Car Plows into Parade Crowd, Injures 60
4 seriously injured in Damascus, Virginia
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2013 4:52 PM CDT
Emergency personnel respond to one of the people hit by a car, at right, during the beginning of the Hikers Parade at the Trail Days festival in Damascus, Virginia.   (AP Photo/Bristol Herald Courier, Earl Neikirk)

(Newser) – Up to 60 people have been injured, some critically, after a man drove a car into a crowd during a parade in southwestern Virginia. Three victims were flown to hospital via helicopter, and another 12 to 15 went by ambulance, after being struck while watching the Hikers Parade at a festival celebrating the Appalachian Trail in the small mountain town of Damascus, reports the AP. Four of the victims are considered seriously injured, adds the Bristol Herald Courier.

The identity of the driver, and why he drove into the crowd, are still unknown. Witnesses say he was an elderly man—one who recognized him says he's 80—and came in from a side street, driving into the crowd for more than 100 feet before stopping, Some victims were trapped underneath the car. "He was hitting hikers," said a witness, "I saw hikers just go everywhere."

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clmsman
May 20, 2013 2:25 PM CDT
This is the problem with most of these state and their licensing. I moved to AZ in 95 I was 37 at the time my license does not come up for renewal until 2023. Now how much can happen in a persons life and health in that many years. And once it renews its going to be about 15 years beyond that point before I am tested again. Its nuts not testing people in their late 70s and 80s at least every other year.
K.KRANK
May 19, 2013 3:27 PM CDT
Turned that big old car into a WMD he did. Sad, the bad thing is that could be any of us when we're 80 years old & age has reduced our senses & reflexes to what they were like at the age of 3 :( I see this happening more & more as the population ages :(
Mr_Joshua
May 19, 2013 10:58 AM CDT
Doing it right down under. We made restrictive gun laws work, laws that the US can't even get it's head around and we will now tackle the issue of old drivers. Five year tests fall short, older drivers now face annual medical test http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/five-year-tests-fall-short-older-drivers-now-face-annual-medical-test/story-e6freoof-1226646320272 And you can call me.................Mr Joshua