Elderly driver crashes truck into Las Vegas store, injuring 26

Sat Mar 1, 2014 10:10pm EST

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(Reuters) - An elderly driver accidentally crashed her pickup truck into a Las Vegas grocery store on Saturday, injuring 26 people and sending nine to the hospital, police said.

It was unclear why the woman, who was in her mid-80s, drove into the Food 4 Less store but it did not appear to be deliberate, said Lieutenant Ken Romane of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Nine people with minor to moderate injuries, including two children, were taken to hospitals but none of them had life-threatening wounds, Romane said. Another 17 people were treated on the scene.

Romane said an investigation of the incident continues and the woman has not been charged.

The truck plowed through the glass front doors of the store, striking shoppers and employees before coming to a stop at the rear of the building, Romane said.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City, Missouri; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Lisa Shumaker)

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WhyMeLord wrote:
OMG, mid-80′s and driving around Las Vegas?
By any definition of the words, she’s a domestic terrorist.
When you retire and don’t need to get to work, forfeit your license.
Save us all money on our insurance; get the gray-hairs off the road.

Mar 02, 2014 12:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:
I’m betting this woman had the accelerator pushed all the way to the floorboards, thinking, all the while, that she had her foot on the brakes. This seems to be a rather common occurrence with elderly drivers when they go into panic mode. Their brains virtually “lock up”!

Mar 02, 2014 10:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:
@gregbrew56;
There isn’t a person alive at 87 with the reflexes required to be
“safe-behind-the wheel”. They deserve to be chauffeured around, not out on the road where they’re a danger to themselves and others. When, not if, they get into an accident, chances are they’ll suffer injuries they won’t recover from, and live out their life in pain.
An ‘old curmudgeon’ might feel ‘put-upon’, but need to ‘get real’.

Mar 02, 2014 11:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
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