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
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)

(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.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Apr 28, 2014 10:31 AM CDT
Sad to see it happen to Ferrels. We had them in my town in the 80's and it was the best place. My cousins still talk about all of the birthday parties we had there and we always ordered what they called at the time, "The Pike's Peak." I think they changed the names of the mountains of dipped chocolate. So, this is an AARP issue of seniors running vehicles through buildings. The official AARP stance is to let insurers decide how old is old enough. The way it works is once an insurer looses faith in the individual driver, they will no longer be able to legally hold a license. The other is to let a physician decide. That's because in my state, a physician can report a patient to the Department of Public Safety. Once that happens, an administrative hearing is scheduled where the patient can defend themselves against a one year suspension. But once even AARP's own insurer finds out one of these hearings are scheduled, they will send a representative and that could mean cancellation. If a senior, like this one, kills someone, that means a maximum payout of the policy for the insurer. That usually brings an automatic cancellation. It also means the DPS will look at it and may issue a permanent revocation after a hearing. The worst case of senior killing people in my state was a truck driver for Affiliated Foods. He plowed into a dozen cars while going 80mph. He said, "I didn't plow into anybody, they drove under my truck and I had no control." He surrendered his license and had to settle with the families thus emptying his retirement fund. Affiliated Foods took a more than $50 M hit. A reporter tried to visit the old geizer in Missouri and his wife said, "He's not talking. We are now living off social security because our retirement we had been saving for 50 years is gone. Please go away."
Shata
Apr 27, 2014 12:48 PM CDT
I guessed what the story would be just by the headline. Why do these old people still get DL? Sue the DMV for giving it to him and sue the family memebers for allowing this old fart to drive. My mom CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT DRIVE- We made sure she does not have any keys and I reported to the DMV that she is not able to drive.
kgc
Apr 26, 2014 3:13 PM CDT
To the writer of this blurb - Buena Park is not Los Angeles.