A fatal car and pedestrian accident in a Bradenton parking lot has raised the question about elderly drivers. Because Florida has a high population of seniors and fatal crashes, many are wondering if our state should have more rigorous testing involving senior drivers.
Recently, on Sunday, February 2, 2014, Doreen Landstra, a 79-year-old driver, got into her 2009 Chevy Tahoe to back out of a parking spot at the Sugar Creek Country Club when she lost control of her vehicle. As a result, she plowed through a group of seven people who were in the parking lot.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Landstra needed more room to clear a parked car and continued backing up into the crowd of people. Sadly, three people died in this tragic accident, two victims are in serious condition, and two people were treated and then released.
The Florida Highway Patrol cited Landstra, of Palmetto, with improper backing in the incident. However, she has not been charged with anything else at this time for this triple fatality parking lot crash. The FHP report stated that an investigation is being made before Landstra will face any further charges.
Now many across this state are wondering if driving limitations should be in place on older drivers or more tests should be conducted to gauge if a senior driver should still have his or her driver’s license.
Mallard Perez is saddened to hear of this tragedy and would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and those at the country club who have been affected by this fatal crash.