It’s never a good idea to mistake the gas pedal in a car for the brake. That error was deadly for several Florida residents who were run over by an SUV backing up in a parking lot. The driver – a 79-year-old woman – killed three people and caused serious personal injury to four others.
The fatal accident happened on the morning of Feb.1 outside a clubhouse in a mobile home community in Bradenton, several hours outside Miami. The woman was inside her SUV attempting to back out of a parking space. She needed more room, so she attempted to pull forward. However, she went in reverse instead and hit seven people.
The woman continued driving in reverse, hitting a curb and trees. Her vehicle ended up in a canal. She and her passenger were unharmed in the accident. The three people who died ranged in age from 70-80 years old. The other four are in serious condition. One man had visible tire tracks covering his body.
The woman faces no criminal charges yet, but an investigation is still underway. Police say that alcohol was not a factor in the accident. It is unknown exactly why the woman did not stop before hitting the victims, but witnesses believe the woman thought she had the vehicle in drive instead of reverse.
The woman’s negligence may have been just a lapse of judgment, but her actions caused serious injury and death to multiple people. Even if she faces no criminal charges, she will likely face wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits for the damages she caused.
Source: ABC News, “Police: Alcohol Not Suspected in Fatal Fla. Crash” No author given, Feb. 02, 2014