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Nine injured as car crashes into concert crowd

Published 22/08/2016

The incident occurred in Parma Heights, Ohio
The incident occurred in Parma Heights, Ohio

The 74-year-old driver of a car that crashed into a crowd at an outdoor concert in Ohio confused the brake pedal with the accelerator, police have said.

Nine people were injured, two of them seriously, when th e woman drove on to a small dance floor on Sunday night in a car park in Parma Heights, about 10 miles south of Cleveland.

The incident happened during a Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin tribute concert, part of a series of outdoor gigs. It was the last one scheduled for the summer, and more than 100 people were in attendance.

Det Sgt Steve Scharschmidt said the driver was leaving the concert when she accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake as she was pulling out of her parking space.

He said she drove on to the dance floor, hitting eight people. She then struck a telephone pole and a car as she tried to correct herself.

Mr Scharschmidt said the woman, who has not been identified, was "shaken up" by the incident.

Six of those injured were taken to hospital, two of them in a serious condition. Three others, including the driver, were treated at the scene for minor injuries. The victims are all aged in their 50s, 60s or 70s.

The car park where the incident happened is also the parking area for the Parma Heights Police Department.

"We had an officer inside who had heard all the people screaming and he went out the front door," Mr Scharschmidt said.

Charges against the woman have not been filed but the investigation is ongoing, he added.


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