83-Year-Old Man Crashes SUV at the Santee Post Office

No injuries or other other cars were involved in the accident reportedly caused by hitting the gas instead of the brakes.

An SUV caused an accident in the parking lot of the post office in Santee on Wednesday, the Santee Sheriff's Dept. reports.

An 83-year-old man told deputies he was pulling into a handicap parking spot when he accidentally stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brakes.

According to witnesses, the SUV jumped a curb, took down a light stand and a pillar supporting an overhang in front of the post office, and narrowly missed a woman and child.

The SUV never made entry into the building, no other cars were involved and no one was reported injured. 

The driver was evaluated and released by paramedics on scene and was issued a notice of re-examination for his DMV license.

A traffic deputy is investigating.

Earlene December 08, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Sometimes children of the elderly should step in and take the necessary steps to remove the car keys from those who should no longer be driving. So many of these types of accidents happen when the elderly driver says he/she mistook the accelerator for the brakes. If they can't tell the difference they should no longer be driving. Sorry to sound so harsh, but the safety of everyone on the road depends on such a decision.
Joe Spencer December 10, 2011 at 06:18 PM
I completely agree with Earlene. This topic is almost taboo for any politician to touch and it's a shame. The fact is though...we put a restriction on the YOUNG end of driving because they are not ready for it....why then do we not put a restriction of some sort on the OLD end of it? It obviously couldnt be a set "age" limit as some people lose their reactions quicker...some people hold on to them much longer than most at their age. BUT there HAS to be a better job by the DMV to regulate this. I have witnessed first hand how much of a JOKE the DMV is when it comes to re-issuing a license to the elderly. While I truly do understand the fact that losing the ability to drive takes away a big part of independence....the safety of everyone else is more important. There are TOO MANY stories of elderly people hittin gth egas instead of the brake and hitting a building.
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