SUV Plows Into Crowd at Ice Cream Shop, Kills 1

81-year-old driver appeared to go forward instead of backing up

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 26, 2014 8:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – A woman is dead and six people are injured after an elderly man drove an SUV into a crowd of people waiting outside an ice cream parlor in LA last night, the AP reports. "It looked like the guy put his foot on the gas pedal instead of the brake," a man who was eating inside tells CBS Los Angeles. "There were three people sitting on that bench—he just went straight into them and crushed them up against the window." Another witness tells KTLA, "Literally people were sitting on the bench and their heads were up against the window and the car wouldn’t come off them."

The 81-year-old driver was leaving Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour with his wife at the time, police say, and it appears he went forward when he meant to reverse. Police say he appeared disoriented when questioned; neither he nor his wife were injured, and the investigation is ongoing. The 73-year-old woman who was killed got pinned between the car and a gate outside the restaurant, police say, and though witnesses tried to free her from under the car, she was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The other victims, who suffered minor to moderate injuries, include at least three children, ages 11, 12, and 13, and an adult male and female.

Poiice investigate a fatal parking lot accident at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park, Friday April 25, 2014.
Poiice investigate a fatal parking lot accident at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park, Friday April 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Paul Rodriguez)
The SUV sits at the spot in front of Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park, Calif., where one woman was fatally injured and six others received moderate to minor injuries.
The SUV sits at the spot in front of Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park, Calif., where one woman was fatally injured and six others received moderate to minor injuries.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Paul Rodriguez)
Police investigate a fatal parking lot accident at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park, Friday April 25, 2014.
Police investigate a fatal parking lot accident at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Buena Park, Friday April 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Paul Rodriguez)
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