Although overrepresented, news stories of elderly drivers mistaking the brake for the gas pedal tend to generate views. The statistics reveal that these crashes are rarer than the media would make us believe; however, people are injured in these kinds of crashes often. The damages done to the buildings is often catastrophic, causing businesses to close and homes to become unlivable.
According to a study by the Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina, accidents where a person hits the gas pedal instead of the brake tends to involve older female drivers. Nearly two thirds of these accidents involved females. The females generally are over the age of 76 or under the age of 20.
The AJC reports that several people were injured when an SUV drove into Piedmont Hospital.
The crash occurred on Tuesday, June 30th at about 7:30 a.m.
According to police reports, the driver of the vehicle was arriving for an appointment at 7:40 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle in the circle drive outside the emergency room. The vehicle hit another car and then veered into the building.
The driver of the vehicle was not injured. The Mercedes-Benz she was driving hit two people and bumped several others.
A 55-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene and at least four other people were hurt. Their injuries were not considered to be life threatening.
It is not known what caused the 75-year-old driver of the vehicle to have lost control. The crash is still under investigation, but it does not appear to have been an intentional act.
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