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A 100-year-old man is apologetic after barreling into a crowd of mostly school kids in Los Angeles and sending 11 people to the hospital.
"I'm sorry," Preston Carter told CNN affiliate KTLA. "I lost control of the car. The brakes failed, I think."
Nine children and two adults were taken to hospitals, according to Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, and most had bumps and bruises.
The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon when Carter was backing up from a grocery store near an elementary school in southern Los Angeles.
His Cadillac jumped the curb and plowed into the crowd, according to Richard French, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Classes had let out at Main Street Elementary School and students were waiting to be picked up by their parents when the crash happened.
Officers are investigating the incident, but it does not appear that Carter will be charged, police told the affiliate .
Police will also try to determine whether a malfunction with Carter's car led to the accident.
But whether the crash was caused by faulty brakes or not, the centenarian, who will turn 101 next month, will not be driving anymore, his daughter told the affiliate.
Originally posted by TrueBlood
Something really needs to be done about older drivers. I'm not saying we need an age limit on driving, but there really needs to be more eyes on who is able to drive past the age of 80. If the woman walking in can't hear, can't see, and fell asleep while waiting in line, chances are you should probably deny her license renewal.
Originally posted by Gwampo
reply to post by TrueBlood
while I pretty much agree with you on this all the way, I have to bring this up. These older people who are falling asleep randomly etc. are probably not in the best shape to be driving a car, but are still in good enough shape to be living on their own (not a senior living home) the issue arises about how/where to get their supplies.
they are going to run out of food, toilet paper, toothpaste, need new things, etc. So if they can't drive themselves, do they have to get a friend to do these things for them? what if they don't know anyone around them well enough to ask that kind of favor?
just something to consider
Originally posted by abeverage
One of these days I will run for office with my ideas.
After 75 you are tested yearly just like an eye test for competency in driving. If you fail your license is revoked although this may not stop many drivers for the reasons mentioned. But
With the internet you can order food and services to be brought to your door. Or join a program with pooling senior citizens taking trips to the market and stores.
Originally posted by Dizrael
reply to post by Gwampo
i say throw em in a "nursing community" small apartments with people on staff to help with errands. NO CARS!
this reminds me of the south park episode with elderly drivers.
Originally posted by Maxatoria, generally i'd say annual medicals would be a good start from 65+ to spot problems such as eyesight early and perhaps fixable rather than them being legally blind and still motoring away causing chaos