Seven cars were involved in a crash near a Walmart in Tennessee, and an elderly pedestrian was injured in the wreck. He is 73 years old.
Emergency crews wasted no time rushing him to the hospital, where his last reported condition was stable. The man was admitted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
The accident was apparently caused by a 91-year-old man in an Oldsmobile 88 who lost control as he attempted to back up in the parking lot. This happened at around 1:30 in the afternoon.
Police reports say that the 91-year-old accelerated very quickly out of the parking spot. Nearby, the 73-year-old was standing behind his own car. The Oldsmobile slammed into him, pinning him between the cars.
Even then, the Oldsmobile did not stop. It kept pushing, wheels squealing, until the 73-year-old man’s car hit the one ahead of it.
There was then a brief pause, and the Oldsmobile sprang forward abruptly. It almost ran down a second pedestrian, then smashed into two more cars.
Still not done, the elderly driver tried to go between the two vehicles he had just hit, almost running over another person, then hit more vehicles and a light pole before coming to a stop. The man claimed that his car was at fault, saying he couldn’t stop because the gas pedal was stuck.
This story shows how even the most mundane of activities, like that afternoon trip to the local Walmart, can turn nearly fatal in a heartbeat. After a car accident resulting in serious injuries, it is very important for those who are injured to know what legal rights they may have to financial compensation.
Source: The Daily Times, “Pedestrian stable after seven-car crash outside Maryville Walmart,” Wes Wade, Feb. 17, 2018