An elderly church deacon who had a plaque on the windshield of her car that reads “God is my co-pilot” — and an open Bible she was presumably reading on the dashboard — fatally struck a homeless man in Brooklyn, according to witnesses.
Eighty-year-old Lillian McTodd turned left a green light, but ignored or somehow did not notice the man pushing a shopping cart containing bottles in the middle of the crosswalk, according to police.
“I didn’t know him, never saw him before,’’ McTodd told the New York Post after the accident. The man was returning from turning in part of his bottle collection to a local beer distributor. He died with $6.35 to his name.
“I heard the boom first. I looked up, and she was trying to stop,” one witness told the Post. “She said she didn’t see him at all. She ran over him, and then the tire started screeching.”
The unidentified homeless man was pronounced dead on the spot, according to officials. McTodd, despite driving with an open book on the dashboard and striking a pedestrian on the sidewalk, will not be charged with a crime.
God must be a slightly worse co-pilot than his son is a driver (yes, yes, apples and oranges). Recently a woman heard Jesus tell her to let him take the wheel, so she let go and swerved into the next lane, flattening a motorcycle rider. She then continued to drive to her destination. Unlike McTodd, she faces criminal charges.