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Car Plows Into Crowd at Outdoor Ohio Concert

Driver was among 9 injured
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 22, 2016 12:03 AM CDT
Car Plows Into Crowd at Outdoor Concert
This photo shows the cordoned site where a vehicle slammed into a crowd at an outdoor concert in Parma Heights, Ohio, on Sunday.   (WEWS-TV)

Police in Ohio are considering charges against a 74-year-old woman who hit the gas instead of her brakes and crashed into a crowd at an outdoor community concert in Ohio, injuring herself and eight other people, officials say. The woman drove onto a small, packed dance floor Sunday night in Parma Heights, about 10 miles south of Cleveland, Sgt. Steve Scharschmidt says. The incident happened in a parking lot right next to the city's police and fire departments. "We had an officer inside who had heard all the people screaming, and he went out the front door," Scharschmidt tells the AP.

The woman was leaving the concert when she confused the brake with the gas pedal as she was pulling out of a parking space, police say. She plowed into eight people on the dance floor, then crashed into a telephone pole and a vehicle as she tried to correct herself, officials say. Six people were taken to area hospitals, two of them with serious injuries. Three others, including the driver, were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Police say they believe the victims are all in their 50s, 60s, or 70s. There were more than 100 people at the Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin band tribute concert, the last of a series of outdoor community concerts this summer. (More Ohio stories.)

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