Security cameras spot the 92-year-old as he backs his 2007 Chrysler Pacifica out of his parking spot and then pulls forward, striking a car. He plows into the car and keeps driving, pushing another car out of its space and into the path of a vehicle driving around the lot. At this point, police say, he panics, reverses and slams into cars parked behind him. He then hits another parked car and a truck looking for a spot. Ten cars were involved in the accident, seven of which were parked. Police are still investigating, but no charges have been brought against the driver.
A 92-year-old man behind the wheel of a car might sound irresponsible, but it can be difficult to figure out which adults may be too old to drive. In some states, people can anonymously report dangerous drivers to their department of motor vehicles. That driver will then be tested to see if their driving ability is impaired.
Accidents caused by the elderly are rare, but they can be deadly. In 2012, a 100-year-old man got behind the wheel of his car and drove backwards down a sidewalk outside a school yard, hitting nine children and two adults. Crashes caused by the elderly could get much worse: the number of Americans over the age of 70 is set to explode in coming years, going from 28.5 million in 2011 and rising to 52.7 million in 2030, according to the US Census.