14 injured in crash involving 100-year-old driver
Los Angeles police said Thursday that 14 people, not the 11 initially reported, were injured when a 100-year-old driver backed his car into a group of people waiting to cross the street near a South Los Angeles elementary school.
Det. John Meneses of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division said 11 children and three adults were injured Wednesday afternoon when Preston Carter, 100, allegedly backed his Cadillac into the group waiting near Main Street Elementary School.
Meneses said two of the victims remained hospitalized Thursday but were in stable condition.
The detective said the investigation into the accident was just beginning and may take weeks. But he said a key focus for investigators will be Carter’s claim that his brakes may have failed, causing him to strike the pedestrians.
“That’s a primary issue for us right now, because the gentleman made the assertion that he had some kind of mechanical failure,” Meneses said.
He said investigators would be interviewing victims and other witnesses and examining data from analysis of the man's vehicle.
“I’m so sorry that it happened,” she told a Times reporter, “and I’m thanking God none of them died.”
Carter has a current driver's license and no history of traffic violations, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said.
-- Ruben Vives in South Los Angeles and Robert J. Lopez and Rebecca Trounson