An elderly woman attempting to park in a church handicapped parking space, backed over a fellow parishioner – dragging the 66-year-old woman fifty feet under the car and killing her.
Witnesses said they heard a loud bang and screaming outside of St. Ambrose Catholic Church and saw the victim being dragged under the Buick Century driven by the 88-year-old woman. One witness told the Miami Herald, “She backed us so fast, dragging the poor woman, and a man came up and opened the door and put on the brake.”
The car finally came to a halt at the northeast corner of the church. The victim was taken to North Broward Regional Medical Center, where she died.
Driving and the Elderly
The number of elderly drivers on Florida’s roads and nationwide is expected to triple in the next 20 years. Although elderly drivers tend to drive more conservatively as their capabilities decline, they are still more likely to be involved in multi-car crashes than younger drivers. This is especially true at intersections.
Although some statistics indicate that the elderly crash rates are going down, an Australian study showed that those over age 75 are almost as dangerous as teenagers on the road. The researchers also found that drivers over 85 averaged four critical driving errors every time they got behind the wheel.
In Florida, after a license expires, drivers older than 80 are required to pass a vision test. Some 6,995 licenses were revoked in 2010 as a result. Depending on their mental or physical condition or driving record, they may be required to take a written exam.
Awareness for Drivers of All Ages
A Florida car accident lawyer at Farah & Farah understands the complex issues involved with driving and the elderly, but we also firmly believe that people no longer capable of driving safely should not be on Florida’s roads. If you have been hurt because of an accident caused by an unsafe or negligent motorist, please give us a call at (800) 533-3555. We may be able to help you obtain compensation to offset medical bills and other damages.