Car Bowls Over People At Farmer's Market


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Rusher
July 16, 2003, 06:24 PM
I know it's a little off topic but kinda related..........time to ban cars and SUV's that can go over 15 mph......................







Car Bowls Over People At Farmer's Market

8 Confirmed Dead, Up To 40 People Injured, 10 Critically

Jul 16, 2003 2:17 pm US/Pacific
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (CBS) A car plowed through a Santa Monica farmer's market Wednesday, killing at least eight people and injuring about 40 others, 10 critically, according to initial reports.

Witnesses said the maroon-colored sedan, with what appeared to be an elderly driver, sped through the pedestrian area at 4th Street and Arizona Avenue, bowling over people and vendors' booths about 2 p.m.

Witnesses also said the car appeared to have been going about 60 mph as it flashed through the area.

The car came to a stop at Second Street and Arizona -- the end of the two-block market area where witnesses said there were several hundred people. Its front windshield was smashed from the force of bodies and other items that apparently hit it.

The driver was transported to a local hospital with injuries. He was the only one inside the car at the time of the accident, according to authorities. It is unclear what caused the driver to speed through the area.

Witness Rony Soussan spoke to KCAL 9 News. Like the others, he was shaken by what he had just seen.

"I just couldn't believe ... there were babies, elderly people. We saw people covered up in blood. It's like a war zone. I just couldn't believe, I couldn't believe it."

Soussan said he was "just in such a panic. I couldn't believe the sight. We were only 20 meters from that intersection. We blinked and (the car) was gone."

He said he thought a building had collapsed at one point. He said one group of people in wheelchairs got lucky as the car whizzed by, missing them.

"They were shaking," he said. "It must have been so frightening."

Authorities called 10 ambulances from several neighoboring cities, including Los Angeles and Culver City.

Victims were being treated at the scene or transported to local hospitals.

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Art Eatman
July 16, 2003, 06:25 PM
Tragic, for sure.

OT.

Art

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