At least 9 children were injured when they were struck by a car that was being operated by a 100-year-old driver in Los Angeles recently.
The accident occurred when the driver was allegedly trying to back out his car, and ran over the schoolchildren as well as 2 adults.
According to Los Angeles police, the driver, who will turn 101 years old on September 5, was not driving under the influence of of alcohol or drugs. However, he seems to have reversed his car onto the road, striking the children as well as the adults in the process. At least 4 children were seriously injured. The children were crossing the road, soon after classes had ended.
In all, 11 people were injured in this accident. The child victims’ ages ranged all the way from 14 months to 14 years. Many of the children have been admitted to hospitals. Police say that the 100-year-old driver has a valid driver’s license. He is reported to have no history of traffic violations. He is believed to wear corrective lenses too, as reported in his license.
Not surprisingly, many car accident attorneys and safety experts are once again asking questions about whether elderly drivers need to have more restrictions imposed on them, before they continue driving. Under California law, drivers above the age of 70 years are required to get themselves subjected to vision and written tests. These tests must be completed every 5 years, and the drivers must pass the test, before they are allowed to renew their license.
The Los Angeles Police Department has begun an investigation into this accident. Investigators are specifically looking at whether the driver slammed on his accelerator pedal by mistake instead of his brake pedal. According to the driver’s family, he has decided to give up his driving privileges.
There are lessons here for families of senior motorists. Stay alert for any signs of diminishing driving abilities, like dents on the car after a trip, unnecessarily long trips, forgetfulness, and delayed reflexes.
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