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79-Year-Old Florida Driver Runs Over Seven Pedestrians, Kills Three

February 12, 2014
Colson Hicks Eidson

According to CNN, a 79-year-old Florida woman ran over seven pedestrians on February 2 while backing out of a handicapped space in a church parking lot, killing three people.

The elderly woman was backing out of a parking space in East Bradenton, Florida when she lost control of her Chevrolet SUV, striking seven pedestrians and crashing over a curb before driving into a creek. According to witnesses, the 79-year-old thought she put her SUV in drive but instead shifted into reverse.

Police officials reported that three elderly Bradenton residents died in the collision. Four others sustained serious injuries and were taken to a local hospital. The 79-year-old’s husband was in the car with her, and neither sustained injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) told CNN that charges are pending as the investigation continues, and stated that the accident was not alcohol-related.

What Should I Do If My Loved One Was Killed by a Negligent Driver?

One woman’s inattention while driving took the lives of three innocent people. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that driver error accounts for approximately 41 percent of all catastrophic motor vehicle accidents. Accidents involving motor vehicles kill thousands of people every year, with countless more suffering life-altering personal injuries that may require expensive medical bills as well as a need for a lifetime of treatment.

For over 40 years, the injury lawyers at Colson Hicks Eidson have fought for justice and compensation on behalf of the individuals and families who suffered serious injuries or are grieving the wrongful death of a loved one because of the negligence of a motorist. Speak with our injury lawyers today and tell us your story. We handle cases throughout the nation and around the globe.

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