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VDubBill
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 9:50:35 AM

Friends of a Kansas City single mother killed Wednesday in a car accident apparently caused by another driver’s sneezing attack prayed Friday for the mother’s 1-year-old son.

The boy, injured in the accident near Smithville Lake, remained in serious condition Friday at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

“We are pretty much in shock and just having a hard time wrapping our heads around the whole thing,” said Cheryl Krecker, a friend and colleague of Laura McClendon, 30.

McClendon had taken a new job this summer after working for about five years with Krecker at Cramer LLC, a Kansas City office seating manufacturer.
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bston
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:40:02 PM

Accidents can occur in many way & circumstances.
SycamoreISU
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:42:06 AM

I have heard that it's impossible to keep one's eyes open while sneezing, and I've seen people sneeze 6 or 7 times in a row, so I can see this scenario happening. Even a bee in a car has caused major wrecks.
doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:22:57 AM

Anything can cause an accident at the wrong time. I just hope he recovers quickly.
teenitup
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:24:16 AM

Happens thousands of times everyday without accidents.
oilfreak
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 7:51:32 AM

Just shows anything can happen in a microsecond while driving.
blupupher
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 7:24:05 AM

sad news.
My wife had an accident from a sneezing fit once (luckily she was stopped and she was ok, just hit the garage door).
TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 6:36:04 AM

Sad
GasPriceHelp4u
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 6:28:39 AM

Really sad!!!
mandoid
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 6:26:57 AM

so sad
unipanini
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 2:02:48 AM

Wow. So sad.
Eugenian
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 1:18:02 AM

This is a sad story.
69Bonne
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:42:48 AM

Sad, but no seat belt. Maybe that would have helped.
jcdakota
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:35:18 AM

Sneezing causes death - outlaw sneezing in automobiles!!!!
arb0526
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:33:44 AM

Tough one on how the body reacts to foreign objects or dirty air. I've read about this many times.
AustinLee3
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:33:05 AM

That's odd, but I guess anything could happen while you're driving. Well, while you're doing anything to be more precise.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:32:21 AM

Not much that you can say.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:32:20 AM

Gesundheit! No seatbelt on the victim and no insurance on the sneezer...For shame...
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:31:23 AM

Uninsured motorist- this trumps the sneezing claim.
WhiteTreeIndian
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:30:47 AM

Well not much you can say except use seat belts more often.
WhiteTreeIndian
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:27:52 AM

Sounds like a freak accident but then,,,
greatartiste
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:27:25 AM

every time I sneeze, I lose vision for a split second, so I see how accidents can happen...
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:27:22 AM

Bless you.
HA4CNN
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:24:10 AM

What will they sneeze at next.
mpg611
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 11:17:49 PM

Sweet Mother. Soon there will be no sneezing while driving laws.......
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 10:50:29 PM

Strange stuff.
schatzila
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 10:37:01 PM

No one can sneeze with their eyes open.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 10:25:54 PM

Maybe she couldn't control her sneezing, but she should not have been driving without insurance.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 9:45:27 PM

talk about bad timing
exyouen
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 9:09:07 PM

does she have allergies? was she taking allergy meds? sue the pharmaceutical company!
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 8:47:16 PM

It could happen to anybody.
knutzAL
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 8:46:40 PM

read somewhere that you are actually dead when sneezing. functions making the brain do its thing are interupted.
Cashless
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 8:43:05 PM

Sneezing sucks.
TableTalk
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 7:25:39 PM

It's an accident and the people are being held responsible for their unintentional actions.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 7:00:24 PM

How sad.
alterman156
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 6:35:52 PM

Be careful. If you think you're going to have a sneezing attack, pull over.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 6:27:30 PM

I feel sorry for them. Somebody should find a ceasesneezer!
sciotosix
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 5:38:45 PM

How can you avoid a sneeze?
SNOWMI
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 5:09:35 PM

I sneeze sometimes while driving, but this does not affect me, because i try to drive safe and look far ahead and far behind with my mirrors constantly so if something were to come up, i can safely slow down or maneuver. This is what semi truck drivers train for; are always looking far ahead and in mirrors so in case something comes up, they know where to go. DRIVE SAFE people!
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 4:54:15 PM

I'm always apprehensive when I'm driving and have to sneeze since they usually come in threes with me. And it's hard enough to just catch my breath between them that paying attention to driving is near impossible.
Tucker16
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 3:39:28 PM

Crazy.
dbellie
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 3:10:02 PM

god bless her
amerk73
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 2:04:46 PM

so bad
cmmattia
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 2:00:29 PM

sounds like it was her time :(
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 1:20:09 PM

Agree it is hard to stop a sneeze and anticipate when it comes. Sad to have this happen that some one was killed and the child is in serious condition.
vjs3
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 1:10:46 PM

Choking, sneezing, heart attack - the list goes on... Unfortunately, we can not avoid these and other medical situations. Hopefully if they do occur we have enough time and thought to pull over safely out of traffic.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 12:50:42 PM

what a bad situation to find yourself in, sneezing while driving.
teenitup
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 12:50:13 PM

Difficult to avoid, a sneeze is.
Ply440GTX
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 12:44:41 PM

A really bad deal all around...
Inattentiveness/complacency I believe is still a larger problem/killer than a sneezing attack. A reason the person I hit is not here today. She took a horrible risk in NOT knowing if traffic was clear and went ahead and drove across the road. The wreck was unavoidable. I can still see her...
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 12:35:38 PM

I find that when I sneeze while driving it is almost always timed with an action that requires the eye to remain open such as meeting an oncoming car on a narrow road or mid-turn. Have you ever tried to keep your eyes open when sneezing? Don't believe it can be done.
Rhino8of8
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 12:31:20 PM

If you can't sneeze and still drive... unless it was a sneezing attack, that is. A single sneeze shouldn't have that much affect! Loosen grip when you feel it approaching so you don't jerk the wheel.
cdrrod
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 12:18:54 PM

How can you avoid a sneeze?
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