Five Pedestrians in Highland Park Struck by 87 Year-old Driver
By Jacqueline García
An 87 year-old man driving southbound on Avenue 57 near a school in Highland Park hit five members of the same family Friday morning around 8 a.m.
The collision near Yorkdale Elementary School left a 52-year-old grandmother and a 10-year-old girl in critical condition, LAFD Battalion Chief Steve Ruda said.
A 32-year-old woman who is the daughter of the 52-year-old woman and her two sons, ages 7 and 9, were listed in serious condition, Ruda said. The 10- year-old girl was a cousin, he said.
All three children were believed to be Yorkdale students.
It appears the elderly man — identified in broadcast reports as Luis Carbajal — accidentally stepped on the gas and ran a stop sign at the corner of Avenue 57 and Meridian St. and hit the pedestrians walking in the crosswalk, LAPD Officer Julius Wells told EGP at the scene.
Wells said the driver was not arrested because it appeared to be an accident and he did stop and was cooperating with police.
“He is going to have his license reevaluated and they are going to probably take it away, but that is up to the DMV,” Wells said.
The driver, who remained at the scene until picked up by a family member, was visibly upset. “He stopped in the middle of the street and he was just devastated,” Wilson Caraman, a nearby resident, told NBC4.
Information from City News Service used in this report.
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