Blind woman drives after 50 years

MGN Online
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 12:00am

A Beech Grove woman drove a car for the first time in 50 years. In 1963, Marsha Hoagland Dorsey's parents got her a brand new car for graduation. She was badly injured in an accident the day before she was supposed to get behind the wheel for the first time.

Today, with the help of some friends and family, Marsha was able to take her graduation present out for a spin.

Dorsey got behind the wheel of her car. She shut the door, turned the key and fired it up. This was no ordinary drive, though.

"Are you ready to hold on?" she laughed as she fastened her seatbelt.

Dorsey is blind. This is her first time ever to drive the 1963 Chevy Impala convertible

"It was wonderful," said Dorsey. "I have never gotten to drive her since we got her 50 years ago."

She calls the Impala her "Blue Angel".

"The doctor said I would never see again, and I have to be honest, I thought she is my guardian angel and I know someday I will get to see her," said Dorsey. "So I named her 'Blue Angel'."

Car and driver were reunited on the empty asphalt of the Lafayette Square parking lot.

"I know you are not supposed to love material things, but I love her," said Dorsey.

And with a little help from her co-pilot, a memory was made that Marsha will never forget.
"Oh, I thought she did pretty good, for me being behind the wheel," Dorsey said. "I thought she behaved pretty good. I was talking to her, as you know, the whole time." 


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