastbound on Clark Street when it was struck by a 2013 Chevy Captiva operated by 83-year-old Caroline Gabel of Charles City. Gabel was traveling southbound on Highway 18 and, according to police, failed to stop for a stop light at the intersection.

Police say both vehicles were a total loss.

Gabel was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.

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14 Responses to Mason City man’s car totaled after elderly woman runs stop light in Charles City

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    texting.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Anyone over the age of 70 should take a driving test before renewing their license.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 16, 2021 at 9:04 am

      People shouldn’t be allowed to drive when they are under 25. They have more tickets and accidents then anyone.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 16, 2021 at 12:15 pm

        fair enough, and a similar mandatory ban on anyone over 70 since that category is overrepresented in the statistics too?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 16, 2021 at 9:06 am

      Hey Braindead. People over 70 only get a two year license and have to go into D.O.T. to get a new one.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 16, 2021 at 12:14 pm

        true, but they are clearly are not held to the same standards as 16-year-olds. i watch my senile, 80+ neighbors back into garbage cans, car ports, run into curbs and even parked cars on a more or less regular basis as they drive around town. and knowing their personality there is NO way they’d be still driving had they gotten their licenses revoked.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 17, 2021 at 8:59 am

          What a crass statement. “Senile 80+ neighbors”? How do you know they are senile? I sincerely hope that when you are 80+, you have someone who will take care of you. Why do you think these people are still driving? Probably because their children don’t live in Mason City or don’t bother to come see them or ask them if they need something. What would you suggest they do – walk to the store?

  3. Concerned citizen Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Allowing an elderly relative to drive amounts to elder abuse.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2021 at 11:49 am

    What the heck was he doing in Charles City? Stay where you were born.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 15, 2021 at 2:14 pm

      That’s racist you know

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 15, 2021 at 2:16 pm

      If you pay attention to things. Matt works for a bank in Chucktown not KIMT anymore

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 15, 2021 at 3:04 pm

        Not on Clark street he doesn’t. Probably off to see his girl friend.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 15, 2021 at 11:29 pm

      He wasn’t born in Mason City.