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Driver hits 11: Are elderly drivers making roads unsafe? (+video)

Driver hits 11: 100-year-old driver hits 11 people, including nine children, near a school in Los Angeles. What restrictions do drivers over age 70 face? 

Authorities say a 100-year-old man drove onto a sidewalk and hit 11 people, including nine children, across from an elementary school in Los Angeles. Some of the victims were trapped under the car before witnesses helped pull them out.
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Preston Carter, a 100-year old driver, backed his large blue Cadillac into a crowd of people standing on a sidewalk Wednesday afternoon near an elementary school in Los Angeles.

Four of the children were in serious condition at a hospital, city fire Capt. Jaime Moore told the Associated Press. Everyone was expected to survive, he said.

Mr. Preston has not been arrested, but the accident remains under investigation.

But this is the kind of tragic accident that reignites debate how to keep the roads safe from elderly drivers. A similar incident in 2000 in North Carolina, prompted calls for more restrictions, as The Christian Science Monitor reported at the time.

Many states already have measures in place to check on the driving abilities of seniors. California is no exception. The California's Department of Motor Vehicles requires that people over age 70 renew their driver's license in person, rather than via the Internet or by mail. Older drivers can also be required to take a supplemental driving test if they fail a vision exam, or if a police officer, a physician, or a family member raises questions about their ability to drive.

What does your state require? Check this AAA site.


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