Channel 4 reports that three pedestrians were killed and four others seriously hurt after an elderly woman backed her SUV into a group of people Sunday outside a Florida clubhouse.
The crash happened outside the Sugar Creek Country Club at 11:20 a.m. in Bradenton, about 45 miles south of Tampa. Residents had gathered for church services inside the building, which is located in a mobile home community, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Gregory Bueno said. According to FHP, the 79 year old woman attempted to back her car out of a parking spot at the Sugar Creek Country Club. The driver struck a crowd of several pedestrians, leaving three dead and others injured. The elderly woman and her passenger were not hurt.
In 2009, there were 33 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older in the United States. Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent. But the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as you age. An average of 500 older adults are injured every day in crashes.
Many physical changes are involved that affect driving in older people. Not all seniors have these characteristics, but these are some of the reasons why the elderly are more prone to car crashes.