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Unlicensed teen driver strikes, kills elderly pedestrian

A 17-year-old Florida boy was cited for driving without a license, and his mother for knowingly allowing him to get behind the wheel, after a car accident left an elderly pedestrian dead over the weekend.

The crash happened on Saturday afternoon outside a laundromat at a shopping plaza in Deltona. The family had apparently just unloaded a batch of clothing at the laundromat when the boy’s mother told him to move the family van. As the teenager was driving the vehicle, his foot apparently slipped off the brake and hit the gas instead, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

The van reportedly lunged forward, jumped a median and struck an 84-year-old woman who was walking to her own car nearby. The van apparently dragged her a short distance, and then the young driver circled around back to the woman so that he could check on her. However, according to media reports, the parking brake was not on, and the van struck the woman another time. The van ultimately came to a stop just in front of one of the shopping plaza businesses.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities described the situation as an accident and said that criminal charges were not likely to be filed against the teenager. Depending on the circumstances, in situations like this one family members of a victim may opt to file a civil lawsuit.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Teen strikes, kills elderly woman,” Desiree Stennett, July 29, 2012