It's never pleasant to run across a story of an elderly driver plowing through a group of innocent pedestrians, but here we are. This time 100-year-old Preston Carter lost control of his Cadillac Sedan de Ville, drove up on the sidewalk and injured 11 people across the street from Main Street Elementary School, which had just let out.

Carter, who turns 101 on September 5, said his brakes failed when he hit the group of kids waiting to be picked up by parents, but a witness said that he had put his car into reverse just before running over the curb into the crowd of people. Four kids were trapped under the car, and people nearby were able to lift the car up to get them to safety. In total, nine school kids and two adults were injured and taken to the hospital, and four of the victims were in critical condition. None of the injuries were life-threatening, according to a report by the local CBS affiliate, KCAL.

When asked why he is still driving, Carter simply said, "They gave me the license." Scroll down for the news report.


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      rollie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am a senior citizen. As such, I can say that nobody beyond the age of 80 should be allowed behind the wheel. I cannot handle a car as I did when I was younger. This becomes even worse as I get older. I know it, I believe it. I LOVE to drive, but I know that at an age of 80, or more, get off the road. I'll be smart enough to do that, even if I hate it. I really don't like to kill people.............
      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hang with seniors some of whom are dangerous in their sixties and with some who do okay in their nineties. It has to do with whatever goes on in their brains. There should be a cognitive test for peripheral vision, memory, and hand/foot/eye coordination. It's obvious that gutless legislators are so afraid of losing votes that they won't restrict driving until something like this happens, and then it will be discussed in committee and buried.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Edward
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          askroon
          • 2 Years Ago
          I know plenty of elderly people in the UK who are still driving, and some of them are very very dangerous drivers. The laws in Britain do not prevent it. My grandmother in Leicester stopped driving but some of her friends in their 90s are still driving and we will not get in a car with them. What's the cause of your apparent rage against the US?
          Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years Ago
          His vision might suck but this doesn't even sound like a vision issue. And to be honest while I think he probably pushed the wrong pedal nobody's finished examining the car yet-maybe he's car's brakes are just as old. But there's a HUGE variance in performance at age 100, as people get older the gap between people who aren't doing well and people who do well widens a lot-almost all 20 year old kids are gonna have pretty similar levels of functioning (relatively) but once you're 95 most people are either dead or have significant physical or mental issues. This guy obviously is doing very well for 100-he's staying active and walking around and (unwisely) driving around. At the end of the day I don't think he should drive around, but I don't think you can just say everyone over some arbitrary age shouldn't drive. I mean someday you're gonna be old too and I know 75 year olds who run marathons, work out every day, still go to work in fields that require significant learning/knowledge, etc.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gotta love the gold pimp grille.
      Nick M
      • 2 Years Ago
      " In total, nine school kids and two adults were injured and taken to the hospital, and four of the victims were in critical condition. None of the injuries were life-threatening, according to a report by the local CBS affiliate, KCAL." Um...how can someone be in critical condition but without the threat of losing their life?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick M
        Broken bones
        Corey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick M
        Living is a life-threatening condition. Come on, don't be dense. The "condition" of serious, critical, stable, etc is just function of the patient's current condition--their needs, etc.
        Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick M
        They were stabilized by the paramedics. This could be true-like if your airway is significantly compromised but the paramedics get an airway access in.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick M
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      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey lay off this old guy...according to his son "He's complete of all his facilities."
      beanrew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Obvious comment of the day... The US needs stricter license requirements and follow up verification for EVERYONE after a certain age. 1 strike and you're done DUI etc. etc. Driving a car is no game.
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @beanrew
        Why not? When the tables are turned on young drivers, the tone is quite similar.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think they should make older people have a temporary license at renewal until they take a mandatory road-test. It is not age discrimination. It is proven that ,as you get older, your sight, nerves and other parts of your body start to fail. Hell, I am not driving if I cannot see or rationalize what is on the road. It is called being a grandparent (sucks if you go though life without having children.) There is access-a-rides. There are senior citizen services that cater to older adults that become dependent. It is nothing to be a shamed of, but then again, what caused this accident was pride. Pride to keep driving, even though you should not have been behind the wheel.
      Aeryck Soxtreme
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is similar to the lottery winner who is on EBT. "Shyt....they gave it to me!":
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        Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        The statistics actually show that 70 and 80 something year olds drive better than people in their early 20s-they actually have less crashes per mile driven (so it's not just that they don't drive very often-they really crash less). Source AAA via: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/241762/ So are you going to boot all teenagers and 20-24 year olds off the road too?
        xspeedy
        • 2 Years Ago
        Likely has nothing to do with vision. Just as vision has nothing to do with confusing the gas and brake.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @xspeedy
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      Ben Dover
      • 2 Years Ago
      This was no accident. Its called "organ farming" and whoever wins bingo is designated driver for that week.
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      100 years is too old for driving! my grand dad quit driving at 65 because of the health
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      He's still driving because "they gave me the license." So does that also mean they took away his ability to rationalize?
        samagon0
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        No, he's right. The state deemed him safe to drive, or they wouldn't have continued to renew his license. If they state were partial to drivers based on their ability to pilot a vehicle, and not just pass a vision exam for the 'pass' stamp, there'd be drivers who are 20, or 30 that don't get to renew. That's a revenue stream (in terms of gasoline tax, and other taxes) the state isn't willing to just let slip away.
          samagon0
          • 2 Years Ago
          @samagon0
          Besides, if you take away the drivers license (independence) from these older folks, then they have to go live in heavens waiting rooms around the country.
        Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        To be fair to the guy he's still walking around and according to the videos he lives by himself and takes care of himself just fine. There are plenty of 70 year olds who are in way worse condition than this guy so it's not just an arbitrary age thing-you can have dementia at 70 if you have bad genes and this guy obviously has pretty good aging genes since he's made it to 100 without dropping dead, and more impressively he's walking around and living by himself (that's even more rare than living to 100). But we definitely need to come up with better rules now that people can live a lot longer with modern medicine. It's still largely genetic but back in the day even with good genes you'd be toast by 90.
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