Vehicle Spared from HdG Yacht Basin Fall

A man accidentally drove off the edge at the Havre de Grace waterfront Saturday.

Vehicle at the Havre de Grace City Yacht Basin on Jan. 11, 2014. (Credit: Harford Fire Blog)
Vehicle at the Havre de Grace City Yacht Basin on Jan. 11, 2014. (Credit: Harford Fire Blog)
A vehicle nearly took a dip into the Havre de Grace City Yacht Basin Saturday afternoon.

The Susquehanna Hose Company was called around 2 p.m. for a vehicle that was reportedly in the water off Commerce Street.

Instead of bearing right after entering the yacht basin parking lot, a man in his 70s drove toward the water and accidentally accelerated once he got there, Havre de Grace police told The Dagger.

The vehicle had gone over the parking block and partly over the bulkhead, according to Susquehanna Hose Company Chief Scott Hurst.

A city maintenance barge caught the vehicle, which saved the life of the man, police told The Dagger.

Firefighters secured the vehicle, Hurst told Patch.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident, according to Hurst.

Police said the driver was not impaired and would not be charged, The Dagger reported. There was little damage to the barge, police told The Aegis.

A flood watch was in effect for most of Maryland, including Harford County, on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, which reported drivers should be extra careful on roads due to fog. A small craft advisory was also in effect.
Samantha Walls January 11, 2014 at 08:57 PM
Omg are u serious
Captain Steve Weisbrod January 12, 2014 at 12:12 PM
i thought this only happened in florida.
Linda Hoffecker January 12, 2014 at 01:14 PM
And, no charges? Wow, I wonder why I got a warning one time when I parked my little CRV under the trees at the top of the hill behind the parking lot so my dog would be cool.... Vehicles and trailers park there when they have tournaments or the lot of full so I didn't see what the big deal was for just trying to keep my dog comfy. ?
John January 12, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Not the first time that's happened at the park. Last time the driver made it ALL the way onto a boat and sunk it. Aquaman was a crafty driver. There's no posted signs prohibiting one from driving onto a boat or into the water, but then that might put one under DNR jurisdiction for an improperly registered watercraft :) Glad the driver was unhurt?
Linda Hoffecker January 12, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Yes, glad no one was hurt but to not be 'cited' since there was no impairment doesn't seem quite like H de G! Yes, under DNR, probably. Next time, if the guy lets me know when this will occur, I will park my boat there and w/insurance $, buy a newer one. Bring him on.
Tag-Along January 13, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Why would the driver not be cited with anything? There were PLENTY of OBVIOUS reasons to cite this driver!? The stupidity of some drivers and law enforcers still amazes me!
John January 13, 2014 at 06:15 PM
What would you cite the driver for?why? To what end? This isn't Europe where there must be a finding of guilt and responsibility for every incident. It was an accident. Could it just possibly be his foot was wet, or the parking lot was slippery, or maybe a goose startled him, maybe he just wanted to run over a fat seagull. hell maybe he's just old?? Sounds like an axe to grind.
Linda Hoffecker January 13, 2014 at 09:06 PM
Reckless driving, pure and simple.
Linda Hoffecker January 13, 2014 at 09:12 PM
If it's that he's 'old', is that an 'excuse'? I am 77, but that's an added incentive to be extra vigilant at the wheel of my vehicles, and boat, because as we age, we do lose a certain amount of alertness and ability to react quickly. When it gets to that point, the license, sadly, has to go.
John Cole January 14, 2014 at 02:29 AM
John: I would like to disavow your concept of European law. There is far less "finding of guilt and responsibility" than there is in the USA. Unlike the US system, the cause is analyzed, and, if found to be purely accidental, there is no drive to penalize.
Mindful January 14, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Personally I believe he should not have been cited. However, because the law is discriminatory the more rules apply across the board the better all of us are as a society. A younger person, especially of color would have been cited.
Tag-Along January 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM
To those saying this driver didn't deserve a citation need to be aware this driver failed to maintain vehicle control. Article states he pressed the accelerator instead of the brake. THAT is reason enough for a citation. And for those bringing up race and age, yes, sadly profiling does happen. But, this gentleman failed to keep control of his vehicle. And yes, it could have been an "accident" but "accidents" can still cause property damage, injure others and potential kill innocent people. This driver was just plain lucky to not have caused any of that. The law needs to apply to ALL equally. He broke the law, plain and simple.
Mindful January 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM
That's true and I agree. He should have been charged like most of us would have been.
John January 15, 2014 at 05:15 PM
So every time someone runs through their garage door, or runs over their kids bike in the driveway or backs into a parking sign or drives their car off the end of the launching ramp deserves to ..... Gotcha. The officers investigated, evaluated and determined no charges were warranted. If there's any damage to the 50 year old city barge I'm sure the drivers insurance will reimburse the city for damages. I still say there's a few folks here that have an axe to grind with HdG PD.
Just Wondering January 15, 2014 at 09:22 PM
@John it is not about running into his garage or running over a kids bike, it is about failure to follow flow of traffic and maintain control of vehicle. Anyone else younger would have been cited at least for failure to maintain control of vehicle. Lucky this was the off season and the snack bar wasn't open he could have ran over someone or someone's child. At his age it needs to documented that he is starting to have problems driving not after he kills someone by accident. Next time it maybe a drive in 7-eleven oops forgot to hit brake and possibly kill someone.
John January 15, 2014 at 10:05 PM
Well then they might as well sit at the bottom of the hill and hand out tickets to nearly every car that rides through tidings park if that's the case.
Linda Hoffecker January 15, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Concerned has a good point; off season.. Is this guy John's dad? :)
John January 16, 2014 at 05:23 AM
Uh, no.:) Just someone who knows zero tolerance is not effective policing, and that most police departments wouldnt even issue a police report in the absence of personal injury, much less cite someone for a violation. Glad no one was injured as I said before.
Tag-Along January 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Running in to your garage door or your kid's bike would be done on PRIVATE property, you still hold fault, even if it was an "accident". But because this happened on public property it is grounds for a citation.
John January 16, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Well ,apparently the officers involved and I agree......:)
Linda Hoffecker January 16, 2014 at 01:19 PM
I feel like an 8 yr old trying to prove a point. Last post on this topic for me. Time to get to some more urgent things like cleaning the house. :)
John January 16, 2014 at 02:10 PM
:) I got your point. I don't agree with it and believe you have an axe to grind with our local police because you received a written warning, not a ticket, for parking your vehicle in the middle of the park. I'm merely defending the discretion exercised by the officer. I won't get into the debate over whether aged drivers or frequently cited drivers should be subjected to frequent proficiency testing to maintain their drivers licenses. The AARP would be all over it.


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