Elderly Woman Crashes Into Florida Supermarket
An elderly woman acidentally crashed her car through a store front, mowing down a group of people as bystanders rushed to help. INSIDE EDITION reports.
A terrifying crash was caught on tape. A car barreled through the front door of a supermarket, mowing down 10 people, including a three-month-old baby boy in his stroller.
Horrified shoppers called 911.
One caller screamed on the phone to the operator, "Oh my God! A car just came through Publix on Belle Terre Parkway."
A Toyota Camry, driven by a 76-year-old woman, slammed through the front door of a supermarket in Orlando, Florida and into a row of customers. It happened so fast, the people inside had no time to react.
Frantic customers and store employees scramble to help.
In the 911 call, the panic of the customers was vibrant.
Caller: "Oh my god!"
911: "You said the driver's ok, correct?"
Caller: "Yes ma'am, but there's a person pinned under the car."
911: "You said somebody's pinned?"
Caller: "Yes, ma'am."
Incredibly, everyone survived, but an 83-year-old man who was pinned under the car was seriously injured. Everyone around joined in to hoist the car off of him.
One another miracle was the three-month-old baby who was in that stroller, escaped with only a bump on his head. He and his 33-year-old mother are recuperating; they've just been released from the hospital.
The scary accident caused by an elderly driver is renewing the national debate about how old is too old to drive? It's especially important as the nation's population ages and more and more elderly drivers remain behind the wheel driving their cars.
INSIDE EDITION's Diane McInerney asked Robert Sinclair, Jr. of AAA, "Is this becoming a growing problem?"
Sinclair, Jr. said, "It is a growing problem because the population of seniors is growing exponentially."
In 2010, a 84-year-old woman defied death, speeding the wrong way down a highway for miles. She narrowly missed colliding with trucks and cars whizzing in the opposite direction on I-95 outside Philadelphia. She reportedly told cops she was on her way to the dentist and was unaware she was going the wrong way.
And in 2011, an 83-year-old man drove his pickup truck the wrong way on one of America's busiest highways at up to 90 miles-per-hour. It ended when he slammed into a concrete divider on I-5 near San Diego.The elderly man survived but was injured. It turned out he was driving with a suspended license.
In the Orlando supermarket accident, the driver reportedly told authorities she accidently hit the gas when she meant to brake. She was described as "devastated" by what happened.
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