According to NBC 7 in San Diego, a November 3 car accident left a car crashed in the produce section of a grocery store. As shoppers were taking care of some Sunday afternoon shopping at a Spring Valley, California Save-A-Lot, an 85-year-old man drove his car through the front of the store and all the way into the produce section.
“It sounded like an explosion,” Wayne Rambo, a Spring Valley resident who was across the street at the time of the accident, told NBC 7. “I thought one of the washing machines in the laundromat exploded or something.”
The accident happened shortly before 2 p.m. The 85-year-old had just dropped his daughter off in front of the Save-A-Lot in the 8700 block of Broadway and was going to park the car, but ended up plowing into the store instead.
“It looked like a bomb went off because there was glass all over the place,” Rambo said, describing what he saw when he went over to view the accident site.
After the accident, the store was evacuated. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the driver suffered a minor injury but that no one in the Save-A-Lot was hurt. The 85-year-old will have to get his driver’s license re-evaluated, according to the CHP.
A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that in 2008, more than 5,500 older adults were killed and more than 183,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes, which amounts to 15 older adults killed and 500 injured in crashes on average every day. In addition, the CDC also reports that age-related declines in vision and cognitive functioning (ability to reason and remember), as well as physical changes, may affect some older adults’ driving abilities.
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Did you know?: There were 33 million licensed older drivers in 2009, which is a 23 percent increase from 1999.
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