NEW CANADA: Maine State Police have reported that a young woman, Alicia Fiordellisi, 19 years of age, was driving with a cat on her lap. She was driving in Aroostock County. The cat peed on her lap. The woman was distracted. She collided with a school bus carrying 58 students. The bus driver and some students were injured. Alicia suffered non-life-threatening-injuries to her head and leg in the accident which took place last Tuesday afternoon. However, sadly, her cat was killed.
Apparently she was travelling south on Route 161. She felt a wet spot on her trousers (‘pants’ in America) and looked down. When she looked up she had swerved into a bus travelling on the northbound lane. Fiordellesi hit the bus head on causing massive damage to the car. The police say that charges are pending by which they must mean that they are going to level charges against the woman: careless driving.
This article focuses on the cat. In hindsight, but perhaps in foresight, Fiordellisi should have realised that driving a car with a cat on your lap was not the best idea in that it jeopardises both the safety of the driver and the cat. Ideally and normally, cats should be in cat carriers when in cars; common sense, I know. That said, I remember many years ago driving to the West Coast of Ireland from London with two cats in the car and because of the length of the journey we had to let them out of the cat carriers. Nothing untoward happened but a risk was taken and I’m not sure that I would do it again today.
Perhaps Fiordellisi was taking her cat to the vet for cystitis. Just an idle thought.