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11 hurt when car crashes into crowd near Los Angeles school

  • A Los Angeles City firefighter assists a child, one of eight people injured when a car sped onto a sidewalk and plowed into a group of parents and children outside Main Street Elementary school, Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012 in Los Angeles. The crash occurred at 2:50 p.m., shortly after school had let out for the day, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Unified School District. (AP Photo/La Opinion, J. Emilio Flores)

LOS ANGELES — A 100-year-old man backed his car on to a sidewalk and hit 11 people, including nine children, across from an elementary school in South Los Angeles just after classes had ended Wednesday, authorities said.

Four of the children were in critical condition when firefighters arrived but they were stabilized and were in serious condition at a hospital, city fire Capt. Jaime Moore said. Everyone was expected to survive, he said.

The powder blue Cadillac backed slowly into the group of parents and children buying snacks from a sidewalk vendor, and the crowd banged on his windows and screamed for him to stop, but not before some of the children were trapped under the car, witnesses said.

Children's backpacks, shoes, candy and loose change were strewn about the scene behind a discount grocery store across from Main Street Elementary.

Police identified the driver as Preston Carter and said he was being very cooperative.


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