Ten people, including nine children and an adult, were injured after a 70-year-old woman drove onto a sidewalk and slammed into a large group of children waiting to be picked up after school. According to an NBC San Diego news report, the crash occurred the afternoon of May 13, 2016. Police say the woman was backing into a parking spot when she hit another vehicle, panicked and put the car into drive and hit the gas. That was when she drove onto a sidewalk and crashed into the waiting children.
Several Victims Reported
The incident occurred at Del Mar Heights Elementary School on Boquita Drive in north San Diego County. Nine children including an 11-month-old baby were injured as was an adult. The baby was in a stroller, which officials said, was pinned underneath the car. Nine children, including an 11-month old baby plus one adult, were injured in the crash. The infant was in a stroller, which authorities said was pinned beneath the car. Several victims were transported to area hospitals including three with traumatic injuries. Police say alcohol or drugs are not suspected. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the injured victims of this crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the car made a mistake as she backed up and struck another vehicle. What ensued was that the woman panicked and stepped on the gas instead of hitting the brake and stopping the vehicle. Police have said that the driver in this case was not under the influence. However, there are other questions here. Was the driver distracted or inattentive? Was there a dangerous condition on the school’s parking lot, which may have caused or contributed to this crash?
If the driver in this case is determined to have caused this crash, she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Injured victims in such cases would also be well advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.