Driver Backs Out of Spot, Hits 7, Kills 3
Then hit a curb, some trees, and ended up in a canal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 6, 2014 9:25 AM CST
In this March 29, 2011 photo, a Chevrolet Tahoe sits in a parking spot in Biloxi, Miss.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(Newser) – A 79-year-old woman mistakenly backed into seven people in a parking lot with her SUV Sunday, killing three of them and injuring four. The Florida Highway Patrol said yesterday that Doreene Landstra of Palmetto has been ordered to appear in court next month after receiving a citation for improper backing. The collision happened at a mobile home community about 45 miles south of Tampa. Residents had gathered for church services inside a clubhouse building. According to a police report, Landstra began backing her 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV out of a parking space, pulled forward when she realized she needed more room to clear another parked vehicle, and then struck the seven people when she began to back up again.

The AP previously reported that the Tahoe then proceeded to run over a curb, collide with some small trees, and come to rest in a canal, partially submerged. A trooper and witnesses said that the driver apparently thought she had the car in drive—and not reverse—when she pressed the gas pedal.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Feb 7, 2014 8:22 PM CST
AARP maintains there is no need to restrict drivers licenses. They propose its always up to the insurers to decide who is not able to drive. But the sad part of that is now these people have to file against her insurance which probably will not be much after dividing the limit among all the victims. So they will be forced to go after her savings if she has any. In the end, when these elderly people kill and loose the court cases, they end up having their home and social security, which can't be touched. That's what happened to an 80 year old truck driver for Affiliated Foods who killed 8 people. He lost his savings, retirement account, and job and is now relegated to watching out the front window of his home for the next reporter to do an update on his case from his modest home in Missouri.
cedarcitylover
Feb 7, 2014 2:20 PM CST
From the North border to the Keys.....Florida...Open Air Nursing Home. and they give these people a license to drive and it is the same as giving them a license to kill. " .Oh geesh, I'm sorry...Am I the one who ran over you?"
HANKHILL
Feb 7, 2014 11:58 AM CST
doh! when you see the car you are standing behind you should move out of the way! doh!