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Elderly Man Runs Over 11 in South Los Angeles

An elderly driver recently backed onto a sidewalk outside of a Los Angeles elementary school and ran over nine children and two adults. The pedestrian accident occurred shortly after classes let out one day and the children gathered to buy snacks from a street vendor in front of the south Los Angeles school.

A fire department spokesperson said that four of the children were in critical condition when emergency crews arrived and but that passersby helped pull them from underneath the 100-year-old driver’s blue Cadillac. The driver’s birthday was last week and he is now 101.

“My brakes failed,” the man said. “It was out of control. You know I’m sorry about that. I wouldn’t do that for nothing on earth. My sympathies for them.”

Authorities have not arrested the elderly driver in this case and noted that he stayed on the scene and has a valid driver’s license.

The Associated Press reports that this is one of many high profile pedestrian accidents involving older drivers. In 2003, 10 people were killed and 63 were injured when an 86-year-old driver stepped on the gas pedal of his car instead of the brake at a Santa Monica open-air market.

Source: USA Today, “Police: 100-year-old driver hits 11 near L.A. school,” Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, Aug. 30, 2012