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100-year-old driver says "sorry" after hitting 11 people

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Thursday, 30 August 2012

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A 100-year-old driver who injured at least four children by accidentally backing his car onto a sidewalk near an elementary school in Los Angeles says he's sorry

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Preston Carter, 100, reversed in his 1990 Cadillac onto a sidewalk outside a South Los Angeles elementary school on Wednesday, hitting a group of people and injuring at least four children.

"I lost control of the car," Carter said.
"The brakes failed, I think. I’m sorry."

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, eleven people were hurt, including nine children, when the accident occurred at around 2.30pm local time at Main Street Elementary School.

The Los Angeles Police Department said Carter was being cooperative. Reportedly Carter had a valid driving license with a clean driving record.

His daughter, Rose Jenkins, told reporters that she had wanted her dad to stop driving for the past year.

"I think this is a wakeup call for him and I don't think he will be driving any more," Jenkins said.

According to California's department of motor vehicles, people aged over 70 must renew their driving license in person, and may be required to take a supplemental driving test if questions are raised about their ability to drive.
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